Braces vs Invisalign® Clear Aligners: Which Is Right for Me?

If you’re not happy with the alignment of your teeth, there could be more options than traditional braces. Invisalign aligners have become a popular alternative for many adults and older teenagers who want to straighten their smile or close gaps between teeth. Ask your dentist for more information about the Invisalign system and to find

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Braces vs Invisalign® Clear Aligners: Which Is Right for Me?

If you’re not happy with the alignment of your teeth, there could be more options than traditional braces. Invisalign aligners have become a popular alternative for many adults and older teenagers who want to straighten their smile or close gaps between teeth. Ask your dentist for more information about the Invisalign system and to find

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Can I Go to the Dentist When I’m Pregnant?

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect many parts of your body, including your teeth and gums. Looking after your oral health is always important, but it’s even more vital during pregnancy, which increases risk factors for dental disease and associated health problems. You should keep up with your regular dental check-ups through your pregnancy. Your

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What Causes a Toothache?

Do you have pain in your tooth? Toothaches can happen suddenly or develop over time, and they may be an intermittent or constant pain. Finding out why your tooth hurts can be the key to making the pain go away. Some of the most common reasons for toothache are: Tooth decay If you don’t take

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Is Getting a Root Canal Painful?

If your dentist says you need a root canal, don’t panic! Root canal therapy isn’t usually any more painful than having a filling or other routine dental treatment, as local anaesthetic will be used to numb your mouth. In fact, root canal treatment makes pain and sensitivity go away. The sooner you can get treatment,

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Porcelain Veneers vs. Composite: What’s the Difference?

If you want to cover up stained or discoloured teeth, to straighten teeth that are slightly crooked or to make other cosmetic changes to your smile, your dentist may suggest veneers. These are thin layers of material that dentists can bond to the front of teeth to change their external appearance. Dental veneers may be

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Can Yellow Teeth Become White?

Teeth don’t have to be gleaming white to be healthy, but yellow teeth can sometimes be a sign of poor oral hygiene or other dental issues such as tooth erosion. Fortunately, they don’t always have to stay that way. If you want to restore lost whiteness to your smile, the best person to talk to

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Can Anyone Get Dental Implants? A Comprehensive Guide

Introduction Dental implants have a high success rate and can be an effective long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. They offer several benefits, including improved appearance, speech, and comfort. However, dental implants may not be the best choice for everyone. Factors such as age, bone density, gum health, and certain medical conditions can affect a

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What Happens If You Don’t Get Cavities Filled?

Most of us deal with cavities at some point in our lives, especially in childhood when more vulnerable teeth and a taste for sugar make a winning combination for tooth decay. If you think you have a cavity, you should see a dentist sooner rather than later. Not only can an untreated cavity be painful

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5 Root Canal Myths Debunked

If any of your teeth feel painful or sensitive, you may need a root canal treatment. This is a very common dental procedure that has a high success rate, but it’s also one that many people feel anxious about due to misinformation. Learning the truth behind these five common root canal myths could help to

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How Can I Keep My Mouth Healthy?

Oral health is important for overall health, wellbeing and quality of life, but problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are still common across all age groups. The good news is that many oral diseases are preventable when you take good care of your teeth and gums. Here are five ways to improve or

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How Pregnancy Can Affect Your Teeth and Gums

There are many old wives’ tales about pregnancy, including the myth that you should expect to lose a tooth for every child. While this isn’t the case, it is true that hormone changes during this time can increase the risk of dental problems and associated health risks for some women. You can lower your risk

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Can Sensitive Teeth Be Cured?

Teeth contain nerves in the centre, so they’re supposed to be sensitive to pressure and temperature to some degree. But if this sensitivity is causing you discomfort, there could be something wrong. If you wince every time you have a cold drink or brush your teeth, make an appointment with your dentist. They can examine

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What Is Gum Disease and How Can It Be Treated?

If your gums feel sore or itchy, bleed when you brush your teeth or you often have bad breath, there’s a chance you have gum disease. Along with tooth decay, gum disease (periodontal disease) is one of the most common oral health problems in Australia. If it’s not treated in time, it can lead to

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Is Alcohol Bad for Your Teeth?

We’re here to help you understand the impact of alcohol on your oral health, and if it’s bad for your teeth. While enjoying a drink can be part of a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks to your teeth and gums. In this article, we’ll delve into how alcohol can

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Don’t Let a Toothache Spoil Your Christmas

The holidays are often a time of over-indulgence for people of all ages, and it’s not just your waistline that can suffer. Unhealthy food and drink loaded with sugar and acids contribute to tooth decay, cavities and gum disease, which could mean you see in the New Year with a toothache or worse. You don’t

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What to Do If Your Tooth Gets Knocked Out

Losing a tooth can be scary, but trying to stay calm and knowing how to act could make all the difference to saving the tooth. While a knocked-out tooth can’t always be reattached, if it’s still intact, and you can see a dentist within 30 to 60 minutes, there’s a chance it could be restored.

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Rebecca Silveira

Practice Manager

Rebecca has over 25 year’s experience in the dental industry. 

Rebecca started her career as a dental assistant/front office coordinator. Through the years, she progressed into treatment coordinating and then practice management. 

She has an eye for detail and is a perfectionist. Her management & people skills allow her to provide support to the Dentistry By Design team day in, day out. 

Rebecca is passionate about dentistry and loves being privileged enough to be part of an amazing team that changes people’s lives!

Catherine George

Oral Health Therapist

Catherine completed a Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) at Charles Sturt University in Wagga.

She is passionate about making her patients feel more comfortable in a dental setting.

Catherine is enthusiastic about Oral Health promotion and strongly believes in preventative dentistry.

She is dedicated to educating her patients on the best oral health care.

She loves seeing a smile on other people’s faces and would love to see you with a happy and healthy smile.

When she is not at work she enjoys the outdoors, playing soccer and beach volley.

Kate Beaumont

Oral Health Therapist

Kate completed her Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) at the University Of Sydney in 2014.  As an Oral Health Therapist, dual-qualified to practice as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist, she has a strong interest in preventative dental care and believes that oral health is an integral part of overall health.

Kate enjoys working with children and adults alike, educating, motivating and assisting in maintaining teeth for life. Her interest in continuing professional education helps her remain consistent with modern dental practices and progressive treatment plans.

Kate enjoys working in a thriving team and works effectively along-side other highly qualified professionals. She has an interest in the growing industry of cosmetic procedures and excels in performing these treatments. Her approachable and reassuring nature creates a positive dental experience for all patients.

In her spare time, Kate enjoys spending time with her family and friends, discovering new restaurants and travelling. She appreciates the simple pleasures of a coffee and a walk but also loves an extravagant day at the races with all her friends.

Nadia Azzi

Oral Health Therapist

Nadia completed her Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) at the University Of Sydney in 2012. With a passion for preventative dentistry and treating children Nadia has a keen focus on providing pain free, thorough treatment for all patients. 

An experienced Oral Health Therapist who values patient care and is committed to ensuring patients receive the best care possible, Nadia is committed to staying up to date with the latest dental practices and treatments available. 

As part of the dental team, Nadia believes that the Oral Health Therapist’s role is of utmost importance in maintaining the oral health of patients of all ages. She has a passion for counselling patients with previous dental trauma and helping them through regular dental treatment as well as setting good foundations in oral health for younger patients and providing them with happy, fun dental experiences. 

Nadia has also served as director and dental mission coordinator for Maronites on Mission, a non-profit which helps the homeless in Australia and runs annual dental and medical mission trips to the Philippines and Lebanon. She enjoys charitable work immensely and is always looking for new ways to use her skills to help those in need. 

Outside of dentistry, Nadia enjoys spending time with and caring for her family, cooking and travelling.

Dr Rebecca Ellis

Specialist Periodontist
BDS(Distn), DCD(Perio)

Rebecca undertook her dental training at Otago University in New Zealand graduating top of her class with her BDS(Distinction) in 2011. 

Dr Teck Tang

Specialist Periodontist
BDSc Hons (WA) DClinDent (Perio) (Adel) FRACDS (perio) 

Dr Teck Tang graduated with his Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours at the University of Western Australia. He then completed his specialist training in Periodontics.

Dr Iain Gavan

BChD (Leeds, UK), MFDS, PGDipDigitalOrtho(UK) 

Dr Iain Gavan has been practicing dentistry for over 10 years and provides the most up to date modern dental care in a calm and empathic manner. He enjoys building long term relationships with his patients.

Iain is dedicated to continuing professional development in a rapidly changing field. In 2020 he completed a diploma in digital orthodontics, increasing his expertise straightening teeth with clear aligners (such as Invisalign).  He also spent time at the world-renowned Kois Institute in Seattle (USA) in 2018, which teaches the most up to date and highly regarded evidence based dentistry. He completed the Master Implant Program in 2022 at the renowned Brener Institiute in Sydney, which is a leading training centre in implant placement and tooth replacement.

Originally from Lancashire in North West England, Iain qualified from Leeds University in the UK. He has spent time working in a Maxillofacial department in Manchester (UK), gaining experience in oral surgery, facial injury reconstruction, head and neck cancer and dental emergencies.

Iain moved to Australia in 2014 and became an Australian Citizen in 2018. He has worked at distinguished private practices in Forster (NSW), Melbourne and Ballarat. Iain has worked at a state of the art clinic, that specialises in using advanced technology to digitally design smiles and replace teeth using the Allon4 implant system, gaining valuable experience in complex full mouth rehabilitations and the development of new smiles.

He is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The Faculty of Dental Surgery (UK) and was a member of Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow. He also carried out dental charity work in Southern India, providing dental care to remote communities.

In 2021 he welcomed his first daughter and is enjoying parenthood. In his spare time Iain enjoys spending time with his photography, travelling, walking his dog Murphy and exploring Sydney.


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Dr Jemima Kalos

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Honours I), Bachelor of Dentistry (Honours I), Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Oral Implants) 

Dr Jemima Kalos is committed to excellence in Dentistry and the provision of outstanding dental care to her patients. Dr Kalos graduated with a Bachelor of Dentistry with First Class Honours after completing a Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Honours I) at the University of Sydney.

Dr. Kalos has also completed extensive continuing education in Dentistry in Australia and the USA including obtaining the highest mark and a distinction in the selective Post graduate Diploma in Oral Implants through the University of Sydney. She has also successfully completed her Primary examinations for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Dr Kalos has been presented with numerous awards for clinical and academic excellence in Dentistry including the prestigious Rudolf Gunz University Medal, The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Prize, The Martin Halas Prize and The John Stephen Hill Memorial Prize. Her special interests include restorative and cosmetic dentistry, prosthodontics and implants and provision of dental treatment to anxious patients.

She is past Treasurer of the Australian Prosthodontic Society (NSW) and also a member of the respected American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Outside of dentistry, Jemima has enjoys cooking, staying fit and spending time with her husband and three small children.

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