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Our Practice

Richard Pepperell Orthodontics


We opened our new practice in July, 2009, on the first floor of the Medical Centre in the Ashmore City Shopping Centre, 206 Currumburra Rd, Ashmore 4214.
While the practice is new, the practitioner isn't! Dr Richard Pepperell graduated from the University of Queensland in 1980 - along with a few other dentists practising on the Gold Coast. After completing a Master of Dental Science degree in Orthodontics (1987), Dr Pepperell entered specialist practice in January, 1988. This makes him one of the more senior and experienced orthodontists in S. E. Queensland. And, let me tell you, we are here for the long haul.
Our new practice is brand new. It’s stylish, fresh and modern. It’s high tech with a human touch. For those of us who work here, it’s a home away from home. For you it’s a place of quiet contemplation while we craft your new smile.
It’s attention to detail. It’s about respect and commitment. It’s both the journey and the destination.
It’s about your new smile. It’s about you. What are you waiting for?

Appointment scheduling

We plan our day in order to run to time. Your time is valuable – we respect that. We never overbook or double up.
During your time in braces you will need an adjustment appointment every 6 to 8 weeks.
Our use of this time is important so that we can properly care for you in the scheduled appointment time.
Please help by letting us know if you have to be out of the practice by a certain time after your appointment.
If you have a problem with your appliances or braces, please let us know beforehand so we can deal with it efficiently and conveniently for all concerned.
Appointments vary in length depending on what’s being done. Bonding your braces takes 45 to 60 minutes. The average braces adjustment is booked for 15 minutes.
Short appointments are scheduled before and after school and longer appointments in the middle of the day (10 am to 3 pm) so as to be fair to everyone. We will do our best to ensure that you don’t miss too much school time!

Infection control

We care about your health and safety. That’s why we believe in absolute infection control. It’s called sterilisation. It means no short cuts.
Australia has exacting protocols in place to prevent cross infection of patients and healthcare workers. Our practice complies with all relevant infection-control standards. We have a state of the art sterilising facility for our orthodontic pliers and dental instruments.
Please inform us if you have a condition that you think may be infectious, or if you have a condition that makes you more susceptible to infection.


Fees are related to the complexity and length of treatment. We offer convenient, interest-free payment plans for each and every patient. You will be given all information regarding costs and payment plans before you elect to commence treatment. There are no hidden fees in our contracts.
Payment plans usually consist of an initial deposit and easy, affordable monthly payments. We accept a number of payment options including credit cards and eftpos.
We have no direct or formal arrangement with your health fund. However, we will provide you with invoices/receipts that you can use to make claims from your fund, using standard ADA item numbers. More >