A warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere is the first step in a consultation process designed to ensure we achieve the best possible outcome. 


Our friendly reception staff will ask you to fill in a form with your contact details and a medical and dental history questionere. Your concerns and objectives will be discussed and consideration will be given to possible treatment solutions.  Usually further information will need to be obtained such as photographs, models of the teeth and bite and any necessary x-rays with further consultation and a thorough discussion of options during a treatment plan appointment including a quote and options.  This will ensure that you will achieve the best result to give you the outcome you would like.



Treatments for Growing Children

Early treatments at a critical time during growth and development can be a very effective preventive way of reducing the complexity and cost of any likely future treatments when the child is older or more dentally mature.  Such treatments are often simple and are very cost effective.  The treatments are not unpleasant for the young patient and are often of relatively quick duration.

Advantages of early intervention include reducing trauma risk to proclined teeth, correcting crossbites, “under” bites or “reverse” bites, that can be difficult to treat later, and avoiding impaction of erupting teeth.
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Common advantages of early intervention include reducing trauma risk to proclined teeth, correcting crossbites, under bites or reverse bites, that can be difficult to treat later, and avoiding impaction of erupting teeth. Habit correction (for example thumb sucking), reduction of mouth breathing, space maintenance (following early loss of deciduous teeth), and growth modification, such as advancing recessive lower jaws, can all be corrected through effective treatment.

Be assured that we will always advise early treatments suited to your childs needs using the most efficient and safe methods. Early treatments usually involve simple fixed appliances or various types of removable appliance/plates. Following early treatments we encourage periodic recall appointments as children grow to dental maturity to monitor the results of early treatments.



Orthodontic Care for Adolescents

At this critical time of development and at dental maturity straight teeth can be important for confidence and self esteem and a good bite/occlusion can be very important for chewing and to avoid future possible functional problems such as tooth wear, decay, and gum disease/bone loss.

Straight teeth can be important for confidence and self esteem.
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Many people are ready for full corrective treatments at 12-13 years of age (and sometimes younger) when all permanent teeth have erupted especially in cases of crowding (other than wisdom teeth).  Treatments usually involve various types of braces, or clear aligners.  Sometimes if there is a possibility of adverse jaw growth treatment may need to be delayed until mid to late teens.  Corrective treatment aims to align the teeth and bite and provide the best possible stability of the result with a good lip/tooth profile.

Comprehensive Options for Adults

Adults can benefit from treatment at any age, with the same treatment advantages as adolescents.  Often adults seek treatment after being dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth for many years, or they have a dental condition that has deteriorated and would benefit from orthodontic treatment, such as missing teeth or correcting a functionally poor bite.  There can be considerable cosmetic and/or functional benefits to treatment.

We offer a comprehensive and full range of treatment options including traditional metal braces, clear/ceramic braces, clear removable tooth aligners such as InvisalignR and braces that are invisible (fitted on the inside surfaces of the teeth).

We encourage regular visits to the general dentist who is the most important dental professional in maintaining your overall dental health.  We maintain good communication with your dentist via reports before, after and as required during orthodontic treatments.  Sometimes treatments can be “multidisciplinary” and can involve the orthodontist, dentist and other dental specialists, for example for prosthetic replacement of missing teeth after correction of the bite and space regaining, or bringing impacted/buried teeth into correct alignment.


Our friendly and experienced team includes receptionists, dental assistants, a hygienist and two orthodontists.

Our senior orthodontist Dr Steven Farrer has been serving the Adelaide Hills for over 25 years. Married with four children, Steven is also a Hills resident . His general dental and specialist orthodontic training was at the University of Adelaide. He is a member of the Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He is a past president of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (SA Branch). He has presented at clinical and scientific meetings in Australia and internationally and keeps up to date with current technology and scientific advances in orthodontics.

For over 10 years Steven has been a clinical tutor in the postgraduate orthodontic training program in the University of Adelaide.


 Dr Steven Farrer


All our staff are very experienced and most have been with us for many years.
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