Welcome to the AAO Foundation!

The mission of the AAO Foundation is to advance the orthodontic specialty by supporting quality education and research that leads to excellence in patient care.

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Breaking News Alert for AAO Members:

The AAO supports the recommendation from White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah L. Birx to postpone any elective dentistry for the next two weeks – through the end of March.

The AAO office will be working remotely in response to this announcement as well.

There is a resource center now available on the AAO website where members can view answers to frequently asked questions, find resources for your practice and access office closure guidelines.

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The Facts

The AAO Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Association of Orthodontists, provides support to orthodontic education programs and orthodontic research.

$13.8 Million Amount of Funding Provided Since 1994
255 Fellowship Awards Supported
279 Research Awards Supported
100+ Published Articles & Abstracts
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Continued Commitment to the Specialty®

With our Continued Commitment to the Specialty® program, you can donate to the AAOF and designate exactly how your funds will be spent, from research to administration.

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AAOF Craniofacial Growth Legacy Collection Project

The AAOF Craniofacial Growth Legacy Collection Project joins together nine of the eleven known collections of longitudinal craniofacial growth records in the United States and Canada.

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In the News

AAOF Rapid Assessment of Evidence cases published in the AJO-DO.

Assessment Request

A request was submitted by a member for an assessment by the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation Rapid Assessment of Evidence (RAE) Committee to determine the “reliability” of the Dental Monitoring (DM) product (Dental Monitoring, Paris, France). Specifically, the requestor indicated that the company claimed that “DM is the most innovative help to aligner treatment in at least 10 years. The true revolution is in finally providing doctors with a measurable way to monitor their patients' aligners.” The specific question posed was, “How reliable are dental monitoring devices?”




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2020 Fall Newsletter

The AAOF continues work to meet our mission, even in times of uncertainty. See what we've been up to.

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2021 Awards Application Materials Available

2021 Awards Materials are now available online. Deadline is November 13, 2020 by 5:00 pm CST.

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2019 Year In Review

Because of your support, 2019 was a big year for AAOF. We've published our Year in Review in an electronic version this year, but if you'd like a printed version please contact us.

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AAOF Award Recipient and Planning and Awards Review Committee (PARC) Member Takes Leadership Role with National Dental Practice-Based Research Network

Dr. Veerasathpurush "Sath" Allareddy has been named National Director of Specialty Engagement by the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN).

 "I am very thankful to you, the AAO, and AAOF for your continued support to the National Dental PBRN. The pilot study funded by AAOF was pivotal for me to make engagement with the National Dental PBRN and this paved the way for me to be selected to serve as the National Director of Specialty Engagement." - Dr. Veerasathpurush "Sath" Allareddy


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Awards Program

AAOF has provided $13.8 million in grant funding, primarily in support of Junior Faculty. View our Award Funding History here. Deadline for the 2021 Awards Cycle is November 13, 2020.

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