Give a Smile™ treats one thousandth patient

Dr Ted Crawford (right) with Emma, Give A Smile's first patient.

With hospital waiting list pain tipped to get worse, one not for profit organisation is giving Australians something to smile about. Give a Smile™, a charitable arm of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) treated its 1000th patient last week.

The family of 16-year-old Samantha Lynch was unable to afford orthodontic treatment, until the Give a Smile™ initiative came along. Samantha is one of 12 children.

“I was a little nervous about having braces put on but I can’t wait to see my new smile and not have to cover my teeth,” said Samantha.

“Patients accepted into the Give a Smile™ program are offered full orthodontic care for no fee. Their treatment takes approximately two years,” said Give a Smile™ founder, Dr Ted Crawford.

“Since our foundation in 2005, we have been able to save the public health system almost $9 million,” he said.

Currently there are more than 250 Give a Smile orthodontists across the country offering their skills to help patients in need.

Founded in 2005, Give a Smile™ has assisted families by providing pro bono care for children who would have otherwise had to go without.


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  1. Founding a project such as “Give a Smile” must be seen as one of the giant leaps forward for dentistry. Congratulations are inadequate. Complementing this outstanding effort with effective education on prevention of dental diseases will take giant steps forward to allow plenty of opportunities to have something to smile about for so many important fellow humans.


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