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Mission & History | AAO Members

Mission:

The American Association of Orthodontists is a professional association of educationally qualified orthodontic specialists dedicated to:
 
  • Ethically advancing the art and science of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics worldwide.
  • Improving the health of the public by promoting quality orthodontic care, the importance of overall oral healthcare, and advocating for the public interest.
  • Educating the public about the benefits of orthodontic treatment and the educational qualifications of orthodontic specialists.
  • Supporting AAO members in the practice of orthodontics.

Purposes:

  1. To promote the highest standards of excellence in orthodontic education and practice.
  2. To encourage and sponsor research to advance the science and art of orthodontics
  3. To educate the public about the benefits of orthodontic treatment.
  4. To provide advocacy and services that benefit the members’ pursuit of professional success.
     

History:

Read these articles on the history of orthodontics and the dental specialty of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
 
Orthodontics In 3 Millennia.
Reproduced from American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Vol. 127, Number 2, Wahl, Norman, “Orthodontics in 3 millennia. Chapter 1: Antiquity to the mid-19th century,” pages 255-259, © 2005 with permission from The American Association of Orthodontists. 
 
Reproduced from American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Vol. 127, Number 4, Wahl, Norman, “Orthodontics in 3 millennia. Chapter 2: Entering the modern era,” pages 510-515, © 2005 with permission from The American Association of Orthodontists. 
 
Reproduced from American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Vol. 127, Number 6, Wahl, Norman, “Orthodontics in 3 millennia. Chapter 3: The professionalization of orthodontics,” pages 749-753, © 2005 with permission from The American Association of Orthodontists. 
 
Reproduced from American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Vol. 128, Number 2, Wahl, Norman, “Orthodontics in 3 millennia. Chapter 4: The professionalization of orthodontics (concluded),” pages 252-257, © 2005 with permission from The American Association of Orthodontists. 
 
Reproduced from The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics; Milton B. Asbell, D.D.S., M.Sc., M.A.; “A Brief History of Orthodontics,” August 1990, Vol. 98, Number 2, pp. 176-183 and September 1990 Vol. 98, Number 3, pp. 206-213, with permission from Mosby-Year Book, Inc.