American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)

Orthodontic Dentistry

This is your AAO. The AAO is you. Around the globe, there are people just like you working every day to ensure the highest level of orthodontic care. Practitioners, educators, staff, and students, leading, learning, and advocating. Together, we can advance our specialty. And we’d love to have you join us. Across the AAO, members have stepped up to take a leadership role in our efforts to move the practice of orthodontics forward. They are serving regionally and nationally, to educate the public, fight for you, and stand up for patient health. Everything we do is measured based on core values. As a member, you’ll feel these values at work every day, in the programs we offer, the activities we invite you to join, and the growth opportunities we create.

We believe that diversity is a strength. Ensuring the involvement of our diverse membership will make the AAO stronger and more cohesive. We are committed to drawing on the differences in who we are, our experiences, and how we think to better serve and represent our organization, our members, our communities, and our patients.

The mission of the American Association of Orthodontists is to advance our members’ success through education, advocacy, and research that drive excellence in patient care. Promote and defend our specialty. Engage and delight our members. Drive transformation and innovation. Our vision is to create a place where all members feel valued and included by embracing the differences between people and creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection—where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are celebrated.

Our Core Values include:

-Our members come first.

-We are inclusive.

-We are data-driven.

-We seek active engagement.

-We are ethical.