About the AAO

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 membership in the American Association of Orthodontists. 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.

We seek to help prospective patients understand the importance and life-changing benefits of orthodontics for all patients: children, teens, and adults. Explore the site. You’ll find information on treatment options, how to find an AAO-member 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.

You can read more about the mission and history of orthodontics and the AAO here.