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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?

CAO on Social Media

ADVANCEMENTS IN orthodontics have made the use of headgear pretty rare! 😮 It’s still prescribed for some patients, but not as often as it used to be. #headgear #orthodontics #funfact ...

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IT'S MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. Day, and we're celebrating his life and legacy. #mlk #martinlutherkingjr #mlkquote ...

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YOU ARE the most valuable investment you’ll ever make. ⭐#selfcare #bestinvestment #youarevaluable ...

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DON’T WORRY, braces can’t rust. 🚫Just a reminder that the metals used in braces are stainless steel and titanium so they’ll remain rust-free. 👍 #braces #orthodontics #funfacts #rustfree ...

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IF YOU SKIP WEARING YOUR RETAINER, your teeth may shift enough to need braces again! 👎Retain and maintain your beautiful smile! 😁#smile #straightteeth #retainer #maintain #orthodontics ...

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IT'S A NEW YEAR and with our help, we know your smile has a bright future! 😁🔮 #smile #brightfuture #orthodontics ...

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DENTAL IMPRESSIONS have been around for a long time! Surgeons in the 17th century appear to have used sketches or wax models to create appliances to fit patients' mouths. #funfact #dentalimpressions #orthodontics ...

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WE ARE HAPPY to help anyone have their best and brightest smile, even Santa himself. Santa, make sure you brush after all of those cookies this year! 😉🍪#santa #holidayseason #healthysmile #orthodontics ...

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SOME ORTHODONTIC problems are genetic, so everyone should know their family's oral health history to understand their own teeth better! #healthhistory #family #genetics #orthodontics ...

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PEANUT BRITTLE, CARAMEL, and pretzels are just a few holiday foods to avoid with braces. 🥜 Don’t break a bracket this holiday season. 👍#holidayfoods #orthodontics #braces #bracket ...

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WE'VE SEEN this trend going around and want to make it clear that filing your own teeth is very dangerous and will cause permanent damage to the enamel. 🙅🏼🚫#warning #orthodontics #teethtip ...

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WE WANT all of our patients to feel like their smile sleighs and achieve a healthy, confident smile this holiday season. ❄️#smile #confidence #orthodontics #hoidayseason ...

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WHAT SOFT SNACK do you choose after getting your braces tightened? We'd recommend something soft, cold, and delicious!🥤😃 #softfoods #braces #orthodontics #cao ...

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 🦃 This year and every year, we're thankful for you! 🧡#thanksgiving #thankful #cao ...

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IF THEY DON'T fit together, they can’t do their job effectively! 🦷😄#teeth #orthodontics #fittogether ...

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YES! It's typically considered safe, with some precautions that orthodontists can go over with expecting moms beforehand. 🤰#orthodontics #pregnant #oralhealth ...

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NOVEMBER IS MEN'S HEALTH AWARENESS Month and in honor, will you be growing your ‘mo this year? 👨🏻Comment below and let us know! 😃#growyourmo #menshealthawarenessmonth #movember ...

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT! ⏳The end of the year is almost here. Make sure to schedule your orthodontic appointment and use this year's insurance benefits before it's too late! ⏰ #insurance #insurancebenefits #makeanappointment #orthodontist ...

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Repost from @aao.info: Edward H. Angle was the first to limit his practice to orthodontics only. 🦷 #setitstraight #orthodontics #history ...

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THIS IS THE WORST! 😩 But it's important to wear prescribed rubber bands, so we're here to say that getting out of bed will be worth it! 👍#braces #rubberbands #justdoit #worthit #orthodontics ...

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