Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization.  It represents more than 17,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.  
 
The AAO is dedicated to:
 
  • Ethically advancing the art and science of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics worldwide.
  • Improving the health of the public by promoting quality orthodontic care, the importance of overall oral healthcare, and advocating for the public interest.
  • Educating the public about the benefits of orthodontic treatment and the educational qualifications of orthodontic specialists.
  • Supporting AAO members in the practice of orthodontics.
     
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