Meet our Cardiff Orthodontists

The Orthodontic Centre Cardiff’s team of orthodontists:

Dr Darren Hills

BDS (Bris). MScD (Wales), FDSRCS (Eng), MOrthRCS (Eng), MOrthRCS (Edin)

Specialist Orthodontist (GDC No 63864) Dr Hills is a registered Orthodontic Specialist with the General Dental Council, a member of the European and American Association of Orthodontists and a member of the British Orthodontic Society. Locally he serves as the Secretary of the British Dental Association of Bristol and Bath and sits on the Local Dental and Orthodontic Committees. He qualified as a dental surgeon in 1988 from Bristol University. After a series of hospital appointments (in the specialties of maxillofacial surgery and children's dentistry) and two spells in general practice, he embarked on a formal three year orthodontic training program at University of Wales, Cardiff which he completed in 1996 gaining two awards along the way. He then returned to Bristol to set up Bristol Orthodontics which has lead the way in Children’s Orthodontics in the Bristol area and continues to provide the majority of the care received today. While working in both practices, he developed an interest and passion for treating adults and the additional challenges this presents. For over a decade, he has been a certified user of invisible braces (Invisalign and many lingual techniques) and has refined his skills to provide a wide range of treatment options for his adult patients. His enjoyment of Adult Orthodontics motivated him to open The SmileSuite, initially just a private orthodontic practice, in 2006. Over the years since, the practice has expanded in size and diversified to offering other specialist treatments. Dr Hills has lectured on orthodontics both nationally and internationally and has won awards both individually and with the practice. He is now Clinical Director of a large group of 6 specialist practices and in 2012 was voted the 8th most influential private practitioner in the UK. In his spare time, he enjoys a variety of sporting activities, travelling and architecture.

Dr Simon Wigglesworth

BDS, FDSRCS (Eng), DorthRCS (Eng)

Specialist Orthodontist (GDC No 45080) Simon is a registered orthodontic specialist with the General Dental Council and a member of the British Orthodontic Society. He qualified as a dental surgeon in 1971 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After a series of hospital appointments and spells in general dental practice he specialised in orthodontics. He gained a diploma in Orthodontics from the Eastman Dental Hospital London following a formal training programme and thereafter focussed on a hospital career becoming consultant orthodontist at Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport in 1980. He retired from this in 2007 and started working part time at the Orthodontic Centre Cardiff.

Dr Tomos Crandon

BDS (Wales) MScD, MFDSRcs (Edin) MOrth (Edin)

Specialist Orthodontist (GDC No 80792) Tomos qualified in dentistry at Cardiff in 2002 and gained a diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2007. After a variety of hospital posts, including paediatric dentistry, maxillofacial surgery and five years in general dental practice, Tomos began his 3 year specialist orthodontic training in 2008 where he gained a distinction in his Masters in research and his Membership in Orthodontics in Edinburgh. He is registered with the General Dental Council as a specialist in orthodontics. He is a member of the British Orthodontic Society, the European Orthodontic Society and The British Lingual Orthodontic Society. Tomos has a special interest in cosmetic orthodontics and is a registered 'incognito' practitioner. Outside of work he enjoys weekends away with friends and is currently renovating a derelict farm in Cowbridge, South Wales, where he hopes to keep retired police horses.

Dr Andra Liepa

Dip.Zobarsta (Latvia), MOrthRCS (Edin), Phd

Specialist Orthodontist (GDC No. 189187) Andra qualified as a dental surgeon in 1994 from the Institute of Stomatology, Stradins University, Riga. She trained on a formal three year orthodontic training programme and completed her PhD studies in the Use of Occlusal Indices in orthodontic resource allocation. She completed her Memberships in Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2005. She was appointed associate professor in 2004 and continues to be an external examiner for both the undergraduate and post graduate programme in Riga University. She works two days per week at the University Dental School, Department of Orthodontics, Cardiff University. She has active interests in 3Dimensional imaging and CPD for Dentists. She is a co-holder of an EU grant into harmonisation of CPD throughout Europe. In her spare time she is a keen gardener, enjoys reading and looking after her pets.

Dr Helen Griffith

BDS (Wales)

Dental Surgeon (GDC No 62204) Helen qualified as a dental surgeon in1987 from Cardiff University. After a number of hospital posts, she worked in general practice for 13 years. Following this Helen worked for the community dental service in Gwent for 4 years, and began working at The Orthodontic Centre solely in the speciality of Orthodontics. Memberships include British Dental Association and British Society of Paediatric Dentistry. Helen has recently restarted horse riding again after many years

We also have three orthodontic therapists, one hygienist and one sterilisation assistant:

  • Rainer Edwards (GDC No 146060) - Orthodontic Therapist
  • Nicola Engstrom (GDC No 117102) - Orthodontic Therapist
  • Alison Lowe (GDC No 4196) - Hygienist
  • Debbie Cockram - Sterilisation Assistant

All of the above are supported by our registered dental nurses:

  • Jessica Conlin (GDC No 175227)
  • Daniele Gadd (GDC No 112939)
  • Amy Llewellyn (GDC No 117978)
  • Michelle McLaughlin (GDC No 154338)
  • Sarah Williams (GDC No 121784)
  • Paula Hamilton-Davies (GDC No 116369)
  • Bernadette Carroll (GDC No 215132)

The clinical team is supported by a dedicated team of 6 administration staff:

  • Jan Hewitson – Practice Manager
  • Christine Williams – Secretary
  • Debbie Streeter – Administration
  • Sara Evans – Administration
  • Sarah Shepheard - Receptionist