Let us make your life a little easier.
As you practice, we support you and your team with helpful resources and promote the
orthodontic specialty through targeted advocacy and data-driven consumer awareness.
ADVOCACY + LEGAL
We fight for you.
The AAO advocates on your behalf to lawmakers throughout North America. Through the Council on Governmental Affairs and AAO Political Action Committee, we lead the dialogue and promote issues that are important to you and your patients, such as patient health and safety, student debt, small business policy and tax reform.
To date, we have taken action in more than 40 states and provinces in the United States and Canada on a range of issues, including dental specialty advertising and teledentistry. The AAO’s efforts in regards to direct-to-consumer orthodontics have taken a wide-ranging approach, as we strive to protect the health and safety of orthodontic patients, both current and prospective.
In October of 2018, the Ohio State Dental Board referred amendments to its “Dental Specialties Recognition and Advertising Rules” to the Ohio Common Sense Initiative Office (CSI).
Federal Court Dismisses a Majority of SmileDirectClub’s Claims, and Finds that SmileDirectClub’s Digital Scans Constitute the “Practice of Dentistry”
On May 8, 2019, the Court entered an Order dismissing a majority of SmileDirectClub’s claims in the lawsuit. The Court dismissed all of the claims against the Board as an entity, as well as any claims against the Board’s individual members seeking monetary damages.
We promote you to 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.
In an effort to better reach potential patients and/or parents of potential patients in the modern age, the program was retooled to focus on digital marketing, which can reach as broad or as niche an audience as desired. Digital marketing platforms currently being utilized include paid search, website ads, social media outlets, email marketing, online video, and much more.
We help enhance your expertise.
Stay at the top of your profession and maintain your continuing education (CE) requirements with our evidence-based clinical and custom business content designed for doctors and orthodontic team members.
With our online education portal, complete with an integrated CE manager, you can access live and recorded education anytime, anyplace, and on any device. Our recorded lecture archives give you access to over 500 doctor and team clinical lectures, as well as the complimentary Business of Orthodontics series. AAO is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
MEETINGS + EVENTS
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.
Each year, the AAO brings together thousands of professionals from the orthodontic community for two annual meetings: Annual Session and Winter Conference. Combined, these meetings offer over 30 hours of CE with over 250 speakers and lectures covering the newest trends in orthodontics. Save on registration fees with your AAO membership.
We support your practice transition needs. Led by our online job portal, the AAO Career Center, we can help you find or promote practices for sale, partnership and employment opportunities, orthodontic staff positions and more.
Have questions? We’ve got answers.
From joining/renewing to reinstating or transitioning to another member type, read our
membership FAQs to get answers to all your membership-related questions!