American Association of Orthodontists
– Founded in 1900
– Oldest and largest dental specialty organization
– Represents nearly 19,000 orthodontist members
– Members located in the United States, Canada, and abroad
– Headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri

Orthodontists
– Dental specialists in orthodontic problems
– Completed two to four years of advanced training
– Only those who completed training can call themselves orthodontists
– Only orthodontists can be members of AAO
– Affiliated with the Canadian Association of Orthodontists

Leadership
– Gayle Glenn elected as first female president in 2013
– AAO installs new officers and trustees
Dentistry Today article on new officers and trustee installation
– ASDA Blog article on first female president
– Leadership reflects diversity and progress in the field

Affiliations
– AAO affiliated with the Canadian Association of Orthodontists
– Collaboration and exchange of knowledge between organizations
– Joint efforts to advance orthodontic care
– Promoting international cooperation in the field
– Strengthening the global orthodontic community

External Links
– Official website of AAO
– Member website for AAO
– Authority control databases for AAO
– International affiliations and databases
– National affiliations and databases (e.g., Israel, United States, Czech Republic)

Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the world's oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents nearly 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. All orthodontists are dentists and may simultaneously hold membership in the American Dental Association. Its headquarters are in Creve Coeur, Missouri, near St. Louis.

Orthodontists are dental specialists in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of orthodontic problems who have completed two to four years of advanced training in an accredited orthodontic residency program. Only those dentists who have completed this training may call themselves "orthodontists," and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists.[citation needed]

In 2013 Gayle Glenn was elected as the first female president of the American Association of Orthodontists.

AAO is affiliated with the Canadian Association of Orthodontists.

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