Hubert C. Visick (1880 – 1948)

Hubert Visick was born in 1880 in Hampstead, London to surgeon Arthur Baxter Visick and Mary Anne Gates, who was part of the Gates family of the founded Cow and Gate. Little is known of Hubert’s childhood but Hubert and at least two of his brothers went into the dental profession in the early 1900s.

Hubert C. Visick was an early pioneer of orthodontics in the UK. In 1906 he attended Angle’s School of Orthodontia in America but argued with Angle and had to leave the course. A later investigation by the American Society of Orthodontists sided with Visick and led to Angle resignation from the Society that he had founded in 1900.

In 1907 Visick and his brother Hedley, became founding members of the British Society for the Study of Orthodontics. Hubert is first mentioned in the 1908 BSSO Transactions for exhibiting models and photographs of a case and asking for advice on treatment. He became curator of the museum in the same year but had to resign from the post in 1909 due to ill health and Hedley took over the role.

In 1912 Visick married Lilian Bostock. Hubert and Hedley established a successful dental and orthodontic practice in Eastbourne in 1917 called the Visick Brothers.

Hubert was an active member of the BSSO and gave papers on a wide range of topics. He acted as treasurer and was elected as President but unfortunately was unable to take on the role due to ill health. In 1938 Hubert gave a demonstration to the BSSO on a pair of modified Cale-Matthews pliers used for band forming. These later became known as Visick pliers and were commonly used in the construction of fixed appliances.

The Visick practice was hit during an air raid on Eastbourne in 1943. By 1945 Hubert had retired and moved to Cheltenham.

Hubert donated many items to the museum. Among the items are a box of appliances donated in 1947. The box contains a selection of vulcanite and acrylic removable appliances with hand written labels describing the features of each appliance. Spurs are a common feature of these appliances and the collection also contains two hand drawn pictures of a lingual spur and oversized models of a lingual spur and 3/4 crib.