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. *
● “Problems to Watch for in Adults” is designed to educate dental professionals about orthodontic problems that occur in adults. The guide features 12 photos of adult malocclusions and other helpful information.

● “Problems to Watch for in 7-Year-Olds” provides dentists, dental hygienists and pediatricians with an educational tool showing nine common problems in 7-year-olds. The flier also serves as an orthodontic referral reminder.
● “Problems to Watch for in Growing Children” covers nine common malocclusions that may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation. It is appropriate for parents and may be useful to dentists or pediatricians as an in-office handout.
Online Store Offers Wide Range of Resources for Orthodontic Practices
The AAO Online Store offers many products such as:
● Risk management DVDs for orthodontists, prepared by the AAO Insurance Company;
● Printed version of the informed consent form developed by the AAO (also available in Spanish) and related forms including the Medical/Dental History form, patient transfer forms and more;
● AAO logo material. The desk sign and business card holder indicate to patients that you are a member of the AAO;
● Many other educational DVDs and printed consumer education brochures and flyers.

The Online Store also accepts contributions to the AAO Foundation, the AAO Disaster Relief Fund and AAO Donated Orthodontic Services.
Visit the Online Store

* If preferred, all three flyers described above, and many other consumer education materials, are also available online for free download.
Access the Downloadable Flyers
** Click here to access downloadable informed consent forms.

(Log-in will be required for access to all materials.)
Dec. 12, 2018

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Dr. Jim Martin, a North Carolina orthodontist and Junior Director of the North Carolina Association of Orthodontists, is pictured with AAO attorney Trey Lawrence.  The two provided public comments at the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners’ October 2018 hearing on proposed regulations concerning specialty advertising.
AAO attorney Trey Lawrence recently attended a hearing before the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners regarding specialty advertising regulations proposed by the North Carolina Board and provided comments on those proposed regulations.

Previously, the AAO had worked to persuade the Board to adopt proposed regulations regarding who may practice or advertise as specialists.  Specifically, the AAO supports requirements that those practicing and/or advertising as “specialists” have completed a post-doctoral advanced dental education program of at least two full time-years, that is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  After previously adopting proposed regulations that were a significant step in this direction, the North Carolina Board considered further revising the proposed regulation in October.

The proposal is to more specifically define which accrediting organizations or programs meet requirements for advertising or practicing as a “specialist.” 
Thanks to the AAO Component Legal Support Fund, the Legal Department has been assisting North Carolina with this issue and is pleased to report that via the Board’s proposed revisions, AAO members’ concerns are being heard. Click here to view a copy of the letter the AAO submitted to the North Carolina Board in support of the proposed regulation.

You (as a citizen of and licensed dental provider in your state) have the right, independently and individually, to express your own opinions about public health and safety issues to your state dental board. If you feel so compelled, contact your state's dental board to discuss such matters with them.  Contact information for state dental boards can be found at  *

Likewise, if you have patients who believe they have been injured or otherwise harmed by dental services or advertising, you can inform them about the process by which the patient can file a complaint with your state's dental board, should they wish to do so,  

If you are aware of a dental board hearing regarding orthodontics, please feel free to inform the AAO, by sending an email to
 * Reference and contact information also includes the Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities.
Dec. 7, 2018

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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.

New registrants are encouraged to check with other Marco Island hotels to secure rooms prior to registering.

- View the complete conference schedule

- Register for the 2019 Winter Conference

- View conference information, including early registration rates.
(Registration fees include scheduled breakfasts, lunches and snack breaks. The Early Registration discount is in effect through December 28.)

Archived Lecture Orders Being Accepted
Many Winter Conference lectures will be recorded for the AAO Conference Archives. Click here to access the Conference Archives order page, listing pre-conference purchase rates for web access only, for the USB drive and for the combined web-plus-USB package. On-site purchases may be made at the conference for an additional $20; after the conference, prices will increase by $40.

Dec. 5, 2018

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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 Georgia’s 3rd District;
● Dr. Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona’s 4th District;
● Dr. Mike Simpson, a Republican from Idaho’s 2nd District;
● Dr. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat from New Jersey’s 2nd District.

Dr. Ferguson is moving into leadership within the Republican party, having been appointed Chief Deputy Whip for the 116th Congress.

The AAO Political Action Committee supported Drs. Babin, Ferguson, Gosar, Van Drew and other successful candidates in the 2018 election.
Learn More about the AAO-PAC
Nov. 30, 2018

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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.

More than 15 million consumers viewed ads and short videos in the new AAO Facebook/Instagram series, "That Feeling When ..." from September 22-November 22. Over 600,000 viewers responded to the series by spending time on the AAO consumer website,, where visitors may access a variety of information and utilize the Find an Orthodontist locator.
Many consumers on Facebook and Instagram also demonstrated engagement via Likes, Shares and comments.  The series’ two top performers, “That Feeling When You Rock Your Very First Orthodontic Check-up,” and “That Feeling When You Show Off Your Beautiful Smile” resulted in the following metrics:

That Feeling When You Rock Your Very First Ortho Check Up (click to view)
Impressions: 35,590,847 (number of times the ad was sent to individual news feeds)
Reach: 5,628,711 (number of times that the ad was viewed by Facebook/Instagram users)
Engagements: 360,662 (Likes, Shares, comments and clicks through to the AAO website)
That Feeling When You Show Off Your Beautiful Smile (video; click to view)
Impressions: 18,418,503
Reach: 6,335,219
Engagements: 2,067,629

Metrics for the entire Facebook/Instagram series from September 22-November 22 were:

Impressions: 88,085,000
Reach: 15,773,076
Engagements: 3,797,576
That’s not all! The series is also running across other digital platforms. On Snapchat, for instance, the ads reached nearly 20 million consumers.
The series is part of the Consumer Awareness Program, an all-digital marketing initiative developed under the leadership of the AAO Council on Communications. Follow the CAP on social media to stay up-to-date on current campaigns.

Additional ads and short videos in the series are linked below. Stay tuned for new social media ads and videos that will be launching in coming weeks.
- That Feeling When You Show Off That New Smile
- That Feeling When You Show Off That New Smile 2
- That Feeling When You Rock Your Very First Ortho Check Up 2
- That Feeling When You Rock Your First Ortho Check Up (video)
- Did You Know? The Recommended Age For An Ortho Check-up is 7 (video)
- Did You Know? Wires Used For Braces Were Developed by NASA (video)

Nov. 30, 2018

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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 orthodontic residency program and in 1953, became a full-time instructor in the Orthodontic Department. He served in the U.S. Navy and the Indiana National Guard for many years, reaching the rank of Major.

After starting his practice in Indianapolis, Dr. Lindquist became active in organized dentistry and orthodontics.  He was president of the AAO in 1988-89, presiding over the 1989 Annual Session in Anaheim, California. Dr. Lindquist also served as a director of the American Board of Orthodontics and was a leader, board member and/or president of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, the Charles H. Tweed Foundation and the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists (GLAO), which awarded him its Dr. David C. Hamilton Distinguished Service Award.  He spoke internationally at orthodontic meetings, including those of the French, Japanese, British and Brazilian societies.

In addition, Dr. Lindquist was a founding shareholder of Orthodontic Supply Corporation and Research Inc. and worked with the company on new product development and processes. Early in his career he had lectured before the Edward H. Angle Society on an original indirect band technique and continued working to innovate and improve the practice of orthodontics throughout his life. After retiring from practice in 2002, Dr. Lindquist was assigned rights to a U.S. patent for a product that his company marketed.

Dr. Eugene Roberts, professor emeritus of orthodontics at Indiana University and Purdue University in Indianapolis, was a friend of Dr. Lindquist and is compiling historical information about Dr. Lindquist’s career and leadership within the specialty.

“Dr. Lindquist was one of the first orthodontists trained at Indiana University,” said Dr. Roberts. “As the teacher of both Jim Baldwin and Charles Burstone, John Lindquist was my biomechanics ‘grandfather’.  He worked to advance our specialty in many ways, including playing an important role in the history and evolution of edgewise orthodontics.  I am not sure there is a precedent for the broad influence that Dr. Lindquist had on orthodontics:  R&D, manufacturing, private practice, clinical standards and political leadership.”

As an AAO board member and president, Dr. Lindquist was noted for his strong leadership capabilities.  Dr. Terry Pracht, AAO president for 2004-05 and current chairman of the AAO Insurance Company, also developed a friendship with Dr. Lindquist and enjoyed learning from him.

“When I was first elected as a Director of the GLAO during the early 1980s, John was a relatively new AAO Trustee for our constituent organization,” says Dr. Pracht. “He did an excellent job of bringing us all of the important issues and worked with us on developing resolutions to the AAO House of Delegates.  He was a great orthodontist, leader and friend.”

Dr. Lindquist’s funeral took place on November 3. In lieu of flowers, his requested memorial contributions to the AAO Foundation or to the Mayo Clinic. Online condolences may be shared by visiting

View Dr. Lindquist’s Obituary

Nov. 20, 2018

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The Practice Opportunities & Careers site is no longer active; however, it will remain open through the end of December for existing users to access their seeker profiles, inactive opportunities, or messages.
Please visit the AAO Career Center at to search or post job opportunities, locum tenens, practices and equipment for sale, and office space for rent or lease. Registering as an employer or seeker can be completed in just a few minutes by following these steps:

The Practice Opportunities & Careers site is no longer active; however, it will remain open through the end of December for existing users to access their seeker profiles, inactive opportunities, or messages.

Please visit the AAO Career Center at to search or post job opportunities, locum tenens, practices and equipment for sale, and office space for rent or lease. Registering as an employer or seeker can be completed in just a few minutes by following these steps:

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.

Welcoming more than 47 million visitors per year, the LA hospitality industry is eager to help visitors from every part of the world enjoy the city. Plan to take some time during your stay to enjoy the LA experience. Our suggestions include:

Famous Pacific beaches. Whether you like sunbathing, surfing, people-watching, playing or a unique cultural experience, LA beaches have something for everyone:
- Visit laid-back and friendly Malibu (west of LA) to access Zuma Beach and Malibu Lagoon State Beach, known as “Surfrider Beach” for its waves.
- At renowned Venice Beach, waves and sand are surrounded by an artistically oriented, bohemian-style town;
- Iconic Santa Monica State Beach offers a unique combination of sand, sea and mountain views with walking and biking paths.

Tours of television and movie studios. Popular studios include:
- Universal Studios LA, which is both a theme park and a working studio offering tours of sets;
- Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, which offers visits to sound stages, sets and back lot streets. Some of the many popular television shows produced by the studio include “Friends,” “The Gilmore Girls” and “Big Bang Theory.”

 ● Unique and classic LA sites. Some of the most famous LA destinations include:
- The Hollywood Walk of Fame, the legendary Hollywood sidewalk emblazoned with stars and celebrity names;
- Santa Monica Pier, a well-known seaside destination featuring amusement park rides, shops and restaurants as well as an aquarium;
- Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, renowned for its upscale shopping and frequented by celebrities;
- Sunset Boulevard, an iconic, 22-mile road long known for vibrant nightlife and famous landmarks;
- Disneyland. The first Disney theme park now offers eight themed "lands" with rides, shows and costumed characters;
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, with its world-renowned visual arts collection (locations in Los Angeles and Malibu).

Annual Session tours will include visits to some popular LA destinations. Watch your in-box for an eBulletin announcing that Annual Session tour registration has opened.

● Learn more about Los Angeles.

Learn about the 2019 Annual Session Doctors Scientific Program.

Register for Annual Session and make hotel reservations.*

* After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to reserve your hotel accommodations.
Nov. 5, 2018

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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 topics such as 3D printing/in-house aligners, finishing, sleep apnea, retention/lingual orthodontics and impacted canines/missing teeth. Two half-day lecture series will focus on pre-adolescent treatment.
Highlights of the Doctors Scientific Program will include the 2019 Salzmann, Angle and Mershon lectures:
Jacob A. Salzmann Lecture
Dr. Hugo De Clerck will present the 2019 Salzmann Lecture, “Miniplate Skeletal Anchorage: An Update and New Perspectives.” A frequent lecturer at orthodontic meetings worldwide, Dr. De Clerck was formerly a professor and Chairperson at the Department of Orthodontics at the Universite Catholique de Louvain. He is now an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and maintains a private practice in Brussels, Belgium. His research interests include skeletal anchorage, biomechanics and orthopedics, with his most recent publications in the AJO-DO having addressed bone-anchored maxillary protraction.

Edward H. Angle Lecture
Dr. Peter Buschang will present the 2019 Angle Lecture, “30 Years of Achievements - Our Proudest Moments.” An anthropologist with a PhD degree, Dr. Buschang is Regents Professor and director of orthodontic research at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, where he has taught since 1988. He has published over 260 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters, and several books, with his achievements having garnered honorary memberships in both the AAO and the Edward H. Angle Society. Dr. Buschang has also given past Annual Session lectures and presented an AAO webinar (view his archived lectures).

John Valentine Mershon Lecture 
The 2019 Mershon lecture will be given by Dr. Greg Huang, who is a professor and Chair of the Orthodontic Department at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Huang will present, “Results from the National Dental PBRN Adult Anterior Openbite Study.” 

Dr. Huang led the AAO Practice Based Research Network Committee (AAO-PBRN), formed in 2013 to encourage orthodontic research in network settings, especially in the National Dental Practice Based Research Network (National Dental PBRN). The adult anterior openbite study was the first project to be approved and the AAO began recruiting member participants in 2015. At the 2018 Annual Session, Dr. Huang presented information about orthodontists and patients participating in the openbite study, as described in a current article in The Angle Orthodontist. His 2019 Annual Session lecture will include results of the study.

* Click here for schedule information for the Doctors Scientific Program as well as the Collaborative Concepts for Doctors and Team and Orthodontic Team programs.
Nov. 5, 2018

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