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From 5’3” with Braces to Varsity Basketball

As long as your retainer doesn’t hurt and still fits over your teeth, you can wear it – even if it feels tight. Your teeth may have slightly shifted, and you may need to wear your retainer longer each day to prevent your teeth from moving.

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When Should My Child See an Orthodontist? Age 7.

Educating parents about the importance of early orthodontic intervention and taking children to see an orthodontist by age seven is part of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) new Consumer Awareness Program campaign. “When Should Your Child See an Orthodontist?” is the second video in the Straight Talk series. In the latest video, Dr. Larry Wang, an AAO … Continued

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Mail Order Orthodontics – This Week’s Worst Impulse Buy

Which is the worst impulse buy: mail-order orthodontics, a hot air balloon kit, or a do-it-yourself in-ground pool? The game show contestant makes the right choice in “Impulse Buy,” the video that addresses risks associated with mail-order orthodontics and the importance of seeing an AAO orthodontist for treatment.  It sounds almost too good to be true: … Continued

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Annual Session Attendees Chose New Products Showcase Award Winners 

For Immediate Release    ST. LOUIS, May 2, 2023 – The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural AAO New Products Showcase Awards. Of 17 entries, DM Insights from Dental Monitoring was named Best in Show, Spark Aligner’s Integrated Hooks from ORMCO placed second, and the Slate Electric Flosser from … Continued


What Can I Eat with Braces

What Can I Eat with Braces? Give up gummy bears? Put away the popcorn? No more nuts? If you’re thinking about getting braces or have already decided to improve your smile, you likely have concerns about what foods you can and can’t eat. Good news: there are tons of foods that are “braces-friendly” that you … Continued


Plan Now, Save Throughout the Year

This may seem like an odd time of year to discuss HSA/FSA funds, but at the AAO, we think this could be the MOST appropriate time to talk about it. And more importantly, you do not have to wait.


Healthy You in 2022

As a part of looking healthy and with the understanding that on-camera meetings are here to stay, you may be curious about straightening your teeth.


Broken Brackets Don’t Know it’s a Holiday Break

Warning! All parents, you are now officially entering the “School Break Zone.” This time of year, of course, brings family gatherings, parties, and treats! It’s hard to turn away from the ooey-gooey treats which is why your American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) member wants you to be prepared if an orthodontic emergency happens in your … Continued


Celebrate Halloween with the Right Kind of Candy

It’s OCTOBER! For most or all of us, this month begins with the weather changing, drinking pumpkin spice latte’s, and of course, Halloween! But for your orthodontist, it’s also a month to recognize their patient’s beautiful, healthy smile in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month. This is a perfect time to review a few helpful … Continued


How Orthodontics Works: Braces

Successful orthodontic treatment depends on three things – pressure, time and cooperation. Braces put pressure on teeth to gradually move them into the correct position over time.