Statement of Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians on whose ancestral lands we provide dental services.

We acknowledge the deep feeling of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Country.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending our services.

We are committed to improving the oral health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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Clinic closure

Our Birkenhead (Le Fevre) clinic is currently closed. Please phone (08) 8243 5629 during this period.

Orthodontics

Child smiling with braces

Orthodontic treatment

Children may need orthodontic treatment (braces) for a number of reasons, including correcting crooked, overlapping, or crowded teeth or the way jaws align and teeth bite together.

Your child's dentist may be the first to notice problems during a dental check-up and recommend that you see an orthodontist (a dentist who specialises in correcting jaw and/or teeth alignment problems).

There is no set age for a child's first orthodontist visit — some kids go when they're 6, some go when they're 10, and some go while they're teens. Even adults may need orthodontic treatment.

Some benefits of wearing braces might include:

  • Improved appearance.
  • Easier tooth and gum cleaning.
  • Prevention of tooth wear.
  • Help with speech problems.
  • Improved long term oral health.

SA Dental staff can provide information about orthodontic treatment, including eligibility criteria for private or public treatment and costs involved.