Serving members through all stages.
The AAO provides countless tools – marketing tips, legal and advocacy resources, online lectures and more – all to
advance the success of our members and drive excellence in patient care. Explore membership types below.
Strength in numbers.
By being an AAO member, you can play a part in presenting a unified voice that advocates for the profession and preserves the orthodontic specialty. And the larger our organization gets, the stronger we are in our ability to support orthodontists and advocate for the health and safety of orthodontic patients.
We’ve got your back.
Advocacy + Legal
Meetings + Events
We fight for you.
The AAO advocates on your behalf to lawmakers throughout North America, including at the federal and state/provincial level. We lead the dialogue and promote issues that are important to you.
We help enhance your expertise.
Stay at the top of your profession and maintain your continuing education (CE) requirements with our custom, curated clinical and business content designed for doctors and orthodontic team members.
We've got you covered.
Coverage from the AAO Insurance Company is created specifically for the orthodontist’s needs. From professional liability to business and individual needs, we can help give you peace of mind with a customized policy only available to members of the AAO.
We promote you.
The Consumer Awareness Program (CAP) is your digital voice; a voice that is working to raise awareness among consumers about the benefits of orthodontic treatment provided by you, the specialists.
We bring you together.
We bring the global orthodontic community together to celebrate the art and science of orthodontics. Connect with peers, learn from diverse speakers, and view the latest in clinical and practice innovations.
We help you save.
Through our endorsements and discounts we help members save on office resources, staff development, student loan refinancing and more. Our endorsed programs provide not only discounted rates but also the assurance that companies are reliable.
“Our association is only as strong as its membership. That is the core of our future.”
“I don’t see orthodontics as having borders…we need to be unified as a specialty.”
“The biggest reason to become a member is because we need to hear our voice…”
Fresh off the wire:
Over Half of Annual Session Speakers New to AAO Meetings
The 2020 Annual Session ( May 1-4 in Atlanta, Georgia) promises to be uniquely interesting, maintaining the meeting’s traditional world-class quality while introducing new speakers and new elements from the lecture halls to the Exhibit Hall and everywhere in between.
Winter Conference to Highlight Research, Clinical Processes for Advancing Treatment of Openbite Patients
Join 20 expert speakers who will address treatment of patients with anterior open bite during the 2020 Winter Conference, February 7-9 in Austin, Texas.
AAO Advocacy in Washington Sate Comes to a Successful Conclusion
The AAO has achieved the desired outcome of advocacy in Washington State on supervision of dental hygienists assigned orthodontic tasks.
New AAO Committee on Conferences Seeks Nominations
The 2020 AAO Board of Trustees is issuing a call to members to consider joining the newly forming Committee on Conferences (CCon). Working alongside AAO Staff, CCon members will ensure that all AAO events engage and delight our membership, while providing the most advanced education available.
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