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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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. Kevin O’Brien of Manchester, United Kingdom has accepted an invitation to give the lecture and will present, “Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant: A Retrospective on Bill Proffit.”

Dr. O’Brien is a professor of orthodontics at the University of Manchester Health Science Center, where he received his dental degree and completed the orthodontic residency program. He also lectures internationally and is an active researcher who has published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed publications. In addition, he publishes Kevin O’Brien’s Orthodontic Blog, which is read internationally and focuses on scientific topics and discussion pertinent to the specialty.

Enjoy rich learning experiences at the 2019 Annual Session, May 3-7 in Los Angeles, the center of the U.S. film and television industry. Share the excitement of ticketed special events at renowned venues, including:

Opening Ceremonies at the Microsoft Theatre. The music and theatre venue in downtown Los Angeles holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States;
The International Reception (open to all registrants) will take place on The Terrace at L.A. Live, a modern, outdoor mezzanine known for its views of downtown Los Angeles and the iconic Hollywood sign. The Terrace is located on the rooftop of the Iconic GRAMMY Museum® L.A. Live. The museum pays tribute to American musical heritage and is a space where all aspects of music are experienced, explored and celebrated.
The AAO Celebration at Microsoft Square L.A. LIVE, LA’s sports and live entertainment district surrounding the STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater.

Watch your in-box for a notification on November 5 that Annual Session registration has opened. Lecture information - including the Doctors Scientific Program, Collaborative Concepts for Doctors & Team and the Orthodontic Team Program – will also be available.
Nov. 2, 2018

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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 previously the Iowa Dental Board had considered removing its specialty advertising regulations altogether.
The Board’s vote marked the final chapter of the AAO’s work in the state on the specialty advertising issue. Thanks to the AAO’s Component Legal Support Fund, the AAO has worked with the Iowa Dental Board since 2017 to revise, rather than remove, Iowa’s specialty advertising laws.

AAO Attorney Sean Murphy attended the September 28 meeting with Dr. Marc Welge and Dr. Tom Stark.  Both Mr. Murphy and Dr. Stark provided comments to the Board in favor of Iowa retaining its specialty advertising laws.  The AAO’s and Iowa orthodontists’ long-term efforts paid off as the Board voted in favor of retaining Iowa’s specialty advertising laws.
The AAO Component Legal Support Fund, established by a vote of the 2015 House of Delegates, provides grants to component organizations to assist with state legal and legislative issues that impact orthodontic practices.  To date, the CLSF is assisting over 20 components with their issues, which primarily involve specialty advertising.
Please note, every orthodontist (as a citizen of and licensed dental provider in his or her state) and orthodontic patient has the right, independently and individually, to express his or her opinion on any dental issue to his or her state dental board and elected officials. If you feel so compelled, you may contact your state’s dental board. Contact information for state dental boards can be found by clicking  here.   

Oct. 23, 2018

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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 from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed the orthodontic residency program at Boston University. He served as a captain in the Army Dental Corps from 1966 to 1968 and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1975.

After entering orthodontic practice in East Providence, Rhode Island and South Attleboro, Massachusetts, Dr. George became active in organized dentistry and orthodontics.  Joining the AAO Board of Trustees in 1999 as the representative from NESO, he was a member of numerous AAO councils, committees and task forces. His presidency culminated with the 2009 AAO Annual Session in Boston.

In addition, Dr. George was president of the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists (NESO), the Rhode Island Dental Society, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, the East Component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists and the AAO Foundation. He served on the AAO Insurance Company Board of Directors from 2005-2018. 

A guest lecturer at many orthodontic departments, including those at Tufts, Harvard University, Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. George also lectured at numerous meetings in the United States, Canada and Mexico on surgical orthodontics, functional appliance therapy and temporomandibular disorders. He co-authored two articles that appeared in the AJO-DO.

The Massachusetts Association of Orthodontists presented the Frederick M. Moynihan Memorial Award to Dr. George for his dedicated service and outstanding contributions to the field of orthodontics.

Dr. George’s funeral took place on October 20 at St. George’s Maronite Catholic Church, 1493 Cranston Street in Cranston, Rhode Island.  In lieu of flowers, his family requested memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Oct. 23, 2018

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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 of certain issues since the HOD meeting that took place in May in Washington, D.C. during the 2018 Annual Session.

The virtual HOD meeting is open to all interested AAO members. If you are not a current delegate or alternate delegate and would like to receive dial-in instructions for the virtual HOD meeting, please contact Lisa Chandler (
Delegates are those leaders who were elected at fall constituent meetings as either delegates or alternates. Preferably, virtual HOD participants will be the same leaders who will attend the 2019 HOD, which will take place May 3 and May 6 in Los Angeles in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Session.

* The virtual meeting of the House of Delegates is mandated by policy to occur annually.
Oct. 23, 2018

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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.”

Attendees will receive a wealth of information about diagnosis and management of sleep-disordered breathing issues, especially pediatric and adult obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), pediatric airway development, and OSA relative to orthodontic practice. Experts representing multiple disciplines will engage attendees with in-depth presentations on aspects of the conference topic, with the intimate conference format making possible detailed discussion with lecturers.

Among the 20 dental and medical specialists presenting lectures will be:

Timothy F. Hoban, BS, MD - (“OSA in Children: More Than Just Large Tonsils”);
Carlos Flores-Mir, DDS, DSc, FRCD(C) - (“Relevant Useful Tools for Screening for Sleep Disordered Breathing”);
Benjamin Pliska, DDS, MS, FRCD(C) - (“Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The Orthodontic Perspective/Q&A Discussion).”

Drs. Hoban, Flores-Mir and Pliska make up the Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea series of the conference. This portion of the program will address the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of obstructive sleep apnea in children, including how they differ from the adult population. Established, alternative, and promising methods of treatment will be discussed. Recognition of symptoms of sleep apnea in children and how they differ from those exhibited by adults will also be addressed, along with evaluation of benefits and limitations of the major treatment options for childhood OSA.

- 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.)
Oct. 18, 2018

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