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What is the CAO?

The California Association of Orthodontists (CAO) is the Californian component of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)—the largest and oldest dental specialty organization. The CAO represents nearly 1,500 orthodontic members who practice in California. CAO members are specialists who have completed dental school and then successfully completed 2–3 years of additional training at an accredited orthodontic residency program. Our members are experts in diagnosing and treating all orthodontic problems in patients of all ages—from child to adult. Whether you are considering clear aligners or traditional braces, orthodontists have the training, the expertise, and the treatment options to make sure you get your best smile. Why trust your smile to anything less than a specialist?

News

California Passes Dental Law Regarding Self-Applied Orthodontic Treatments

The California Association of Orthodontists proudly worked alongside our parent organization to advocate for the health and well-being of all consumers of orthodontic services, in particular, those receiving care within our great state. The fundamental protections provided by AB 1519 are critical to patient safety. By extending the well established standard of care to any organization providing dental services, regardless of how it is provided, those seeking treatment in California will have equal opportunity to receive the safe and appropriate treatment they deserve. We look forward to the bill taking effect on January 1, 2020. Read the full article here.

CAO on Social Media

THERE ARE up to 10 million bacteria that live on human hands, so it's important to avoid transferring those to your teeth, especially right now during cold and flu season! #handwashingawarenessweek ...

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DON'T FIDGET WITH your retainer! Moving it with your tongue or constantly taking it out can damage the retainer, harm your teeth, or cause bacteria to build up on the device! 😬🚫 ...

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FAMILY, FOOD, AND FLOSS are keeping us going this Thanksgiving. Amidst all the holiday fun, don't forget what's important: brushing and flossing! 😃👍 ...

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WE'VE GOT our eyes on the pies 🥧 and can't wait for Thanksgiving! We definitely have food on our mind and want to remind you to avoid corn on the cob, apples, and carrots. 🌽🍎🥕 ...

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MAKE SURE TO AVOID chewing on pens or pencils! ✏️ Although this small habit may be tempting, it can also damage braces! 😬 ...

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CAN’T SEEM TO SHAKE your chronic headaches? ⚡️It may be the sign of an unresolved dental issue. ...

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DID YOU KNOW diabetes can increase risk of periodontal disease, which if advanced can case teeth to shift and loosen by compromising the supporting structures around them. These orthodontic problems can be prevented by managing diabetes and scheduling regular dental appointments. #diabetesawarenessmonth ...

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DESPITE WHAT YOU may think, wearing extra elastics will NOT speed up orthodontic treatment, it could actually harm your teeth further! Make sure to only wear you elastics in the way your orthodontist prescribed! ...

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YOU ALMOST FORGOT! There’s still time to use your insurance benefits so make an appointment with your orthodontist today and they’ll get you taken care of! ...

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IT'S NATIONAL BRUSH DAY! We think it's one of the most important days of the year, so in honor we want to ask, did you brush twice today? 😃🦷👍 ...

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WISHING YOU A HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We hope your Halloween is full of spooky and fun memories with friends and family! 👻🎃☠️ ...

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It’s Orthodontic Health Month, and we have SPOOKTACULAR NEWS! 👻 Not all Halloween candy is off-limits for braces-wearers! Candies that melt in the mouth (such as soft chocolates and peanut butter cups) are great alternatives! 🍫 ...

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This is our pledge. #nationalbullyingpreventionmonth #antibullying #aao #cao #orthodontics ...

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THE BEST WAY TO CELEBRATE Orthodontic Health Month is by flossing, wearing your elastics, and smiling your way to straighter, healthier teeth! 😀👍🦷 ...

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7 in 10 Americans admit to feeling self-conscious about their teeth and 57% of Americans cover their mouths when they laugh due to insecurity over their teeth. We, as orthodontists, care and strive to make a difference. #nationalbullyingpreventionmonth #antibullying #aao #cao #orthodontics ...

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Over the years, teeth have often been reported as a main feature targeted by bullies. AAO challenged its 19,000 member orthodontists to come together in the fight against bullying. We are pledging to stand for the silent and encouraging all others to do the same. #nationalbullyingpreventionmonth #antibullying #aao #cao ...

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IT'S ORTHODONTIC HEALTH MONTH and we want everyone to know! We love a month dedicated to keeping your teeth aligned and lookin' fine! ...

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NEED SOMETHING A LITTLE healthier than smoothies or ice cream after an adjustment? Try something like fish or steamed veggies. 🐟🥦🥕These are just a few nutrient-dense foods that are great for sore teeth! ...

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HERE'S A BRACES HACK: try choosing darker, bolder bracket ties to make your teeth appear bright white! 😀👍 ...

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DO YOU KNOW how to properly apply orthodontic wax❓ First, dry the area of irritation with a cotton swab, then roll up a small ball of wax and apply it to the bracket that's causing a problem—so easy! 😀👍#orthodontics #braces #hack ...

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