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Advocacy Efforts

Standing up for you and your practice every day.

Across the country, volunteers from the AAO work tirelessly to protect the interests of orthodontists and their patients, to ensure the quality of care and help practitioners build strong, sustainable businesses.

Direct-to-Consumer Orthodontic Treatment

Direct-to-Consumer Orthodontic Treatment

There’s a lot of misleading marketing out there, under a variety of brand names, about orthodontic treatment without direct orthodontist supervision. The AAO believes that this is not in the best interest of patient health and safety.

Learn the AAO’s approach to DTC orthodontics.


Student Loan Reform

Student Loan Reform

It’s a fact you know all too well. Orthodontists graduate with an average of $365,000 in student debt. We are continuously working with Congress and others to bring broader refinancing options and lower loan rates and fees to orthodontists.

See our approach to student debt.

Ongoing Regulatory Reform

Ongoing Regulatory Reform

We are on the front lines to protect you and your patients. Healthcare and small business reforms are always in the news, and the AAO is committed to ensuring orthodontists are never left out of the conversation. From making it easy for your patients to pay, to lowering your taxes and improving health coverage options, we’re on your side.

Learn about our regulatory efforts.

Join the AAO.

Experience the advantage our supportive community can bring to your practice, your career, and your life.
Explore the benefits of membership.

The AAO Political Action Committee.

Learn about the AAO Political Action Committee – formed to protect the future of the specialty by giving orthodontists a stronger voice in the federal government.

Let your voice be heard.

From the AAO PAC which works at the federal level, to state legal support groups, the AAO is working hard to make sure your interests are represented, and concerns are heard in government.