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About AAO

The mission of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is to help prospective patients understand the importance and life-changing benefits of orthodontics for all patients: children, teens, and adults.

Connecting Patients to Orthodontists Since 1900

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) was created in 1900. Only dentists who successfully complete an accredited orthodontic residency program after dental school are accepted for AAO membership. We represent 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

AAO members are gifted and highly educated specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws. Whether you are considering clear aligners or traditional braces, orthodontists have the training, the experience and the treatment options to make sure you get your best smile.

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Explore the site to find information on treatment options, how to find an AAO orthodontist in your area, information on what to expect during treatment and much more. 

Still have questions? Read our FAQs or e-mail us at info@aaortho.org.

Why an AAO Orthodontist?

AAO members are gifted and highly educated specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws.
4
accumulated years of dental school
3700
hours of specialized orthodontic training
100%
focused on aligning teeth and jaws

Our Initiatives

Bullying Bites

Each year, we partner with Stand For The Silent, the leading and most effective anti-bullying organization that aims to bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes.

Support FHA Increase

FSAs help Americans pay for a variety of out-of-pocket health care costs such as co-pays, deductibles, prescription drugs, vision care, hearing aids, and dental services, including orthodontic treatment.

AAOF Donated Treatments

Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) is a program of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF) that provides treatment from some of the best orthodontists in the U.S. for children of families with financial need.

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  • What Can I Eat with Braces

    What Can I Eat with Braces? Give up gummy bears? Put away the popcorn? No more nuts? If you’re thinking about getting braces or have already decided to improve your smile, you likely have concerns about what foods you can and can’t eat. Good news: there are tons of foods that are “braces-friendly” that you … Continued