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COVID-19 Resource CENTER

COVID-19 Resource Center

The impact of COVID-19 on your orthodontic practice continues to evolve. The AAO is committed to helping you navigate these changes, so you can focus on your patients, your staff, and your loved ones.

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Questions about COVID-19 and your practice?

The AAO is here to help you with your concerns and questions about the Coronavirus.

CDC Guidance for Dental Settings

The Centers for Disease Control regularly updates its Guidance for Dental Settings. Please review the current guidance to see how to implement the recommendations into your practice.

AAO Statement on WHO Guidance to Delay Routine Dental Care

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is aware of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) interim guidance recommending the delay of routine dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19.

AAO members have been responsible professionals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They closed their practices, except for emergencies, at the beginning of the outbreak. The WHO interim guidance speaks to following “official recommendations at the national, sub-national or local level.” This is exactly what AAO members have done.

When national, state, and local government experts declared it safe for orthodontists to reopen their offices, AAO members did so with the health and safety of their staff and their patients at the forefront. AAO members are following all guidance including the use of PPE, social distancing, and taking extra safety precautions for procedures that use aerosols. Further, the AAO created a COVID-19 Task Force to empanel a group of experts to focus on the science and safety so that we could educate our members on the best practices. This Task Force will continue to meet, and confer to ensure that science guides safe orthodontic treatment.