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American Association of Orthodontist

About AAO

Your smile is special. Trust your healthy, beautiful smile to the specialist: an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Orthodontists are the experts in providing healthy, beautiful smiles for patients of all ages. Orthodontists receive two-to-three years of additional education at an accredited orthodontic residency program after graduating from dental school. Only those with this level of formal education are entitled to call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are accepted for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

AAO members are gifted and highly educated specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws. Whether you are considering clear aligners or traditional braces, orthodontists have the training, the experience and the treatment options to make sure you get your best smile.

Proper orthodontic treatment can contribute to lifelong dental health and well as provide an enhanced appearance.

Our website, www.mylifemysmile.org, helps prospective patients understand the importance and life-changing benefits of orthodontics for all patients: children, teenagers, young adults, middle-aged men and women, and seniors. You’ll find information on treatment options, how to find an AAO-member orthodontist in your area, information on what to expect during treatment and much more. Today’s patients are taking advantage of the technological innovations and simplified patient experience that distinguishes today’s care by the uniquely qualified orthodontic specialists who are members of the American Association of Orthodontists. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised as you explore this site.

The American Association of Orthodontists was created in 1900. Only doctors who graduate from dental school and who go on to successfully complete the rigorous course of study in orthodontics an accredited orthodontic residency program are accepted for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists. We represent 18,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The American Association of Orthodontists is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment. We are here to help answer any questions you may have. Explore www.mylifemysmile.org or e-mail us at info@aaortho.org.

Want to learn more? Read about the mission and history of orthodontics and the AAO here.