Cungelella Art x Kind is Cool
When Amber Wilkinson from change-making Aussie-brand-gone-global Kind is Cool
first discovered Mt Isa based Indigenous artists Dale, Juanita, Cheryl and Glenda from Cungelella Art
on Instagram she loved their story, their art and their vibe and knew she wanted to find a way to work together.
With a desire to promote awareness and education to both children and adults, Amber approached the sisters about doing a collaboration and photoshoot – and it became so much more.
“The reason behind wanting to do a collab with Indigenous Artists is that I believe the way to create the change the world needs, is to educate” said Amber. “I hope that this collaboration sparks conversations with children and adults and we educate each other and ourselves”
Cungelella Art was founded in 2019 by Glenda McCulloch as a vehicle for sharing her culture through modern Aboriginal art. It soon expanded as a collaboration to include Glenda’s sisters – Jaunita, Dale and Cheryl. Not only was the opportunity for business expansion presented as the demand for their art increased – the sisters were able to create a venture that allowed them to work closely together and spend quality time together as a family creating a legacy through their artwork.
Traditional knowledge creating modern art
They’ve taken traditional knowledge to create a unique modern take on contemporary Aboriginal art that reflects the rugged ranges and native fauna and flora that surrounds their Kalkadoon home. They take inspiration from the ancient rock faces, red dirt and spinifex covered hills of the country and colours of the sky painted a peachy orange at sunset and beautiful old rustic gum trees that flourish in this harsh country are reflected through their works.
Kind is Cool x Cungelella Art
The range from the collaboration includes tees and sweats for both adults and children, with designs representing the rough and rugged Kalkatungu Country, the heat that has twisted and folded back on itself and the ochres pushed up from the depths with gold and silver and many other minerals that create the most unique mineral belt in the world. The peach covered skies mixed with the blues, pinks and purples, pointing to the well known Kalkadoon sunsets.
$2 from each ally-friendly tshirt from the collaboration sold is donated to Gunawirra, an organisation which strives to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“This is our tribe, we come in all shades, but most importantly what is being portrayed here is that we should embrace the colours of all humanity like children do, who see no colour, just kindness, love and friendship.”
Everything you need to know about braces
WORDS: Dr Daniel De Angelis
I’ve been a Specialist Orthodontist in Adelaide for over 20 years. During that time, I’ve treated over 10,000 patients – that’s a lot of transformed smiles! I love assisting my patients on their orthodontic journey to achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of.
Over the course of my career as a Specialist Orthodontist, I’ve seen a lot of treatments come and go. But one consistent treatment has always been braces. Why? Because they are effective and reliable.
So what should you know when it comes to braces? Who can answer your questions? Read on to learn everything you need to know about braces.
What are braces?
Dental braces are wire-based orthodontic devices that align and straighten teeth. Braces also help correct misaligned jaws and malocclusions. While most people get braces in their teens, adult braces are just as effective, they may just require a little more time to move the teeth.
I offer two kinds of braces – metal and ceramic.
Metal braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments, mostly due to their cost-effectiveness and reliability. They are also extremely effective in straightening smiles and correcting poor bites.
Braces have been used for over 100 years but have evolved to be less invasive. Braces consist of stainless steel brackets and thing wire bands that hold help gently move the teeth.
Just like metal braces, ceramic braces are made from wire. They function in the same way and are very effective in treating misaligned teeth and jaws.
But instead of stainless steel and coloured bands, ceramic braces consist of tooth-coloured porcelain material and clear brackets. This makes ceramic braces almost invisible and a popular choice with adults and teenagers concerned about the appearance of metal braces.
If you’re contemplating braces for your orthodontic treatment, you may have some questions. Read on to learn more.
Do braces hurt?
Everybody experiences braces differently. There may be some discomfort as your mouth adjusts to the new pressure on your teeth. You may also feel your new braces rubbing against your inner cheek. This should all disappear in a few days.
If the tenderness continues, try dissolving one teaspoon of salt in lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for a few minutes – and remember not to swallow!
If this doesn’t help, use painkillers and orthodontic wax to relieve any discomfort until you get used to your new braces. I’m always happy to help patients who are experiencing any aches or pains.
What can I eat?
Following orthodontic appointments or adjustments, your braces may leave you feeling tender. Try eating soft food like soup, bananas or pasta.
Once you feel more comfortable, you can introduce more foods into your diet. With braces, you can eat:
- Dairy products such as soft cheese and milk-based drinks
- Grains like pasta and soft cooked rice
- Meats and poultry
- Seafood, including tuna, salmon and crab cakes
- Cooked vegetables
- The occasional treat such as ice cream (without nuts), milkshakes, jelly and soft cakes.
I recommend limiting hard and crunchy foods like apples, carrots, or crunchy bread. You should completely avoid:
- Chewy foods like licorice or bagels
- Crunchy snacks such as popcorn and chips
- Foods that are sticky – chewing gum or lollies, for example.
- Anything hard like nuts or hard lollies
- Foods that require biting into, such as corn on the cob.
How do I clean my braces?
It’s always important to maintain good oral hygiene, particularly when you have braces. Braces make it easier for pieces of food and plaque to get trapped in the brackets of your braces.
Use a toothbrush with a soft head to reach those tricky areas. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle, and gently brush your entire gum line. Then turn your toothbrush at a downward angle on the top of your brackets, and then at an upward angle to clean the bottom of your brackets.
Whenever possible, brush your teeth after every meal. Keep a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste in your handbag or pocket.
If brushing isn’t an option, then rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash will help remove plaque and food build up until you can brush your teeth.
Flossing is an essential part of your oral care routine. While it can be a challenge with braces, it certainly isn’t impossible.
If flossing tape is too tricky, use floss threaders or interdental brushes. These will manoeuvre around your brackets more easily. You can find both these products at your local supermarket or pharmacy. You could also consider a water flosser.
What happens if something goes wrong with my braces?
It’s not usual to sometimes break a wire or bracket during your braces treatment. But don’t worry – there’s no need to panic! Simply call our friendly staff on 133 862 for help over the phone or make an appointment to see me as soon as you can.
Damaged braces can cause discomfort, cuts and abrasions inside the mouth. If left unfixed, it can make your treatment less effective.
Remember that breakages to braces take longer to address than a regular check-up appointment. If you have a broken wire, call us on 133 862.
While you wait for your appointment, you can cover any broken wires with wax so it won’t cause any more discomfort. You can also tuck it under the archwire with a blunt object – like a pencil eraser or the end of a match stick.
We’ve got more info under our FAQs HERE to help with any other braces issues you may experience.
Will my health insurance cover braces?
Many health insurers will contribute to orthodontic treatment, including braces, as part of their ‘extras’ cover. Extras cover, or general treatment, is a component of health insurance that covers services that usually Medicare does not.
It’s important to understand that even though some dentists offer orthodontic treatment, it may not be covered within the Major Dental component of your health insurance because the treatment has not been prescribed by a Specialist Orthodontist. Some health funds may pay a lower benefit or not pay a benefit at all if you see a dentist for orthodontic treatment.
How much will my insurance cover?
How much your health insurance fund will cover for the orthodontic treatment comes down to your level of cover, and your health fund. It’s best to check with your health fund to see exactly how much you can claim. If you have extras cover under your health insurance cover you should expect to be able to claim a portion of the cost of your treatment.
I encourage you to ask as many questions from your health fund prior to your first consultation because, with the right knowledge, you can start your orthodontic journey on the same day!
Alternatively, whilst my staff cannot directly liaise with your private health insurer on your behalf, my team will provide you with all the information you require at your initial consultation to discuss any rebate you may be entitled to. We encourage all our clients to discuss this with us prior to treatment commencing.
Which insurance fund will cover braces?
The Major Dental component of your private ‘extras’ cover usually covers a proportion of your orthodontic treatment including braces and in most cases aligner treatment although, it’s a good idea to confirm with your fund if this is the case.
Many ‘basic’ extras covers don’t include Major Dental and generally you need to look at a mid to comprehensive level of extras cover.
We put together a really comprehensive blog about health cover for orthodontic treatment, it’s definitely worth a read if you’re keen on braces or clear aligner treatment, check it out here.
Please note that the information in this blog is factual information only and is not intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about the types of cover available and whether they are suitable for you.
Before and Afters
We are proud of all of our patients and the results they achieve after their braces treatment. Our patients range from children to adults – but no matter how old or young they are, they’re always ecstatic with their transformed smiles.
Here are some examples of the many smiles we have transformed over the years.
Free Orthodontic Consultations
We offer FREE, no-obligation, orthodontic consultations worth $164, including X-rays, scans and photos, which help me put together your free personalised treatment plan.
Making a booking is easy!
- Book online HERE anytime
- Call us on 133 TOC, or
- Contact us here to arrange an appointment
Your Specialist Orthodontist in Adelaide
If you have any questions or would like to talk to us, please feel free to contact us here.
Locations in St Peters, West Lakes and Modbury.
133 TOC (133 862)
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KIDDO CHATS EPISODE 17: Teaching kids about consent
In this episode we’re tackling the important issue of teaching our kids about consent.
How do we ensure our younger children know about and understand consent? It’s not always easy having these conversations with our kids, but it’s absolutely necessary. Parents are asking at what age should this conversation happen, how should it be introduced? How should we actually be talking about it? The good news is you can start teaching kids about consent from a very young age, without confronting discussions about rape or sexual violation.
Talking us through this topic is award winning author, educator and advocate, Jayneen Sanders. Jayneen has actively advocated for body safety, gender equality and respectful relationship education being taught both in homes and in schools for over twelve years and has written and published several books on consent for children and parents including; ‘No Means No’, ‘My Body! What I Say Goes!’, ‘Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept’, ‘ABC of Body Safety & Consent’, ‘Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent & Respect’, and ‘Body Safety Education, A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Kids from Sexual Abuse’. Most of these books are suitable for children aged 3-9 years and give parents, carers, and educators the tools and framework to have conversations in age-appropriate ways with the children in their lives to educate and empower them.
In this episode we cover topics including:
- How and when to introduce the concept consent to young kids without relating it to sex
- Practical ways to model consent to children
- Why kids should never be asked to keep secrets
- The importance of teaching anatomically correct terminology for body parts
- Broaching sex ed with kids
CONTENT WARNING: In this episode, themes and references to sexual abuse and rape are covered. If this raises any issues or concerns for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or White Ribbon Australia on 1800 Respect.
Guest: Jayneen Sanders
RECIPE: Ricotta Gnocchi
The easiest homemade gnocchi – using ricotta instead of mashed potatoes – can be made from scratch in just 30 minutes! Yes, you read that right, that’s one episode of Playschool! This ricotta gnocchi recipe from the Adelaide Central Market is light and fluffy, like mini pillows of ricotta goodness.
RICOTTA GNOCCHI WITH NAPOLETANA SAUCE
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
500g fresh ricotta
1 cup grated parmesan
2 extra-large egg yolks
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons basil leaves, finely chopped
1 cup plain flour
Salt flakes & freshly ground black pepper
500g Napolitana pasta sauce
Baby basil leaves
Line a sieve with kitchen paper and drain ricotta, pressing down gently with extra kitchen paper, to help absorb any additional moisture.
In a large mixing bowl combine ricotta, ¾ cup parmesan, yolks, zest, basil, salt and pepper, stirring until well combined. Add flour and gently knead mixture to a smooth dough, on a clean lightly floured surface.
Evenly divide dough into four pieces and roll each into 2cm wide sausages, dusting with extra flour. Lay sausages side by side and using a knife cut gnocchi into 2cm pieces. To shape gnocchi, use a gnocchi board or fork to create grooves on one side and an indent on the other, to help the sauce coat the gnocchi.
Heat napolitana pasta sauce in a large saucepan, over a medium heat.
To cook gnocchi, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a gentle boil. Carefully place gnocchi in water and cook for 2-3 minutes or until gnocchi floats to the top. Using a slotted spoon remove gnocchi from pan and add to sauce, tossing gently to coat.
To serve, sprinkle over basil leaves and remaining parmesan.
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GOLDIE + ACE: The Corduroy Collection
Think cute, think cosy, think CORD. These are the threads you’ll want your kiddos to be wearing this winter!
We ALWAYS love the styles from super cool Melbourne based kids clothes brand Goldie + Ace, and they’ve just released the corduroy collection from their 2021 winter edit – The Weekender.
The Corduroy Collection
Keep kiddos cosy in these super cute Goldie+Ace vintage inspired corduroy pieces in the most gorgeous neutral tones perfect for the winter season.
Choose from vintage cut overalls, hooded jumpers with matching track joggers, cropped smock dresses, patchwork shirts and mini chinos all made from a soft cotton corduroy.
Cute & Cosy Cord
THE WEEKENDER COLLECTION
The Goldie + Ace AW21 Collection, The Weekender, draws on the spirit of childhood trips to small Australian towns back in the ‘80s. For the brand’s designer, Alana Tiller, warm layers in lively colours and fun-loving patterns were always packed in the overnight bag for family adventures, and these pieces are lovingly reflected in this joyful collection.
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