Richard WilliamsBDS FDS RCPS MSc Morth
Partner and Specialist Orthodontist
Why did you specialise in Orthodontics?
I was exposed to orthodontics at an early age due to the fact that my dad was also a specialist orthodontist. I even earned some pocket money making the plaster models of his patients' teeth so was able to see the amazing affect that braces could have. I could also not avoid being fitted with braces and therefore saw the benefits for myself.
What's the best part of your job?
I have always liked the fact that orthodontics is one of the few branches of dentistry where the patients want to be treated! It could be said that braces are now "trendy"! Patients are much more dentally aware, are looking for the "perfect" smile and know that orthodontic treatment is the way to achieve this. To see the "before and after" photos and the positive change braces can make on patients, often during their most important formative years, is hugely rewarding.
Whats the worst part of your job?
It can be very frustrating (for orthodontists and parents alike!) when patients do not wear their retainers, and their teeth start to relapse.
Do you have any special interests within it?
I have played the French Horn since I was 7 years of age and was playing regularly when I was fitted with fixed braces. I therefore have an unique insight in to the affects of orthodontic treatment on wind and brass instrument players. I have had many musical patients with understandable concerns about wearing braces but with my experience have encouraged them through. With more practice, not less, their playing can continue to improve whilst still benefitting from orthodontic treatment.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
Most of my fun outside work is with my wife and 2 young sons. I do also play the horn in a local orchestra and enjoy playing golf, skiing and five-a-side football when the opportunities arise. I am getting a bit old for the football though!
- More about Richard
Richard is a highly specialised orthodontic practitioner with over 18 years experience in dentistry. He provides specialist orthodontic treatment for both children and adults seeking an improvement in the appearance of their teeth and their smile. He qualified in dentistry at Guy’s Hospital in December 1993, gaining honours in dental surgery. As part of this course Richard travelled to Mauritius, where there is a high rate of type 2 diabetes, to carry out research on the link between this condition and gum (periodontal) disease. The results of this research were published in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry. Following a year as a vocational trainee in general dental practice, he had 2½ years of hospital surgical experience as senior house officer in maxillo-facial surgery. During this period Richard was awarded his Fellowship in Dental Surgery.
Richard spent a year in general dental practice gaining experience in all branches of dentistry before embarking on his orthodontic specialist training back at Guy’s. He completed the 3 year course in 2001, gaining an MSc and MOrth, and was then included on the General Dental Council specialist register (GDC No: 69758)
Richard now works in specialist practice providing friendly, high quality care. He actively keeps up to date with advances in orthodontics and is pleased to be able to provide a wide range of treatments and appliances to suit most patients’ needs. Richard is a member of the British and European Orthodontic Societies.
Richard plays the french horn to a high standard and has done so since the age of 7 years. In his early teens he was treated with fixed appliances during his busiest horn-playing years. As an orthodontist and a brass player Richard has personal experience of the challenges associated with playing a wind instrument while undergoing orthodontic treatment and can give relevant help, advice and support.
Richard is married to Bridget and has two sons, Jonty and Felix. As well as his music he enjoys skiing and golf whenever his family life allows!