The AAO congratulates the winners of the 2022 American Association of Orthodontists Supplier of the Year Awards:  Align Technology (Gold), WildSmiles Braces (Silver) and Smile Doctors (Bronze).

Supplier of the Year honors are awarded based on a priority points system, earned by AAO meeting exhibits, event sponsorships at meetings, publication advertising and sponsorship of online learning opportunities.* This year’s honorees will be recognized during the 2023 AAO Winter Conference, scheduled January 27-29 in Las Vegas. Registration is now open to members and suppliers.

“The Supplier of the Year program is intended to recognize and thank companies and organizations that support the AAO through activities such as exhibiting at our meetings and advertising in our publications,” said AAO Chief Executive Officer Lynne Thomas Gordon. “We are delighted to have so much interest from the corporate community that provides our members with products and services. The three 2022 award winners provided extraordinary support to the AAO during the 2021-22 fiscal year and are loyal exhibitors every year, helping our members learn about options for patient treatment and practice management.” 

2022 AAO Gold Sponsor:  Align Technology
The Gold Sponsor supplier award goes to the company that earned 11 or more priority points during the last fiscal year and has the highest overall point balance. The company must have exhibited at the AAO Annual Session every year for the last five years.

Align Technology, Inc. (“Align”) (Nasdaq: ALGN) is a leading global medical device company that designs, manufactures, and sells the Invisalign® system of clear aligners, iTero™ intraoral scanners, and exocad™ CAD/CAM software for digital orthodontics and restorative dentistry. The company has pledged $1 million over five years in support of the AAO Foundation, of which it is a Platinum Corporate Sponsor.   

2022 AAO Silver Sponsor:  WildSmiles Braces
The Silver Sponsor supplier award goes to the company that earned between 6 and 10 priority points during the last fiscal year and has the highest overall point balance among suppliers in that group. The company must have exhibited at the AAO Annual Session every year for the last five years.

WildSmiles’ Disney, Signature, and College bracket designs let patients mix, match, and pair with colored elastics to turn their orthodontic correction into the ultimate braces experience. WildSmiles is a corporate supporter of the AAO Foundation.

2022 AAO Bronze Sponsor:  Smile Doctors
The Bronze Sponsor supplier award goes to a company that has joined the AAO exhibiting community within the last three years; has exhibited at Annual Session all three years; and has the highest priority point balance of all companies that have come on board as AAO exhibitors during the last three years.

The largest orthodontic-focused dental support organization (OSO) in the United States, Smile Doctors has more than 340 locations in 25 states and a history of developing affiliated practices by providing tools and technology that allow their orthodontists to focus entirely on patient care.

Suppliers: Reach AAO Members during the Coming Year (subhead)
Online resources can help suppliers begin to identify ways to reach AAO members that will best meet their needs. For more information, visit:
2023 Winter Conference Exhibits and Sponsorships

2023 Annual Session Exhibits and Sponsorships

For more information about sponsorships, contact Elizabeth Cordes at ecordes@aaortho.org.

Advertising information will be updated for 2023 later this fall; however, options will be similar to those listed in the 2022 Advertising Media Kit. For more information, contact ad sales representative Jim Shavel at jim@ssmediasol.com.

* The Supplier of the Year awards program is not intended as an endorsement of any company’s products or services. It is simply a recognition of support provided to the AAO by the companies, which helps the AAO maintain, update and add to programs, resources and services for members without frequent increases in dues.