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Since early 2018, the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners has been considering whether to revise its current rules related to recognizing dental specialties. The current version of New Hampshire’s rules relies on the definition of recognized specialties as defined by the American Dental...
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What's the AAO doing to educate the public? The AAO's Consumer Awareness Program is the ONLY mass awareness campaign working to raise awareness among consumers about the benefits of orthodontic treatment provided by orthodontists, and promote orthodontists as specialists.
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AAO leaders were saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. John M. Faust Sr. at age 97 on January 9. Dr. Faust of Hattiesburg, Mississippi served as president of the AAO for 1979-80, presiding over the 1980 Annual Session in New Orleans. He was also a trustee of the American Dental Association,...
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The AAO has and continues to work diligently to advocate on Canadian members’ and orthodontic patients’ behalves. Through the AAO Component Legal Support Fund, money was devoted to hire the Toronto law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. The firm worked with the AAO’s Sean Murphy to reach out to...
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The North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners recently adopted amendments to the state’s dental specialty advertising policy that align with recommendations made by the AAO as part of an effort made possible by the Component Legal Support Fund.
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The AAO has been notified that at least one pirate website for hotel reservations has been set up that mimics the 2019 AAO Annual Session site of housing partner OnPeak. The AAO’s ONLY contracted and approved housing company for the 2019 Annual Session is onPeak.  As the AAO becomes aware of any...
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The AAO Foundation is working to help orthodontic residents experience the 2019 Annual Session. Each AAO student member (resident) is eligible for a one-time Annual Session attendance gift of $400, which will be issued after the 2019 Annual Session to assist in offsetting the cost to attend.
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2019 Annual Session speaker Joy Gendusa plans to present an interactive lecture, “YOUR Marketing Report Card: Real AAO Member Campaigns Evaluated Live.”  Members are invited to submit marketing campaign materials developed for your practice for critique during the lecture.
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Whether you are interested in particular issues coming up before the 2019 House of Delegates (HOD) or are simply curious about AAO leadership and governance, AAO leaders will welcome your attendance at open sessions of the 2019 House of Delegates.
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Every two years, the AAO collects information from practicing members in the United States and Canada regarding changes in their practices and patient numbers from the prior year through the Economics of Orthodontics and Patient Census survey. The 2018 survey was emailed to members on January 23....
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The AAO Practice Based Research Network Committee (AAO-PBRN) was formed in 2013 to encourage orthodontic research in network settings, especially in the National Dental Practice Based Research Network (National Dental PBRN). The first project to be approved was a study of adult anterior open bite...
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by Dr. Trista Felty  
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Gaidge Report Addresses No Shows, Patients Past Their Estimated Completion Dates A collaboration between Gaidge and the AAO makes selected data from more than 1,250 Gaidge customer practices available for AAO members to use in analyzing practice data and Gaidge benchmarks. The most recent data from...
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Earlier this year, the AAO and eight other dental organizations joined together to contact U.S. Senate leaders in support of the Action for Dental Health Act of 2018 (S. 3016), which would expand access to dental care in underserved, rural and Native American communities. The House of...
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In an effort to ensure that well-qualified speakers are not overlooked when Annual Session lecturers are selected, the AAO has launched a new webform for those wishing to be considered as speakers.  
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Dr. Gary Inman of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, president-elect of the AAO, gave the orthodontic specialty a voice in a major national discussion of oral health in a public health context. Dr. Inman was among about 150 dentists, dental specialists, physicians and public health experts participating in...
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Give your team the opportunity to take advantage of the world-class learning experiences at the 2019 Annual Session, May 3-7 in Los Angeles.
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2018 was an eventful, exciting year for the AAO.  In addition to a new CEO and new strategic plan, there was plenty of positive change seen as a result of the AAO's ongoing advocacy efforts.   2018 also saw the continued success of the AAO's consumer awareness program.  Below is a list of 18 wins...
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The AAO Insurance Company has produced the 2018 Annual Session Doctors Risk Management Program DVD and flash drive. Both items are available for purchase via the AAO Online Store. The DVD price is $50.00 and the flash drive cost is $55.00.  
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On May 21, 2018, SmileDirectClub (“SDC”) filed a lawsuit against the Georgia Board of Dentistry (the “Board”) in federal court for the Northern District of Georgia.  See SmileDirectClub v. Georgia Board of Dentistry et al., Case No.
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On October 12, 2018, SmileDirectClub (“SDC”) and Dr. D. Blaine Leeds filed a lawsuit against the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama (the “Board”) in federal court for the Northern District of Alabama.  See D. Blaine Leeds and SmileDirectClub v. Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama et al., Case No...
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The newly launched AAO Career Center is an online portal for orthodontists seeking practice opportunities and employers wishing to recruit AAO orthodontists, as well as those seeking to sell their practices. Formerly known as Practice Opportunities and Careers, the new portal offers several new and...
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Printed versions of “Problems to Watch for in Adults,” “Problems to Watch for in 7-Year-Olds” and “Problems to Watch for in Growing Children” are available from the AAO Online Store at the member cost of $13.50 for a pack of 50. The latter two consumer education flyers are also available in Spanish...
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Due to the popularity of the 2019 Winter Conference, rooms at the headquarters hotel, the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, have sold out.  Registration remains open for the meeting, “Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics: Consensus and Guidance,” which will be January 25-27 in Marco Island, Florida...
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The Associated Press (November 7, 2018) reported that five dentists were elected or re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Election Day (November 6). The successful candidates included: ● Dr. Brian Babin, a Republican from Texas’ 36th District; ● Dr. Drew Ferguson, a Republican from...
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The feeling that a beautiful, healthy smile brings is not always easy to describe in words, so a new AAO social media series is presenting it as an experience.
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Dr. John T. Lindquist, orthodontist, inventor, entrepreneur and past AAO president died on October 27 at age 93. An U.S. Navy inductee during World War II, Dr. Lindquist studied at Tufts University and then was sent by the Navy to the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He also completed the IU...
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The 2019 Annual Session, May 3-7 in Los Angeles, will bring AAO members and other meeting attendees to sunny California and the center of the U.S. film and television industry.
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Register now for the 2019 Annual Session and look forward to an intensive learning experience with renowned lecturers addressing traditional topics such as Class II and Class III treatment, biomechanics, anchorage/TADs and esthetics. * Other half-day lecture series will cover newer and diverse...
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Following the recent unexpected passing of Dr. William Proffit, the 2019 Annual Session Planning Committee designated the lecture period during which Dr. Proffit was to speak as the William R. Proffit Memorial Lecture (Sunday, May 5, 10:20-11:20 a.m.).  Dr.
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On September 28 the Iowa Dental Board voted on proposed amendments to Iowa Administrative Code 520-Chapter 28 “Advertising,” and “Designation of Specialty.” The Board voted unanimously to adopt the amendments to the specialty advertising regulations, which was the desired result, especially since...
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AAO leaders were surprised and saddened upon learning about the sudden death of Dr. Raymond George Sr. of Lincoln, Rhode Island on October 15 at age 79.  Dr. George served the specialty in many capacities including his term as president of the AAO (2008-09). Dr. George received his dental degree...
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Dr. Jeff Rickabaugh, Speaker of the AAO House of Delegates, will hold the virtual meeting of the House of Delegates* on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 7 pm – 8 pm Central Time.   The meeting will be informational in nature. It is intended to inform delegates and other AAO leaders about the progress...
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Join your colleagues for an intensive examination of the many complex issues related to obstructive sleep apnea and orthodontic treatment. Make plans to join the AAO January 25-27 in Marco Island, Florida for the 2019 Winter Conference, “Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics: Consensus and Guidance.”
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National Orthodontic Health Month, held each year in October, provides many opportunities for orthodontic practices to share substantive information about orthodontic treatment and create fun activities in their practices and communities. Resources from the AAO are available for you and your team...
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Registration is open for fall 2018-19 webinars. Join the many AAO members who enjoy this efficient approach to learning about topics of interest from noted experts. Reserve the dates/times on your calendar and register now for the following webinars for doctors (click on the webinars that interest...
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AAO leaders and staff were saddened to learn of the sudden death on September 30 of Dr. William R. Proffit, an orthodontic educator and prolific researcher who taught generations of orthodontic residents.  Dr. Proffit was still actively involved in lecturing at the University of North Carolina at...
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*/ Pictured, left to right: Richard Bearden of Impact Management Group; Arkansas State Representative Deborah Ferguson, DDS; Sean Murphy, AAO attorney; and Ashley Frans, also of Impact Management Group.
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The deadline to submit applications for grants for damages sustained by Hurricane Florence (September 2018) and Hurricane Michael (October 2018) has been extended to March 31, 2019 due to the lengthy impact of these storms and resulting electrical outages. (The normal Disaster Relief Fund deadline...
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AAO Members are now eligible to receive a discount on a yearly membership to the Dental Trauma Guide, which covers treatment guidelines for primary and permanent teeth. The website is developed in cooperation with University Hospital of Copenhagen and the International Association of Dental...
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Dr. Arif Alvi has been elected as the 13th president of the country of Pakistan. Dr. Alvi completed the orthodontic residency program at the University of the Pacific in 1984.  Dr. Eugene Roberts, professor emeritus of the Department of Orthodontics at the Indiana University – Purdue University...
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With the dangerous force of Hurricane Florence approaching the Eastern United States and Pacific storms strengthening, the AAO anticipates that members’ practices will be impacted.
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If you are attending the 2018 American Dental Association Annual Session (October 18-22 in Honolulu), you and your guest are invited to join AAO leaders at the 2018 AAO Dessert Reception. AAO members who live nearby, or who are in Honolulu for other reasons are also welcome to attend the reception...
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The AAO is offering Faculty Fellowship Awards for the first time since the 2009-10 academic year. The 2018 House of Delegates adopted a resolution to reinstate the Faculty Fellowship Awards Program by offering three, two-year funded Fellowships of $60,000 per year for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
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Dr. Keith Krell, left, president-elect of the American Association of Endodontists, is pictured with AAO attorney Sean Murphy.  The AAE is also advocating in Iowa and other states regarding specialty advertising concerns.
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The AAO Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) program has received a $5,000 donation from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.
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Let the AAO help with your practice’s training needs. The 2018-19 webinars will include opportunities for your staff to get details on OSHA compliance and recent updates, as well as insights into how they can help effectively market your practice. Details of the first two staff webinars include...
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Nine dental organizations including the AAO joined in contacting U.S. Senate leaders in support of the Action for Dental Health Act of 2018 (S. 3016), which would expand access to dental care in underserved, rural and Native American communities. The House of Representatives previously passed the...
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Plan to join your AAO constituent organization for its annual meeting this fall:  Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists and Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists Annual Session September 13–16, 2018 (during the Toronto International Film Festival/TIFF) Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, ON...
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The AAO and Elsevier Publishing have collaborated to offer members a discounted rate of $75 for a one-year subscription to Seminars in Orthodontics. The regular subscription rate is $214.50 per year.
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Lead sponsor Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) at the AAO's 2017 Professional Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C
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Pictured, left to right: Dr. Layne McCord (RMSO), Dr. Deborah Lien (MSO), Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Dr. Kevin Horner (MSO) and AAO Associate General Counsel Sean Murphy.
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The 2018 AAO Professional Advocacy Conference took place in Washington, D.C. May 8-9, with 150 members - a record number - in attendance. Among the participants were 44 orthodontic residents. The Advocacy Conference program began on May 8 with intensive preparation for a day on Capitol Hill...
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If you are attending the 30th Annual Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP), be sure to meet AAO leaders and staff and participate in a variety of prize drawings and other AAO-sponsored activities. GORP 2018 will be Thursday, August 2 – Sunday, August 5. The meeting, which will host...
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To pay dues online, follow these steps: ● Go to aaoinfo.org/members; ● Mouse over the Member Center tab at far right; ● Click on Pay My Dues/Open Invoices on the pulldown; ● Log-in when prompted to do so; ● To make a payment, click on Select Item and then follow the check-out process to pay; ● To...
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.   RAISE Health Benefits Act lead sponsor Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) at the AAO's 2017 Professional Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C
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The 2017-18 ABO Board announced the testing change in the March 2018 AJO-DO. Pictured, from left, front row: Drs. Valmy Pangrazio-Kulbersh, Chun-His Chung, Larry Tadlock, Nicholas Barone. Back row: Drs. Steven Dugoni, Jae Hyun Park, Timothy Trulove, Patrick Foley, David Sabott.  
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The 2017-18 ABO Board announced the testing change in the March 2018 AJO-DO. Pictured, from left, front row: Drs. Valmy Pangrazio-Kulbersh, Chun-His Chung, Larry Tadlock, Nicholas Barone. Back row: Drs. Steven Dugoni, Jae Hyun Park, Timothy Trulove, Patrick Foley, David Sabott.  
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Join your colleagues for an intensive examination of the many complex issues related to obstructive sleep apnea and orthodontic treatment. Make plans to join the AAO January 25-27 in Marco Island, Florida for the 2019 Winter Conference, “Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics: Consensus and Guidance.”  
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Missouri was the fifth state to receive advocacy assistance via the AAO Component Legal Support Fund (CLSF). In January, the Missouri Society of Orthodontists applied for CLSF funding and in April, the state dental board rescinded the state’s dental advertising rules. *   Dr. Michael LaFerla of...
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The 2017-18 AAO webinar series is now available as part of AAO Online Lectures, with the recent webcasts having joined hundreds of other online programs addressing key orthodontic clinical and practice management topics.Visit Online Lectures to access lectures in the categories you prefer,...
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Dentist and U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) has introduced the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act (REDI) Act in the House of Representatives. The bill, HR 5734, would halt interest accrual while loans are in forbearance or deferment for those who qualify for the internship/residency category...
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A new commission that will oversee decisions about recognition of dental specialties and their certifying boards met for the first time May 9-10 at the American Dental Association headquarters in Chicago.
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A company seeking interview subjects for a program that it says will air on the FOX Business Channel has initiated a new “pay-to-play” media opportunity campaign targeting orthodontists.  
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The AAO Component Legal Support Fund (CLSF) achieved a victory in recent work with the New Hampshire Association of Orthodontists. The New Hampshire component applied for funding from the CLSF after the AAO Legal Department’s Sean Murphy discovered that the state legislature was considering...
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The 2018 AAO House of Delegates met May 4 and May 7 in Washington, D.C., acting on numerous items impacting the association and the specialty.  
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The Space Channel show, “InnerSpace” recently filmed a segment at the “Star Trek”-themed office of Dr. David Hirsch in Aurora, Ontario.  Aurora Borealis Orthodontics is filled with authentic, screen-used props from the original 1960s science fiction television series about the starship USS ...
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During the 2018 Annual Session, please consider joining the AAO Foundation for one or more of the following programs:   ·    Awards Workshop:What’s New and How to Submit a Successful AAOF ApplicationSaturday, May 5, 11:15 am - 1:15 pmLocation: Room 208 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
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During the 2018 Annual Session, please consider joining the AAO Foundation for one or more of the following programs:   ·    Awards Workshop:What’s New and How to Submit a Successful AAOF ApplicationSaturday, May 5, 11:15 am - 1:15 pmLocation: Room 208 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
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Resources for Washington, D.C. Dining Include: ♦ Washington Post Dining Guide:  A brief introduction to the city's top-rated restaurants;
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The House of Delegates (HOD) will meet on May 4, 2018 and May 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. during the AAO Annual Session. Prior to Annual Session, members are encouraged to review and comment on resolutions that delegates will discuss, revise and vote on, impacting the future of the AAO.
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A new option is available to those who are unable to attend the 2018 Annual Session in person:  For the first time, the AAO will livestream two Annual Session Doctors Scientific Program lecture series, Facial Esthetics and Class II Correction. CE credit* will be available for lectures attended via...
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A new option is available to those who are unable to attend the 2018 Annual Session in person:  For the first time, the AAO will livestream two Annual Session Doctors Scientific Program lecture series. CE credit* will be available for lectures attended via the 2018 livestream, which will be...
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Pictured, from left:  Dr. Patrick Taylor, president-elect, American Association of Endodontists; Sean Murphy, AAO associate general counsel; Dr. Keyvan Sohrabi, AAO member.
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Complement ongoing feedback from yourself and your practice manager with a festive celebration to recognize and reward your team. An event or gifts presented in conjunction with Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week can delight your employees and reinforce their knowledge of how much you value their...
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A new Facebook group for members of the AAO Orthodontic Staff Club, comprised of more than 7,000 individuals in AAO orthodontists’ practices, will enable members of the club to view announcements about AAO resources, network with peers and ask questions of other staff. The group is accessible upon...
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The House of Delegates (HOD) will meet on May 4, 2018 and May 7, 2018 at the Washington, D.C. Marriott Marquis, concurrent with the AAO Annual Session. While voting and speaking privileges are limited to delegates, alternates and certain AAO leaders, members may observe the proceedings. Delegates...
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Are your patients who are active in sports protecting themselves from facial injuries? National Facial Protection Month (April) is an ideal time to educate your patients and community about the importance of mouth guard use. National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the AAO, the American...
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by Dr. Iva Manevska  
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During the past year, the AAO Consumer Awareness Program’s digital marketing efforts have vastly expanded public exposure to the AAO’s accurate information about orthodontic treatment and the importance of seeing a specialist.  Recent achievements include: ▪ So far during Fiscal Year 2017-18, AAO...
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  Sponsored by the AAO and the AAO Insurance Company (AAOIC, an RRG) Annual Session risk management seminars are open to all attendees. All seminars are free with no ticket required.
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Dr. Nahid Maleki, AAO president, is eager to see 2018 Annual Session attendees enjoy every aspect of the meeting and the experience of being in the nation's capital. Dr. Maleki has spent most of her adult life studying and working in Washington, D.C. She completed her orthodontic residency at...
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Dr. Robert Moss is pictured with his daughter, Dr. Catharine Brannan
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On January 5, Dr. DeWayne McCamish concluded his leadership and executive duties with the AAO by offering to match (up to his legal limit of $5,000) member donations to the AAO’s Political Action Committee (AAOPAC). Dr. McCamish was the 2016-17 president of the AAO and served as interim executive...
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Join your friends and colleagues for unforgettable 2018 Annual Session events. Tickets for events are available for purchase through the Annual Session registration website.
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Dr. Nahid Maleki, president of the AAO, recently contacted the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, advocating for student loan policy reforms as the committee prepares to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA).
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♦ The February 2018 Practice Management Bulletin offers in-depth perspective on the application of data generated by Gaidge to orthodontic practice, featuring input from Drs. Todd Bovenizer, Robert Bray, Greg Nalchajian, and Ryan VanLaecken.View the Practice Management Bulletin Feature
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More than 80 participants took part in the 2018 Leadership Development Conference last month in Scottsdale, Arizona. Attendees included component, constituent and council leaders, speakers and AAO trustees. Forty component (state) organizations and all eight constituents were represented. The...
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Before, during and after the 2018 Annual Session, enjoy Washington Nationals baseball and cultural events in the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C.’s rich cultural scene offers a wealth of opportunities for fans of the performing arts.Go Out to the Ball Game The Washington Nationals Major League...
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Register now and join your colleagues for the wealth of exceptional learning experiences available at the 2018 Annual Session. Recent additions to the Doctors Scientific Program include:
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Network, Find Career Opportunities While at the 2018 Annual Session Make contacts and gain insights helpful to your career planning process at the 2018 Annual Session, May 4-8 in Washington, D.C.  You will find unique opportunities at events that are partly or entirely for residents and younger...
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The 2018 Annual Session Planning Committee “knew no meeting would be complete without tackling the issues of practice management in today's economic environment,” says Dr. Larry Wang, Doctors Scientific Program co-chair with Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung. “For the first time, a special program has been put...
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Take a break for an early morning 5k run or a brisk walk at the 2018 Annual Session Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, May 6.  Participants will ride a shuttle to the event trail along the scenic Anacostia River in Washington’s Holley Anacostia Park. Add a ticket to this event to your Annual Session...
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The hometown newspaper of Congressman John Garamendi reports that the student loan bill (H.R. 4001) that he introduced in the House of Representatives in October is awaiting action by a Congressional committee.
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by Dr. Rob Taylor Last week I returned from the Midwinter AAO conference in Arizona where I must confess it was an uncomfortably warm 85 degrees :).  The educational conference was preceded by the 1-day annual AAO leadership conference.  
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Some members have expressed concerns and questions about the Commission on Dental Accreditation’s recent move to remove the word specialty from all CODA documentation, as well as its website. Instead, CODA recently communicated to its communities of interest that it will refer to all advanced...
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During the 2018 Annual Session, the AAO, the AAO Foundation and the American Board of Orthodontics will recognize honorees at the Excellence in Orthodontics Luncheon and Awards Ceremony (Sunday,  May 6 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center).
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Drs. Lauren Wiese and Chris Scott, University of Maryland residents, and Dr. Jennifer Collins, a resident at the Howard University College of Dentistry, had lunch on February 14 with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx of North Carolina's 5th congressional district. Congresswoman Foxx chairs the House of...
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By Gary J. Kloberdanz, DDS, MS   Orthodontics has certainly changed over the last 40+ years. When I entered practice in the mid-1970s, advertising did not exist, most orthodontists were male and being one’s own boss (running a practice) was the goal of most of my classmates and colleagues. However...
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The AAO will present the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research during the 2018 Annual Session in Washington DC (May 4-8, 2018) to Dr. Lysle E. Johnston Jr.  Dr. Johnston will be given his award just prior to his lecture, “Envoi: A Walk on the Mild Side.”
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2017 was a very eventful year for the AAO in so many areas.  From breaking attendance records and dispelling myths, to lobbying for positive change and ​making every effort to move our specialty forward, 2017 was a year to remember. Below are just 17 highlights from the AAO in 2017. In 2017, total...
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During 2017, the AAO Disaster Relief Fund received nearly $200,000 in contributions, aided members and retained some funds to utilize for pending and future applications for assistance. Members whose practices have been impacted by natural disasters* can apply to see what assistance the AAO can...
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The next presentation in the 2017-18 Doctors Webinar series, “Facial Esthetics Oriented Treatment Planning with VTO and TADs,” will address how, instead of using the mandibular incisor position as the primary criterion, a facial esthetics-oriented treatment approach can use the maxillary incisor...
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The AAO Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics Task Force will hold an open forum on Saturday, May 5 from 3 pm – 4:30 pm during the 2018 Annual Session in Washington, D.C. The Task Force was formed last year after the AAO Board of Trustees announced that the AAO will conduct a consensus conference during...
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During 2017, AAO members and their employees received more than 4,700 hours of CE credit via AAO Online Lectures.
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Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have  passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through February 8.  In addition, the CR will also retroactively extend the moratorium on the medical device tax (which went back into affect on January 1, 2018), such that the tax will not apply...
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On January 17, the IRS published a notice (see attached) stating that the agency will temporarily waive penalties (not the tax itself) tied to the medical device tax for the first three quarters of 2018 in the “interest of sound tax administration” due to the “short time frame between the end of...
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The 2018 Annual Session lecture, “Respectful Workplace Conversations: Resolving the War of Words between Doctor/Staff; Staff/Staff; Doctor/Patient,” by Jacqueline Huggins, PhD will have space for 500 participants. Registrants may now reserve tickets to the lecture at Annual Session registration...
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Register your team for the 2018 Annual Session and provide an intensive education for them in many key skills and knowledge aspects of each position.Note that your team may be eligible for Annual Session registration discounts. An Orthodontic Staff Club member may be eligible for both of the...
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The AAO’s new executive director, Lynne Thomas Gordon, CAE, began her official duties on January 8, 2018, following her appointment to the position late last year. She began her orientation to the AAO by participating as an observer in the recent Global Strategic Planning Committee meeting in St....
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The heavy burden of student loans carried by the typical new orthodontic graduate creates a variety of challenges and may limit career choices for some. The AAO found four young orthodontists, however, who all identified multiple solutions that helped them overcome many debt-related financial...
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The AAO’s federal lobbying team (Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (APKS)) has provided the AAO with a basic overview about the details of the new tax reform law.
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Washington, D.C., the host city for the 2018 Annual Session, is well-known for its historic and iconic monuments and historical attractions, as well as for its wealth of free museums and fine dining. Visitors will now have a large new variety of entertainment options following the city’s recent...
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Invite your family to share your experience at the 2018 Annual Session, May 4-8 in Washington, D.C.. With high-quality childcare and myriad educational and sight-seeing opportunities for spouses, the meeting can be an enriching experience for non-orthodontists of all ages. There is no cost to...
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Register your team for the 2018 Annual Session and provide an intensive education for them in many key skills and knowledge aspects of each position.Note that your team may be eligible for Annual Session registration discounts. An Orthodontic Staff Club member may be eligible for both of the...
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The evening of Friday, December 15, Conference Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the negotiated tax reform bill, which both chambers are expected to vote on the week of December 18. The President will likely sign the legislation before Friday.   Thanks to the efforts of the AAO and its...
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Meeting Facility is Easily Accessible and Offers Many AmenitiesRegister now and join your AAO colleagues and members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona, February 9-11 for "Early Orthodontic Treatment: Working Together for Excellent Results.” Twenty experts...
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Call Congress THIS WEEK to tell them not to use tax reform to make graduate medical education more expensive for the next generation of orthodontic students, or new doctors with outstanding student loans.   Congressional Action on Tax Reform
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Serving on the front lines in helping students remain healthy on a day-to-day basis, school nurses have opportunities to intervene in situations related to students’ oral health, and to educate students and parents. To help inform these busy professionals, the AAO recently sent a mailing to school...
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Participants in a recent meeting in St. Louis began the process of updating the AAO Strategic Plan. Those in attendance included representatives from the AAO Board of Trustees and councils, House delegation chairs, an orthodontic resident, a consultant, a manufacturer, a dental service organization...
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Each year, several hundred AAO members take on leadership and other volunteer responsibilities within constituent and component organizations; on AAO councils, committees and task forces; and in the House of Delegates. A new online resource, the Leadership Network, provides volunteers at all levels...
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The AAO Component Support and Leadership Development Committee has announced that registration is open for the 2018 Leadership Development Conference. The conference will be Thursday, February 8 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference is open to constituent and...
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by Paul Zuelke  
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During the second season of Netflix’s hit series, “Stranger Things,” the show’s kid demon fighter, Dustin, frequently wore a T-shirt designed by an AAO member.
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Join your colleagues at the 2018 Annual Session, May 4-8 in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear many acclaimed lecturers and intriguing emerging experts from around the world at one meeting.Register Now for the 2018 Annual Session In addition to the vast array of scientific and...
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The AAO 2017 Member Needs Assessment survey was emailed to members on Wednesday, October 18. Your response by November 1 will be greatly appreciated.  
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AAO President Dr. Nahid Maleki with Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA)
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National Orthodontic Health Month, celebrated each year in October, has always been both a chance to have fun with your patients, staff and community and an opportunity to deliver information about orthodontic treatment to the public. For NOHM 2017, the AAO is making available new tools to...
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The 2017 AAO Annual Session Risk Management Program is available for purchase on DVD for a cost of $50.00 for active AAO members. Flash drives are available for $55.00. To order the program, click the Store tab at the very top of this web page. Then, click on CD ROM/DVDs. If you did not attend one...
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An Orthodontic Staff Club member needs assessment was sent to all club members on September 27 and will remain open through October 13. All OSC members who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards. Responses to the survey will be used to help the AAO...
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Insurance can be a confusing industry, especially for young adults who have little to no experience with it. For one, it’s full of jargon that the average person doesn’t understand. What’s more, the number of products on the market is enough to make your head spin.  
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Join your friends and colleagues for unforgettable 2018 Annual Session events. Tickets for events are available for purchase through the Annual Session registration website.Opening Ceremonies, Saturday, May 5Walter E. Washington Convention CenterFeatured entertainer:  Emmy and Tony Award-winning...
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The AAO leadership looks forward to welcoming you to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Annual Session.  Annual Session will be Friday-Tuesday, May 4-8 (Exhibit Hall open Saturday-Tuesday, May 5-8). ♦ Register Now (Then, book your hotel room via your registration confirmation email.)  
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Speaking on "Dental Transplants:  What We Know," Dr. Ewa Czochrowska will be one of 20 experts from five countries addressing topics of interest to orthodontists and pediatric dental specialists at the 2018 Winter Conference.
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New York State and New York City-based orthodontists Drs. Kenneth Cooperman, Renee Pompei, Yon Lai and Deborah New recently represented the AAO Political Action Committee (AAOPAC) at a coffee in Manhattan with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Now in her first term, Senator Gillibrand is running...
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While Dr. Ian Healy was an orthodontic resident at the University of Tennessee from 2013-16, he dreamed of owning an orthodontic practice in his hometown, Houston – but expected that he would need to defer that dream for several years. “My wife is a physician who was completing her residency in...
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by Dr. Trista Felty The Council on New and Younger Members recently decided to develop member profiles for publication via the eBulletin.  We want to highlight other new and younger members who are making strides within our profession to elevate the field of orthodontics. We also would like to...
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Registration is open for fall 2017-18 webinars. Join the many AAO members who enjoy this efficient approach to learning about topics of interest from noted experts. Reserve the dates/times on your calendar and register now for the following webinars for doctors (click on the webinars that interest...
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Dr. Nahid Maleki with Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA)
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The AAO Board of Trustees convened in Minneapolis August 17-19 for its annual planning session and quarterly business meeting. During the planning session, the trustees engaged in intensive self-evaluation and consultant-led group evaluation in order to further develop their effectiveness in...
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AAO members who are also members of the American Dental Association can begin their days with the ADA Morning Huddle: A digest of news and information based on news media reports pertaining to dentistry and dental care, ADA Morning Huddle is delivered Monday-Saturday mornings via email.  Huddle...
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Please note, the deadline to apply for grants for relief from Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael is March 31, 2019. We are no longer accepting applications for funding for damages sustained by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in September/October of 2017. Should you have...
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Information and applications for the 2018 Milo Hellman Research Award, 2018 Harry Sicher Research Award and the 2018 Thomas M. Graber Awards of Special Merit may be found at aaoinfo.org.Apply for 2018 Hellman, Sicher and Graber Awards
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"Back-to-school" means it's time for community and school outreach. AAO materials offer easy ways to educate and inform parents, school nurses and coaches about how to protect kids' teeth and what to expect during orthodontic treatment. Free and low-cost AAO educational items that are useful for...
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If a patient with a heart condition is about to undergo a procedure and you have questions about the use of prophylactic antibiotics to prevent infective endocarditis (IE), you may refer to guidelines provided by the American Dental Association and the American Heart Association.
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Enjoy two and a half days of lectures addressing topics of interest to orthodontists and pediatric dentists who are collaborating in patient care. Join your orthodontic colleagues and members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for the 2018 Winter Conference, February 9-11 in Scottsdale...
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The AAO’s recent move to a digital approach to marketing via the Consumer Awareness Program (CAP) is yielding strong growth in engagement with the association’s consumer website, which provides expanded information about the superior qualifications of orthodontists to straighten teeth and align...
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Dr. Nahid Maleki, AAO president, recently visited lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues important to orthodontists, including reducing student debt, passage of the AAO’s RAISE Act, and tax reform.  Easing the Burden of Student Debt
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If you plan to keep your dental license valid post-retirement and would like to pursue occasional short-term work opportunities, register as a seeker interested in Locum Tenens at the AAO Career Center. You will have access to listings on the site including Locum Tenens opportunities. Providers...
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Visit Career Management Resources at aaoinfo.org to access a variety of articles and other resources from well-regarded sources that address aspects of the practice transition process. Topics addressed include: ♦ Business analysis ♦ Practice sale to a corporate buyer ♦ Practice sale pitfalls ♦...
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Preparing your practice for your transition to retirement is a long-term process. If you are seeking a qualified partner to take over when you leave, register for the AAO Career Center to look for suitable candidates.
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♦ Jump-start your hiring process by participating in the 2017 Virtual Career Fair, Saturday, October 28, 9 am-12 pm Central. Registration will open for exhibitors (hiring organizations) on August 7 and for participants (seekers) on September 11. Watch the eBulletin and social media outlets for AAO...
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Practice Opportunities and Careers, an online matching service, connects AAO members seeking practice opportunities with those who have opportunities to offer. Whether you are seeking to grow your practice by hiring an associate, bringing in a partner or purchasing another established practice,...
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by Dr. Tamara Jones   “I think I found a job!” I excitedly called my husband to announce the news. After 23 years of school and with graduation from residency around the corner, I was ecstatic about any job possibility. Thanks to amazing faculty, I graduated with the skills to provide my future...
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  A resource series on orthodontic practice modalities includes a white paper, "Orthodontic Career Considerations for Residents and Graduates," a comparison sheet and a checklist addressing practice modalities. Each item may be found in AAO Career Management Resources. (See the third row of...
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Many graduating residents use the AAO Career Center to seek associateship opportunities or positions with corporate dental companies. As your goals evolve during your first 10 years of practice, the service also provides a reliable means of connecting with orthodontists interested in hiring or...
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The 2017-18 orthodontic staff webinar series will begin with two presentations by Jackie Dorst, RDH, BS: ♦ Infection Control Webcasts: - Tuesday, September 26, Noon Central - 1 p.m., OR - Thursday, September 28, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Central   ♦ OSHA Webcasts: - Tuesday, November 14, Noon Central - 1 p.m...
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Members wishing for convenient, easy access to the 2017-18 AAO Membership Card will now be able to download their membership cards online. In conjunction with an effort to make membership processes more environmentally friendly, the AAO will now only print and mail membership cards if asked to do...
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The AAO Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) Program has 160 patients waiting for treatment nationwide (although many are concentrated in Indiana and Kansas). Since the DOS was established in 2009, 692 patients have completed treatment through the program and currently, about 580 AAO members...
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The AAO encourages each member to review the newly updated version of the AAO Principles of Ethics, Code of Professional Conduct and Advisory Opinions. The document was re-structured and substantially updated following a recent review focusing on changes in laws or their interpretations by courts...
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The Medical University of South Carolina has announced the appointment of Dr. Sarandeep S. Huja as dean of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Huja, an AAO member, will also have an academic appointment as a professor at the college. He is expected to assume his position as dean...
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Join residents from the United States and Canada, and AAO leaders and staff at the 2017 Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP). GORP will be Thursday, August 3 – Sunday, August 6 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Marriott downtown hotel. This meeting will be the first GORP event to be held...
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All That Remains, a Forensic Odontology National Conference, will give dental professionals unique exposure to current forensic dentistry methods and provide hands-on training for individual and mass-disaster casualty identification in death investigations. Beginning July 30, 2017, this week-long...
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The AAO Electronic Records Committee is seeking new members as it works toward development of standards that will make operability of the electronic health record efficient, useful and most of all, accurate upon display when used for orthodontic patients.AAO Electronic Records Committee Projects
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Member practices across North America celebrated 2017 Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week June 5-9, engaging in activities and recognition programs to highlight the contributions of orthodontic team members.
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Join your orthodontic colleagues and members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for the 2018 Winter Conference, February 9-11 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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The AAO leadership looks forward to welcoming you to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Annual Session, May 4-8. Join your friends and colleagues for an outstanding learning experience combined with opportunities to enjoy the beautiful and vibrant U.S. capital city. Don’t miss the many expert presenters...
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Dr. Frank DeQuattro, Dr. John (Jack) Kacewicz, Sean Murphy (Associate General Counsel, AAO), and Dr. Mike Ferry (President, RIAO).
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1. Strength in Numbers Being an AAO member means you are part of the world’s largest dental specialty association, joining more than 19,000 of your colleagues spanning more than 110 countries. Membership with your professional association enables the AAO to better serve you and the orthodontic...
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The biennial AAO Economics of Orthodontics & Patient Census Survey was sent to actively practicing members in the United States and Canada on Thursday, June 1.  
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The AAO will introduce the Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP) Fellowship in 2018.
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In cooperation with the UCLA School of Dentistry and Dr. Kang Ting, an AAO member, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) have advanced a study of osteoporosis and bone growth.  Forty rodents arrived at the...
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In response to the many AAO members who have found it challenging to obtain the criteria defining medically necessary care for orthodontic cases, AAO leadership reached out to our industry partner, the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) in hopes of collecting information helpful in...
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The AAO elected officers for 2017-18 and installed a new member of the Board of Trustees during the recent 117th Annual Session in San Diego. The leaders have successful orthodontic practices and bring the AAO diverse expertise in political advocacy, education, research and organizational...
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by Dr. Dale Anne Featheringham I am a meeting junkie. I’ll admit it. I am a nerd through and through, and love to go to CE meetings all over the country to learn more about orthodontics. In addition, I am a volunteer junkie. I love to be involved in both organized orthodontics and dentistry on a...
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The 2017 House of Delegates met April 21 and April 24 in San Diego, taking action on numerous items including:Membership Eligibility Criteria Updated: Exclusive Practice of Orthodontics Will No Longer Be Required
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The 2017 House of Delegates met April 21 and April 24 in San Diego. Among other resolutions, delegates voted to reduce the AAO Consumer Awareness Program (CAP) assessment for 2017-18 from $800 to $600 per actively practicing US member. (Active Canadian members pay 80 percent of the US assessment...
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The U.S. Administration recently unveiled its outline of its 2017 tax reform proposals to the U.S. tax code, which includes reforms to the individual and business tax codes. Among other provisions, the tax rate for personal income would be broken into three brackets of 10 percent, 25 percent, and...
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The AAO joined the American Dental Association and 11 other specialty academies and associations in conveying support for provisions in the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) re-authorization designed to address student loan debt among dentists. The dental groups also expressed support for...
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Access CE Manager on the Member AppView a video that walks the viewer through the CE Manager function on the AAO member app.    The app may also be used to personalize your meeting schedule. Click here for instructions on downloading the app.Certificates of Attendance
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The 2017 AAO Annual Session (April 21-25 in San Diego) will offer a comprehensive management curriculum “designed to address the needs of doctors as well as their employees,” says Dr. Paul McKenna, Orthodontic Team program chair. The 2017 Annual Session Planning Committee expanded the doctor/staff...
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Sponsored by the AAO and the AAO Insurance Company (AAOIC, an RRG) Annual Session risk management seminars are open to all attendees. All seminars are free with no ticket required.
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Make your voice heard at the next AAO Member Town Hall on Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Room 24 of the San Diego Convention Center (upper level). This event is open to all members with no ticket or reservation required. Participants may ask questions of AAO leaders, offer feedback on...
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The AAO has announced the availability of new insurance products for members and spouses and higher benefit amounts for select life and health plans. For more information about the AAO-Endorsed Insurance Program, new products, or to raise your benefit amounts on an existing policy, contact 800.622....
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Retrospective Study of Proposed Auto-Qualifiers Receives Approval to Proceed AAO members have struggled to navigate embedded orthodontic benefits within insurance policies offered via the Marketplace/Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. In response, the AAO has led an effort to develop...
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Celebrate your team's work during the third annual Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week, June 5-9, 2017.  The AAO offers tools and ideas for recognition, fun and patient involvement.
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The 2017 Annual Session Oral Research presentations will be Sunday, April 23 at the San Diego Convention Center, with members of the AAO Council on Scientific Affairs serving as room moderators.View the Oral Research Presentation Schedule The Milo Hellman Research Award, Harry Sicher Research Award...
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by Dr. Lauren Gray Searching for employment opportunities at the end of your residency is stressful. Additionally, you might be finishing patient treatment, preparing cases for presentation to the ABO (American Board of Orthodontics) or completing a master’s thesis. Thankfully, all of the residents...
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Are your patients who are active in sports protecting themselves from facial injuries? National Facial Protection Month (April) is an ideal time to educate your patients and community about the importance of mouth guard use. National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the AAO, the American...
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AAO members are making an impact in Washington, D.C.    View a video recap of the AAO's recent Advocacy Conference, where nearly 100 AAO members convened to discuss important orthodontic issues, including the AAO's RAISE Act (which would increase the caps on flexible spending accounts), repeal of...
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The AAO Board of Trustees met recently in St. Louis, taking actions on issues and electing to recommend numerous resolutions to the 2017 House of Delegates. Among the items submitted to the House of Delegates will be 2017-18 budget recommendations reflecting the AAO’s operating objectives and...
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The annual House of Delegates meeting is the AAO’s governance congress, at which proposed budget items, policies, initiatives and programs are reviewed and debated, and passed or rejected by delegates. Only delegates representing constituent and component organizations may vote on resolutions, but...
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Join your colleagues in beautiful San Diego, California, April 21-25 for the 2017 Annual Session:  "Navigating Orthodontics:  The Art. The Science. The Business.".Register for the 2017 Annual Session and book housing, or add tickets to an existing registration.
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The AAO hosted the 2017 Emerging Leaders Conference in Fort Lauderdale just prior to the 2017 Winter Conference. The 72 participants included second- and third-year residents, younger members in practice for 10 years or less and established orthodontists in practice for more than 10 years. Members...
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The 2017 Annual Session Doctors Scientific Program, planned by Drs. Christina Carter, Olivier Nicolay and James Vaden, will include 60 first-time speakers providing fresh insights into clinical problem solving.
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The new AAO Conference Archives site makes available web-based lecture packages including most lectures from the 2015 and 2016 Annual Sessions ($205 per meeting). Web access to the Winter Conference lectures from 2015, 2016 and 2017 may be purchased for $175 per meeting.   2017 Winter Conference...
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The February issue of The Practice Management Bulletin, available in both print and digital formats, features insights on orthodontic practice human resources management from an experienced manager.
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During the 2017 Annual Session, the AAO, the American Board of Orthodontics and the AAO Foundation will recognize honorees at the Excellence in Orthodontics Luncheon and Awards Ceremony (Sunday, April 23 at the San Diego Convention Center).
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On February 16, 2017, the AAO’s RAISE Act was re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by lead sponsors Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM).  Other original co-sponsors (all of whom were sponsors in the last Congress) include:   Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Cheri Bustos (D-...
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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), a dentist whom the AAO Political Action Committee has long supported, has introduced legislation to amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 to restore the application of federal anti-trust laws to the business of health insurance (expressly including dental insurance).
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Do you or your team have insurance concerns related to claims management, provider agreements or other issues? If so, the AAO Orthodontic Practice and HR Resources Kit is a one-stop shop for your insurance information needs.  Insurance-related information has been updated for 2017.  Insurance...
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Employees of AAO members may access a wealth of practice management and clinical online learning opportunities via a new, easy-to-navigate platform that offers access to both archived Online Lectures and live webinar registration and information.Live Webinars The easy to scan live webinars page...
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The 2017 AAO Annual Session (April 21-25 in San Diego) will offer a comprehensive management curriculum “designed to address the needs of doctors as well as their employees,” says Dr. Paul McKenna, Orthodontic Team program chair. The 2017 Annual Session Planning Committee expanded the doctor/staff...
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Dr. Frank DeQuattro, Dr. John (Jack) Kacewicz, Sean Murphy (Associate General Counsel, AAO), and Dr. Mike Ferry (President, RIAO)
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Nominate a Colleague for the 2018 Award by March 31 (See Below) The AAO will present the first Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research during the 2017 Annual Session in San Diego to Dr. William R. Proffit. Dr. Proffit will receive his award just before his lecture, “Learning from...
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Register now and hear a clinician's 10-year perspective on 3D imaging and 3D printing at the 2017 Winter Conference, February 10-11 in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to Dr. Ed Lin's lecture, speakers will share new perspectives on Internet and social media marketing and a deep dive into technology...
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In 2009, a 58-year old woman slipped on a puddle of soap at a Costco store in Pomona, California. She fell to the ground, and instantly shattered her kneecap. According to her doctors, the injury would affect her mobility and cause her pain for the rest of her life.
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Access a wealth of practice management and clinical online learning opportunities via a new, easy-to-navigate platform that offers access to both archived Online Lectures and live webinar registration and information. Within the next few weeks, archived meeting lecture packages will also be...
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Join your friends and colleagues at the 2017 Annual Session, April 21-25 at the San Diego Convention Center.● Register now for the 2017 Annual Session. ● Learn more and view the complete Annual Session lecture and event schedules. At the registration site you can also book tickets for programs  ...
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Remind your social media friends and followers who may have become engaged during the holiday season that a healthy, beautiful smile will last a lifetime - as well as giving them a “picture perfect” look on their big day. Share a post from MyLifeMySmile on your practice Facebook page. The post...
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If you or your practice are currently using powdered gloves, you must remove them from your practice and start using non-powdered gloves before Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Background: 
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Have you found it challenging to find the right team members or replace those who leave? Using a newly updated AAO brochure, “Orthodontic Staff Career Opportunities,” you can educate your community about opportunities in orthodontics.  
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Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) has been announced as the committee’s leadership for the 115th Congress. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) will be the Vice Chairman of the full Energy & Commerce Committee. In addition, the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health will be...
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On January 3, 2017, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced the Protecting Medical Innovation Act of 2017, which would permanently repeal the medical device tax.  The AAO’s Political Action Committee (“AAOPAC”) has been a longtime supporter of Rep. Paulsen and supports the permanent repeal of the...
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The Fall 2016 Business of Orthodontics series webinars are now available at no cost via Online Lectures.  Lectures include: ● “The Social Six:  Strategies and Techniques for Engaging & Growing Your Online Presence,” by Dr. Kyle Fagala. Dr. Fagala discusses best practices for the social media...
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AAO membership includes a long list of benefits, but many members use only a small portion of their available benefits. It can be challenging to remember all of the available resources, especially those you do not expect to need in the near future. Occasionally reviewing the benefits will help you...
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Register by April 7 for AAO Tours during the 2017 Annual Session. The Annual Session will be April 21-25 in San Diego. Tour options include:● Uncover the City with Sol. Visit San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District and enjoy a one-hour harbor cruise along San Diego Bay. See the city’s renowned Balboa...
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Register by Friday, January 13 at 5 p.m. CST for the 2017 Winter Conference and save $100 on registration. The meeting, "Technology: Balancing Profit, Lifestyle and Patient Care," will be February 10-11 in Fort Lauderdale.   Focusing on how to assess the potential impact of new technologies on your...
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Share a post on your practice Facebook page that links to a syndicated column from the AAO that includes the recommendation for an orthodontic visit between a child’s 7th and 8th birthdays. The column also lists signs that a child may have problems that could be addressed by treatment during...
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Information from AAO President DeWayne McCamish is cited in a New York Times finance column addressing Flexible Spending Accounts (tax-deferred savings that may be used to cover health-related expenses not covered by insurance).
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Register now for the 2017 Winter Conference in Fort Lauderdale and plan to make your voice heard at an open forum for all AAO members to share ideas, questions and concerns with AAO leadership. The 2017 AAO Member Town Hall will be Saturday, February 11 from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. at the Winter Conference...
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Dr. Martin Palomo, a member of AAO’s Committee on Technology (CTECH), recently presented updated CBCT research on the AAO’s behalf to the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging (the Image Gently Alliance).  Image Gently’s mission is to improve safe and effective imaging care of children...
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The December issue of the Practice Management Bulletin features in-depth inter views with 2017 meeting planning committee members: ● The 2017 Winter Conference, February 10-11 in Fort Lauderdale, will address how to assess the potential impact of new technologies on your practice's bottom line.
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Expert speakers will offer in-depth knowledge of how to assess the potential impact of new technologies on your practice's bottom line at the 2017 Winter Conference. The meeting, “Technology: Balancing Profit, Lifestyle, and Patient Care,” will be February 10-11 in Fort Lauderdale. Members in the...
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Expert speakers will offer in-depth knowledge of how to assess the potential impact of new technologies on your practice's bottom line at the 2017 Winter Conference, February 10-11 in Fort Lauderdale.  Working closely with AAO President DeWayne McCamish, Drs. Greg Jorgensen, Alan Curtis and Doug...
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Patients may not be happy to hear that holiday dishes and treats that include off-limits ingredients are on the “naughty” list, so offer them orthodontic-friendly recipes: Florentine Eggs Benedict Bake, Chanukah Gelt Wontons, Asparagus and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Christmas Wreath and Pumpkin Pie...
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The Business of Orthodontics Podcast series continues with coverage of the 2016 election and its potential impact on AAO members, orthodontic patients and the AAO’s agenda at the federal level.  In Segment 2 of the podcast, Dr. DeWayne McCamish, AAO president, reports on actions taken by the AAO...
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The AAO Board of Trustees has approved a proposal to conduct new Consumer Awareness Program (CAP) research that will examine the consumer’s orthodontic treatment decision-making process. Convening recently during a virtual meeting, the Board also acted on the following:Non-Orthodontists’...
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Have you been contacted by a company that claims to represent a media outlet, and wishes to speak to you about a possible interview for a health-related program? If the “opportunity” sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The “opportunity” presented may be what is known as “pay to play.”
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A new video explains how to use free AAO images in your Facebook postings. The video also shows how to "boost" your posts to expand your reach locally and how to choose the audience for your boosted posts.
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The AAO’s new one-day meeting, “The Successful Orthodontist – Begin to Maximize Your Profitability Now!” debuted in Denver in August and will be repeated in Chicago on May 13, 2017. As at the first meeting, attendees in Chicago will gain comprehensive strategies for increasing patient acceptance...
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The AAO is preparing for its 2017 Professional Advocacy Conference, which will be February 28-March 1 in Washington, DC. Development of a list of key legislative contacts is underway and member input is needed. Please take a few minutes to complete the AAO Advocacy Survey. It is vitally important...
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2017 Winter Conference Keynote Speaker Jack Shaw, an expert on the strategic impact of emerging technologies, will speak on technology and business disruption. Register now and join your colleagues for "Technology: Balancing Profit, Lifestyle, and Patient Care,” February 10-11 in Fort Lauderdale....
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Kevin O’Neill from AAO’s Washington, D.C. legislative counsel, Arnold & Porter, discusses the climate in the U.S. capital leading up to the November election in a conversation with Kevin Dillard, AAO’s general counsel, and Sean Murphy, AAO’s associate general counsel, on Episode 16 of “the...
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The AAOPAC is the active and visible political voice of the orthodontic profession.  Through your annual contributions to the AAOPAC, we are able to provide support for political candidates who we think will make sound policy decisions in the future.  
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AAO Legal Practice Management: Orthodontic Residency Legal Course from AAOinfo on Vimeo.
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The AAOPAC is the active and visible political voice of the orthodontic profession.  Through your annual contributions to the AAOPAC, we are able to provide support for political candidates who we think will make sound policy decisions in the future.  
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The AAO will host its second annual Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST. (Log in and out whenever you wish.) Plan to participate, connect live with employers and discuss available orthodontic career opportunities.   The event is free for AAO members seeking...
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Bring your team and your family and join the fun as country star Martina McBride entertains at the 2017 Annual Session Opening Ceremonies, Saturday, April 22 in San Diego.* 
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The AAO Political Action Committee is the active and visible political voice of the orthodontic profession.  Through your annual contributions to the AAOPAC, we are able to provide support for political candidates who we think will make sound policy decisions in the future.  
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AAO Engages Consumers with Fashion-Themed PR Event Nearly 450 guests experienced the AAO’s inaugural Pop Up Fashion event, “Your Smile is Your Best Fashion Accessory, TM” held on September 7, the eve of New York’s Fashion Week.
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Join the thousands of AAO members and orthodontic staff members who have taken advantage of the high-quality continuing education opportunities available via AAO webinars. *Please note that only the following four webinars are currently available for registration. (See additional information below...
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Your Smile is Your Best Fashion Accessory™ from AAOinfo on Vimeo.
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Dr. DeWayne McCamish with Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH), RAISE Act Co-Sponsor.   AAO President DeWayne McCamish recently visited Washington, D.C. to promote the AAO’s RAISE Act and meet with lawmakers whose actions impact the practice of orthodontics.  
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The AAO Board of Trustees met August 19-20 in St. Louis and took action on numerous items including an initiative to bring cutting edge research, practice management and potential speakers from outside the dental profession to the Annual Session Doctors Program. Enhancements to the Annual Session...
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The application period for the Emerging Leaders Conference has ended.  Thank you for your interest. WHERE: Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaWHEN: Thursday, February 9, the day before the AAO Winter Conference, “Technology: Balancing Profit, Lifestyle and Patient...
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The AAO will soon break new ground with an interactive event, “Your Smile is Your Best Fashion Accessory™". The event, which will be Wednesday, September 7 in New York City, is designed to align healthy, beautiful smiles with the buzz surrounding Fashion Week 2016.
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Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced the RAISE Act, legislation initially drafted and promoted by the AAO, in the U.S. Senate on July 14th.  
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The ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) recently released a report on America's oral health. Oral Health & Well-Being in the United States includes national findings as well as data for all 50 states based on an a survey of nearly 15,000 adults.
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The AAO will host “Your Smile is Your Best Fashion Accessory™,” an interactive consumer-focused event, September 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in New York City. The event is designed to align healthy, beautiful smiles with the buzz surrounding Fashion Week 2016.
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought the issue of qualifying orthodontic cases as being medically necessary to the forefront of orthodontic concerns. Based on calls that came into the AAO, it soon became clear that members throughout the United States were confused regarding how to get these cases...
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The AAO Board of Trustees met April 26-27 in Orlando prior to the 2016 Annual Session, considering a variety of issues of concern to the specialty, to the AAO and to AAO members.
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*/ Thank you for making the 2016 AAO Annual Session a tremendous success!  Almost 18,000 attended the 2016 Annual Session in Orlando.  
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AAO Young Members Town Hall Recap from AAOinfo on Vimeo.
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The AAO recently announced the availability to members of a group buying discount with Protected Trust, a company that specializes in security and privacy technology.
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Push notifications available via the member app offer an efficient way to get major news highlights from the AAO on a weekly basis. To opt in to receive push notifications:
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http://bit.ly/1P2UfII In Segment 1, AAO general counsel Kevin Dillard and host Pam Paladin introduce Sean Murphy, AAO’s associate general counsel, who will helm the AAOPAC and the AAO Component Legal Fund.   In Segment 2, Murphy discusses a recent Texas court decision about advertising as a...
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The AAO has negotiated a group buying discount with Protected Trust*, a company that specializes in security and privacy technology addressing HIPAA, HITECH and other compliance requirements.
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The AAO will present the first Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research during the 2017 Annual Session in San Diego. Nominations for the award will be accepted at aaoinfo.org through March 31, 2016.
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The AAO Donated Orthodontic Services program is preparing to expand nationally in 2016. The program’s goal is to offer children in every U.S. state who could not otherwise afford orthodontic treatment the opportunity to receive treatment. (Listen to a podcast about the DOS Program Expansion.)  ...
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This week the House of Representatives unveiled an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government through the end of FY 2016. The omnibus bill and the tax extenders package that were introduced represent the final business of the year before Congress goes into recess until January 5.   
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In Segment 1 of The Business of Orthodontics Podcast Ep. 12, AAO general counsel Kevin Dillard and host Pam Paladin discuss the existence of a gray market for orthodontic appliances, and potential implications if these products are used. In Segment 2, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-NM, a...
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♦ Access the latest news and information from the AAO and opt in to receive periodic AAO news updates (notifications); ♦ Reference the latest Practice Management materials designed to enhance your practice; ♦ Manage your experience at AAO meetings; ♦ Manage and review your required continuing...
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In Segment 1, AAO general counsel Kevin Dillard and host Pam Paladin discuss guidance developed by the Federal Trade Commission relative to supervising state regulatory boards, including dental boards. Segment 2 features advice from Dillard regarding AAO members’ contracts with vendors.
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Invite your adult patients to join general dentists and other health professionals, a charter jet pilot, a world champion bicycle motocross racer, business leaders and others in the AAO Adult Hall of Fame at mylifemysmile.org.
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The AAO's first Membership Awareness Month is now underway. During November, communication with existing and prospective members will focus on awareness of the many programs, services, resources and tools available to AAO members. Look for:  
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Effective October 1, 2015 some payers will begin to require that ICD-10 (diagnostic) coding begin to be included on claim forms.  There are some payers that likely will not require this – at least not until later.  However, the AAO wants our member offices to be prepared in case they are asked for...
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http://aao.podbean.com/e/the-business-of-orthodontics-podcast-episode-10/ In Segment 1, AAO general counsel Kevin Dillard and host Pam Paladin discuss the importance of selecting an attorney for your practice and how to find one. In Segment 2, Dillard provides guidance on how to manage a...
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Synopsis Effective October 1, 2015 some payers will begin to require that ICD-10 (diagnostic) coding begin to be included on claim forms. Some payers will likely not require this immediately. However, the AAO wants our member offices to be prepared in case they are asked for this coding.   
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American Association of Orthodontists “The Business of Orthodontics” Podcast – Episode 9 AAO general counsel Kevin Dillard, with host Pam Paladin, discusses ethics in paid and non-paid advertising for orthodontists. Length: 17 minutes  
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Some AAO member practices recently devoted a week to highlighting the many contributions of their staff members. While the activities and methods of providing recognition varied, participating doctors worked to show their deep appreciation of their employees’ work with patients and other tasks...
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With the recent implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the insurance world has experienced the biggest change to impact the dental industry in decades.  When the ACA health coverage plans that are offered through the state exchanges were first introduced, there was an element of...
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How does yesterday’s Supreme Court Affordable Care Act ruling impact orthodontists and their practices? AAO general counsel Kevin Dillard, with host Pam Paladin, explains the implications of the June 25, 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell.
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AAO Communications Manager, Pam Paladin and AAO General Counsel, Kevin Dillard discuss a recent U.S. Supreme Court case and legislation that may affect orthodontists in the near future.  To listen now, click here or use the player below.  This and future podcasts are also available via iTunes.
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*/ COSA decided the winners of the Milo Hellman Research Award, the Harry Sicher Research Award and the Thomas M. Graber Awards of Special Merit at its January 2015 meeting. The winners will present their research at the 2015 AAO Annual Session. The winners are:   Milo Hellman Research Award
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AAO members may now text questions to the AAO, and/or opt-in to receive updates via text from the association. Receiving Text Messages from the AAO (Outbound) Members may subscribe to any of the following lists to receive periodic text messages from the AAO: - General AAO News & Updates (...
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The AAO has launched a new and improved version of its consumer website, mylifemysmile.org. The site attracts about 300,000 visitors per year.
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The 2014 Doctors’ Risk Management Program DVD, produced by the AAO Insurance Company and including a new cyber risk portion, is now available for purchase via the aaoinfo.org Online Store or by calling Member Services at 800-424-2841. AAOIC insureds can earn a 10 percent professional...
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The AAO Planning Committee is excited to announce that the AAO is now accepting applications for the 2015 AAO Emerging Leaders Conference. The conference will be at the Loews South Beach Resort in Miami, Florida on Thursday, February 5, the day before the AAO Winter Conference, “Early Orthodontic...
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AAO Lists Resources for Paperless Office Transitioning and Operations The AAO has developed the compilation of resources below for the purpose of providing members with a centralized information source on how to make an orthodontic practice paperless, or nearly paperless. Simply click on each item...
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The AAO has endorsed HR for Health, a Web-based human resources software platform, as its exclusive endorsed provider of HR solutions for members. As a specialist in providing Web-based human resource solutions for health professionals, HR for Health offers a streamlined response to the complex and...
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DOS is Expanding!  Orthodontists in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Michigan recently established the AAO Donated Orthodontic Services program in their states, representing the first expansion since the DOS program began five years ago. The DOS program also continues to operate in the...
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Nearly 350 orthodontic staff members employed by members of the AAO have successfully completed the AAO Voluntary Certification Program®. Dr. Spencer Pope of Flossmoor, Illinois recently held a “pinning” ceremony for members of his staff who became certified. Pictured with Dr. Pope (at right) at...
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The AAO Orthodontic Staff Training Resources Guide has been updated and is available at https://www.aaoinfo.org/education/orthodontic-staff-education The guide includes 19 providers of orthodontic staff training in various formats, with detailed information about the topical offerings and...
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​ In addition to voting in favor of reducing Board and Council terms, the 2014 House of Delegates (HOD) passed other resolutions that will impact the Association’s governance structure. The HOD met last month in New Orleans, also passing resolutions that will impact members’ practices, the services...
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AAO members have recently been solicited by media companies for interviews on Web-based television. The new pitches claim that there is no cost to the orthodontist for the production; however, pay-to-play does involve a production fee and representatives have been known to pressure AAO members to...
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A private jet pilot who works coast to coast; an ophthalmologist affiliated with a leading Midwestern teaching hospital, a family dentist with a thriving practice and a former opera singer are among the initial class of inductees into the AAO 2014 Adult Hall of Fame.
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The AAO will work with Arizona’s starting pitcher, Patrick Corbin, to promote National Facial Protection Month in April.  Corbin is dedicated to facial protection and worked with the AAO on a radio public service campaign to encourage athletes of all ages to protect their mouths, teeth and faces....
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The AAO Board of Trustees met recently in St. Louis and took action on numerous issues that impact AAO members. Board actions include:
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The AAO Council on Scientific Affairs (COSA) has announced that its 2014 Annual Session programs will be scheduled as listed below. The Annual Session will be April 25-29 in New Orleans. COSA programs include the following.
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The 2014 Lysle E. Johnston Educational Leadership Conference will be Thursday, April 24 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The conference is a meeting of the AAO Society of Educators and requires attendees to be members of the society. All orthodontic educators in the United States and Canada,...
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The AAO Council on Insurance, in conjunction with the AAO Insurance Company (AAOIC), recently completed a request for proposal process to select a new endorsed insurance administrator. Effective February 24, 2014, the AAO has endorsed Pearl Insurance, a nationally recognized, third-party insurance...
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The 2014 Lysle E. Johnston Educational Leadership Conference will be Thursday, April 24 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The conference is a meeting of the AAO Society of Educators and requires attendees to be members of the society. All orthodontic educators in the United States and Canada,...
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Leaders and staff of the AAO gathered in Washington, D. C. on January 26, the day before the start of the annual Professional Advocacy Conference, to meet with representatives of corporate dental groups. In September 2013, the AAO Board of Trustees called for formation of strategic partnerships...
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          2014 Speakers/Agenda included:
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February is Children’s Dental Health Month and AAO members who are doing community presentations can choose from a variety of AAO consumer education materials such as “Age 7” print ads and posters that emphasize the importance of an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. In addition, the...
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The American Dental Education Association/Academy for Academic Leadership Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) is for new and mid-career faculty and for private practice dentists who are transitioning to academia. The AAO offers scholarships to the ITL, including full tuition and travel...
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A U.S. government mandate for universal Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation by 2015 will require that all of a patient’s medical and dental records be available in an electronic format if the provider is a participant in a Medicare or Medicaid incentive program. Eventually, the EHR...
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“Your Child’s First Orthodontic Check-Up,” an AAO consumer education brochure, is now available in an updated version featuring a new design and new photography.  The brochure emphasizes the AAO recommendation that each child should have a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. The...
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The AAO governance study continues in an effort to determine whether the current governance model will meet future needs and enable the AAO to remain relevant to its members and the public. As part of the study, the AAO recently hosted a stakeholders' meeting in St. Louis. The nearly 30...
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  ​Resources for the Affordable Care Act Implementation ACA Impact to Vary from State to State Long Term Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Dental Care The Orthodontist as an Employer
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The AAO Donated Orthodontic Services program enables patients who could not otherwise afford orthodontic treatment to be treated. The AAO collaborates with the Dental Lifeline Network (formerly the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped) to offer the DOS program. Dental Lifeline...
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Dr. Rolf G. Behrents has been selected to become editor-in-chief of the AJO-DO effective June 1, 2014. Dr. Behrents will soon begin transitioning into the position by working with Dr. David L. Turpin, interim editor-in-chief of the journal. The AAO began a search process for a new AJO-DO editor-in-...
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In recent weeks, AAO members have been contacted directly by representatives of media companies with offers to appear on televised health programs to discuss orthodontic treatment. The opportunities are presented as interviews rather than advertising, but the production companies often charge...
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Dr. Michael Bailey, an AAO member in Lihue, HI, donated a kidney to a woman he had never met before. Learn More
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The AAO recently sent orthodontic and dental emergency reference materials to nearly 10,000 public school nurses nationwide and to nearly 5,000 Catholic school administrators. Each recipient received a packet with a message from Dr.
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Advertisements from the 2013-14 My Life. My Smile. My Orthodontist.® campaign will produce 349,367,910 consumer impressions, appearing in media outlets in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.   The 2013-14 ads continue the core message that orthodontists are specialists with...
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The AAO will officially request that the American Dental Association Council on Dental Benefits revise the current dental claim form by removing Box 40 from the form.
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This case report describes the interdisciplinary treatment of a 39-year-old man with several missing teeth (including both maxillary lateral incisors), Class II malocclusion, deep overbite, and significant mandibular midline deviation...
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Photographer Fadi Kheir has shared images captured at the 2013 AAO Annual Session, held May 4-7th in Philadelphia, PA. Please visit this link to view the complete collection:   https://www.collages.net/ConsumerSite/GuestLogin.aspx?FUrl=1061864404 A selection has also been added to ...
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This case report describes the orthodontic treatment of an adult patient with iatrogenic absence of the maxillary canines, moderate maxillary and severe mandibular dental crowding, a Bolton discrepancy with a large mandibular anterior excess, a maxillary right lateral incisor crossbite, and Angle...
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This 10 year-old girl has a class I occlusion with mild arch length deficiencies. She also has palatally and distally transposed maxillary left second premolar, which did not improve as her posterior teeth erupted. How would you treat this situation? The authors treated her nonextraction and...
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Since 2010, the percentage of teens in braces being treated by orthodontists has increased from 86 percent to 94 percent and the percentage of teens using clear aligners who are being treated by orthodontists has increased from 70 percent to 79 percent.* These and other data were produced by...
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Watch this brief video recap of our recent Mid-Winter Conference.
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View a brief video recap of the Young Leaders in Orthodontics Forum, recently held prior to the start of the AAO's Winter Meeting in Palm Desert, CA.
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View the video for the February 2013 AJO-DO Case of the Month
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View the Case of the Month video
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The AAO has developed a PowerPoint presentation, "Handling Orthodontic Emergencies in the School Clinic," which is available to members at no charge. The presentation is intended for AAO members wishing to educate school nurses about the needs of students in orthodontic treatment.
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Overlooking Pathology Can Result in Malpractice Claims                                
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Like many orthodontists, Dr. Jeffrey Gilmore of Marietta, OH will self-finance treatment.  If a patient makes a down payment, additional payments can be extended over the course of treatment with no interest charged. “Of course, not everyone can make a down payment,” says Dr. Gilmore. “Some...
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For 19 years, Dr. James Klarsch worked two days a week at the South St. Louis County satellite office of his orthodontic practice. Then, in 2008, a Chrysler plant located near the office closed. “Within a matter of months, my practice simply dried up,” says Dr. Klarsch. “New volume was practically...
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