What’s in Toothpaste?

MOST OF THE TIME, the only toothpaste ingredient that really gets talked about is fluoride, the active ingredient that helps remineralize tooth enamel and protects teeth from decay. The American Dental Association calls fluoride “nature’s cavity fighter,” and...

Preparing for Orthodontic Emergencies

DO YOU HAVE an orthodontic emergency plan? It’s a good idea for anyone who has braces or whose teenager has braces to be prepared in case something goes wrong with their orthodontic appliance between adjustments. Not addressing a problem quickly could lead to delaying...

How to Take Care of Your Retainer

THE SAME KIND of bacteria, plaque, and tartar that accumulates on our teeth can also build up on our retainers. That’s why our retainers need to be cleaned as often as our teeth to keep them in good condition (and not full of funky smells). Daily Retainer Cleaning...

Broken Brackets Don’t Know it’s a Holiday Break

Warning! All parents, you are now officially entering the “School Break Zone.” This time of year, of course, brings family gatherings, parties, and treats! It’s hard to turn away from the ooey-gooey treats which is why your American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)...

Have an Orthodontist-Approved Halloween!

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. SPOOKY SEASON HAS been lots of fun this year, and Halloween is just around the corner. As much as we love indulging in the fall activities, the spooky decorations, the fun...

Beware of TikTok Dental Fads!

Top image used under CC0 Public Domain license. Image cropped and modified from original. UNLESS THE DENTIST is on TikTok, it’s not a great platform to get dental health advice from. This year we’ve seen a number of alarming do-it-yourself dental procedures trending,...

What is the CAO?

The California Association of Orthodontists (CAO) is the California 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?

Become A Member

CAO is a component of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO). Members are entitled to the benefits of numerous on and off-line resources for the building and maintaining of their orthodontic practices. Learn more about joining or renewing membership, as well as key AAO benefits below.

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DO YOU listen to music or podcasts more often? 🎧📱🎵 #poll #music #podcasts #commentbelow ...

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THOSE OF YOU that have gotten your braces off this year know the pain. 😷Comment below if this has been you! #braces #bracesoff #orthodontics ...

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IN CASE YOU NEEDED IT, here’s your reminder to switch to water for the day!💧#water #healthyteeth #bestdrink ...

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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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