Mission Purpose and Charge

Develop and conduct educational programs, seminars and conferences to assist orthodontists and their staffs in developing improved patient care, management and delivery systems for the benefit of their patients;


  • Business of Orthodontics – Topics include the core competencies of Finance, Legal, Practice Strategies/Management/Human Resources, Risk Management, Marketing and Career Paths.
  • Doctor and Staff – Clinical and business topics

Practice Transition Seminar

  • All day seminar held traditionally on the Friday immediately preceding Annual Session
  • The purpose is to provide a basic understanding of what is involved in successful transitions for both buyers and sellers
  • Expert speakers are invited to speak  at the seminar on a variety of topics
  • Practice transition consultants, practice management consultants, legal experts, practitioners

Establish and maintain data on such matters as orthodontic office plans and designs, office procedures and practice arrangements, associations, transitions and dispositions

  • Practice Transition Seminar Pre-Annual Session
  • Office Design Manual located on the  AAO website
  • Office design webinar located on the AAO’s Online Lecture Site

Address clinical and management problems that might arise due to orthodontic materials, devices, equipment and/or systems; and develop programs to assist orthodontists and their staffs to satisfy regulatory requirements, and to develop recommended strategies to initiate changes in these regulations, where indicated, which will be referred to the Board of Trustees for referral to the appropriate council.

  • Orthodontic Staff Club
  • Staff oriented webinars (Annual OSHA webinar)

Ongoing Projects

  • Practice Opportunities and Careers Program – managed by AAO Staff
  • Resident Vitals Presentations for Orthodontic Residency Programs – managed by AAO Staff
  • Practice Management Forms – located on the AAO website
  • Orthodontic Staff Club

Responsibilities of all Council Representatives:

  •  Two year terms with a maximum of 3 terms (6 years); Terms begin at end of the AAO Annual Meeting.
  •  Provides reports and communicates actions to the constituent organization
  •  Is automatically a director on the NESO Board of Directors and has the responsibility to attend the NESO Ad-interim (March) and the Board meeting just prior to the NESO Annual Meeting in the fall.
  •  Represents the needs and interests of the members of the entire AAO organization
  •  Attends Council meetings and conference calls. There is usually one face-to-face meeting in St. Louis during a fiscal year.
  •  Actively participates in Council discussions and in sub-committee work
  •  Utilizes AAO electronic tools to facilitate discussion and communications
  •  Working knowledge of AAO’s strategic plan and understands the council’s goals, outcomes and measurements