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,...

When Should Your Child See an Orthodontist?

Orthodontic problems rarely fix themselves. That’s why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be screened by an AAO orthodontist at age 7 By age 7, your child has enough permanent teeth that an orthodontist can spot a problem...

Preventing Stains During Orthodontic Treatment

Top image by Flickr user Gordon used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original. UNLESS YOU’RE CHANGING the color of your wooden furniture, stains typically aren’t good news, and they’re especially...

How Do Braces Actually Straighten Teeth?

Top image by Flickr user Hana Yamada used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original. BRACES ARE SO common for teenagers (even though they aren’t the only ones who can have them) that a lot of people might...

Wisdom Teeth and Braces

ONE OF THE BIG rites of passage for young adults is wisdom teeth removal. Of course, there are people who can actually fit those third molars in their jaws comfortably and there are a startling number who don’t even grow them in the first place, but for people...

Current Internet Trend You Should Skip

Despite popular opinion, the internet might not have all the answers…especially when it comes to your facial structure. The online do-it-yourself facial restructuring trend known as mewing (which, by the way, is not a medical term) suggests that tongue...

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?

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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