About GAS

Our Journey

When Dr Ted Crawford took over the Presidency of the Australian Society of Orthodontists in 2004, he did so with a mission - an avowed intent to 'do something useful'. Give a Smile is the result of that mission.

Having successfully navigated the operational differences between each state’s dental health department, Give a Smile was established to allow ASO members to receive one patient each year from the public dental waiting lists and to treat them for free in their private practice.

To this day, the Give a Smile Committee runs the program with the invaluable help of a willing team of volunteers, generous supporters and, of course, the many Give a Smile orthodontists throughout Australia. Give a Smile celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2020 as well as the milestone of treating its 2000th patient.

You can read more about Give a Smile on the Orthodontics Australia website.

Smile stories

The Orthodontics Australia website features Smile stories. These are GAS case studies, which help to highlight the important work that ASO members carry out across the country through the Give a Smile program. if you would like to submit a new Smile Story or for any questions, please email [email protected]