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How We Got Started

Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization.  It represents nearly 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.  The Association encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment.

Learn more about the Mission and History of the AAO

AAO is 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.