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The Rise of Fashion Braces: Why You Should Avoid This New Trend

We’ve all heard of braces, the traditional metal brackets that create a healthy bite and great smile, but did you know that some people are getting braces just for fun? As shocking as it sounds, “fashion braces” are on the rise, with young people across the nation gluing faux braces to their teeth.  While this … Continued

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More Than Aesthetics: The Comprehensive Benefits of Straight Teeth

The AAO Consumer Awareness Campaign (CAP) “Straight Talk” series concludes with a video featuring a patient on the day of the removal of their braces, titled “The Best Day Ever.” The video features Dr. Jacquee Schiek, an AAO orthodontist, who reminds the patient, Tim, that the process of moving his teeth was a complex biological … Continued

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The Milestone Visit: Why Age 7 is The Best Age For Orthodontic Treatment

Educating parents about the importance of early orthodontic intervention and taking children to see an orthodontist by age seven is part of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) new Consumer Awareness Program campaign. “When Should Your Child See an Orthodontist?” is the second video in the Straight Talk series. In the latest video, Dr. Larry Wang, an AAO … Continued

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Annual Session Attendees Chose New Products Showcase Award Winners 

For Immediate Release    ST. LOUIS, May 2, 2023 – The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural AAO New Products Showcase Awards. Of 17 entries, DM Insights from Dental Monitoring was named Best in Show, Spark Aligner’s Integrated Hooks from ORMCO placed second, and the Slate Electric Flosser from … Continued


What Can I Eat with Braces? A Comprehensive Guide

Braces, for many, symbolize a transformative journey toward a perfect smile. Yet, alongside the excitement of this new path, it is normal to wonder how they will affect your ability to eat the foods you like. “Will I have to bid farewell to my favorite candy bar? Will popcorn at the movies now be a … Continued


Holiday Hurdles: Navigating Broken Braces Bracket Issues

Warning! All parents, you are now officially entering the “School Break Zone.” This time of year, of course, brings family gatherings, parties, and treats! It’s hard to turn away from the ooey-gooey treats which is why your American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) member wants you to be prepared if an orthodontic emergency happens in your … Continued


Celebrate Halloween with the Right Kind of Candy

It’s OCTOBER! For most or all of us, this month begins with the weather changing, drinking pumpkin spice latte’s, and of course, Halloween! But for your orthodontist, it’s also a month to recognize their patient’s beautiful, healthy smile in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month. This is a perfect time to review a few helpful … Continued


How Braces Work: A Comprehensive Guide

Successful orthodontic treatment depends on three things – pressure, time and cooperation. Braces put pressure on teeth to gradually move them into the correct position over time.