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11,000+ registrants make AAO history with first-ever virtual Annual Session, record-breaking numbers

The American Association of Orthodontists brought the orthodontic community together for its premier online event – AAO 2020: A Virtual Experience – May 2-3.

The record-breaking event had the highest number of doctors registered in AAO history. With a total of 11,222 registrants and 93 countries represented, the event lived up to the title of the largest annual celebration of orthodontics in the world.

“AAO members made this a resounding success by embracing this event, lending their talents as speakers and moderators and participating in record numbers,” said Dr. Gary Inman, AAO president.

Attendees heard keynotes from Dr. Neal Kravitz, Dr. Kyle Fagala and Dr. Anil Idiculla, as well as 12 clinical, 15 practice management and 15 exhibitor lectures from world-renowned orthodontists and industry leaders.

Lecture highlights included 5 Important Considerations to Achieve Predictable Outcomes with Clear Aligner Therapy by Dr. Mazyar Moshiri; Is Virtual Our New Reality? Virtual Orthodontic Visits Before, During and After a Global Pandemic by Dr. Daniel Bills; and The Clinical Side of Two-Phase Treatments by Dr. Silvia Allegrini.

“Our goal was to bring the orthodontic community together with keynotes, happy hours and an awards ceremony, all while providing our members with an opportunity to get CE and connect with suppliers at no cost during this challenging time,” Dr. Inman said. “What ended up happening was far more than we could have ever expected. We overwhelmingly saw the orthodontic community unite over an incredible weekend of learning.”

Attendees qualified for access to 12 CE credits – all from the comfort of their own homes – and those who stuck around for AAOF sponsored programming accessed an additional 3 lectures and CE credits.

The event was free to AAO members and open to non-members for purchase. Attendees viewed the event alongside family and pets. Relive the event via Instagram.

The AAO is set to meet in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 23-27 for AAO 2021. More details and registration will be available in the fall.

The American Association of Orthodontists represents 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Founded in 1900, AAO is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. AAO is dedicated to, among other goals: (a) ethically advancing the art and science of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics worldwide; (b) improving the health of the public by promoting quality orthodontic care, the importance of overall oral healthcare, and advocating for the public interest; and (c) educating the public about the benefits of orthodontic treatment and the educational qualifications of orthodontic specialists. For more information, visit

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