AAO Lists Resources for Paperless Office Transitioning and Operations

The AAO has developed the compilation of resources below for the purpose of providing members with a centralized information source on how to make an orthodontic practice paperless, or nearly paperless. Simply click on each item below that is of interest to you.

In addition, watch for the August 2014 Bulletin, which will include a feature section with advice on this topic from Drs. Ed Lin and Anthony Puntillo.

Articles and Blog Posts

AAO Tech Talk Blog

  • Tips and Tricks for the Digital Office, by Dr. Aaron Molen, June 23, 2014
  • The post addresses the convenience and efficiency of using dual monitors to keep imaging software up on one screen and management software up on another, and the uses of “thin clients” (mini-computers).

AAO Tech Talk Blog

AAO Tech Talk Blog


Dental Economics Online

  • Going Paperless, by Dr. Kent Stapley, March 1, 2013
  • The article addresses integrated digital X-rays and digital documents.


  • Paperless is NOT the New Black (September 2013). The article is a compilation of responses from supplier representatives who were asked about the advantages of going paperless, transition tips and practice management software essential features and trends.


  • Electronic Health Records Implementation: AAO Representatives Ensure Orthodontic Inclusion (January 2014)
  • The article explains the EHR mandate that currently affects only providers who are participating in Medicaid and Medicare incentive programs, and also outlines work by the orthodontic specialty to develop thorough orthodontic nomenclature for EHR coding. The nomenclature and orthodontic-specific codes will thus be in place as any future electronic record requirements are implemented that impact larger numbers of orthodontists.

Online Information Compilations


  • Orthodontic Practice Software
  • The Web page includes general information and capabilities of numerous digital practice management software products that are applicable in orthodontic practices.

Orthodontic Products Online

  • Practice Management Software
  • The site’s Practice Management Software hub provides links to Orthodontic Products articles covering dozens of software products for orthodontic practices.

AAO Online Lectures

This Month’s Complimentary Lecture:

Programs Available at AAO Online Lectures:

  • Pay-per-view fee for each lecture listed below is $30. Members who have purchased the annual Online Lectures subscription ($100) and members of the Orthodontic Staff Club may access the lectures at no additional cost. Visit https://www.aaoinfo.org/education and click on Online Lectures.
    • 2014 AAO Webinar – ICD-10-CM Coding Essentials for Orthodontics by Robin Linker, CHCA, CPC-I, CPC-H, CCS-P, MCS-P, CPC-P, CHC (CE Credits: 1.0
    • 2013 Annual Session – Technology Tidbits that can Improve your Practice, by Steven P. McEvoy, BS, MS (CE Credits: 1.5
    • 2012 Annual Session – Paperless Office Technology Pearls, by Lynne C. Fales (CE Credits: 1.5)
    • 2012 Annual Session – Seven Things Your IT Person Should be Doing to Protect Your Practice, by Steven P. McEvoy, BS, MS (CE Credits: 1.5)