Give a Smile™ (GAS) is a valuable public health initiative established by the ASO.
Give a Smile™ members treat patients from public orthodontic waiting lists across Australia pro bono. Give a Smile™ recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary!
GAS means hundreds of children in lower income families for whom professional orthodontic treatment would otherwise be out of reach are treated in private practices and are removed from public health waiting lists. At present there are more than 350 Give a Smile orthodontists right across Australia – from Bunbury to Cairns and in between – offering their unique skills to children in need. The impressive support level of more than 65 per cent of all ASO orthodontists has resulted in a massive 10 per cent reduction in public orthodontic waiting lists nationally.
With nearly 1,500 recipients, more than 350 supporting Give a Smile orthodontists across Australia and an estimated saving to the public dental system of $10 million, ASO’s Give a Smile™ charitable arm recently celebrated, at Melbourne's Luna Park, 10 years since they began their commitment to providing pro bono specialist orthodontic care to as many under-privileged Australian children as possible.
Give a Smile™ patron, renowned Australian comedian and actor Shane Bourne, has been a great supporter of the program since its inception. “It has been a privilege to see the transformation and empowerment of these children’s lives. A truly great cause!”
Emma White-Reese was the first ever Give a Smile™ recipient and her treatment has had a profound effect on her self-confidence and self-esteem. "As soon as I had my braces off, I felt like I was ready to take on anything. There's a lot that I wouldn't have been confident enough to do without my improved smile. If it wasn’t for Give a Smile™ my teeth would not have been straightened and I would have lost my chance to live and enjoy life like other teenagers."
Patients accepted into the Give a Smile™ program are provided a full program of pro bono orthodontic care. Each treatment equates to a saving to the public system of between $6,000 and $8,000 and can take two years to complete.