About GAS

Our Journey

When Dr Ted Crawford took over the Presidenncy 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 10th anniversary in 2015 as well as celebrated the milestone of treating its 1500th patient in the same year.