London orthodontist Dr Adil Mannan has been chosen as the winner of the British Orthodontic Society’s 2014 ‘Against the Odds’ competition, for helping a patient to smile again – the second year running he has won the top prize.
Dr Mannan, who works at The Orthodontic Practice in Battersea, was nominated for the prestigious award by the mother of one of his patients after helping her daughter to overcome a fear of going to the dentist.
Jade McGuigan (pictured with Dr Mannan), 19, who has learning difficulties, speech problems and suffers from anxiety, needed a brace for years but was too afraid to go to the dentist. Every time an appointment was booked for her, she suffered sleepless nights worrying about the treatment. That was until her mother, Jenni McGuigan, took her to see Dr Mannan and his reassuring manner put her at ease.
Jade explained, ‘I have always needed braces but I found it too hard to go to the dentist because of my anxieties. Then my mum took me to see Dr Mannan and he was so kind I felt reassured and calm for the first time ever. When I started having breathing problems in the waiting room, he talked me through everything and kept telling me everything would be fine. After almost two years of treatment, I now have a lovely smile and I smile all the time. I can’t thank him enough; I think he should be called Dr Dream-maker.’
Dr Mannan said, ‘I am delighted to have won this award for the second year running. Jade was a dental-phobic patient but gradually we gained her trust and confidence which helped her to complete her treatment successfully. It’s nice to have some recognition for the work we do throughout the year. I try to treat every patient I see as an individual and tailor their treatment to their requirements.’
As the winning entry, Jade received £750 worth of travel vouchers. Dr Mannan was recognised at the British Orthodontic Society’s annual conference, which took place in Edinburgh from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 September.
Two other orthodontists were commended by the judges. Dr Alastair McNeill, who works at the Finaghy Orthodontics in Belfast, and Dr Catherine McCanny, who works at St Michael’s Orthodontics in Wakefield, came joint second.