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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

EVEN IF YOU MISSED OUT on orthodontic treatment as a child, you can still have the smile of your dreams! 😃 #orthodontics #dreamsmile ...

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BRACKETS, BANDS, AND WIRES—not just straightening your teeth, but giving them some style! 😏😎🦷👍 ...

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EVERY SMILE IS UNIQUE—orthodontic treatment will perfect yours while keeping what makes it special! 😃😁😆☺️😊🤪😋😏🤓 ...

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BRACES ARE THE COOLEST and we can prove it. ❄️ With plenty of options, you're gonna love the way they look during and after! 😃 ...

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IF YOU OFTEN GET INDIGESTION, your teeth may be part of the problem! Having straight teeth means better chewing and better digestion! 😁 ...

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WE KNOW IT’S HARD to choose just one color! Lucky for you, you can change your braces color at every adjustment! 😀👍🌈 ...

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THIS NEW YEAR, choose to smile more. 😁 It will change your day and the people around you! ...

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THE NEW YEAR IS coming and we’re all getting ready to make some resolutions! Try making a resolution to always wear your retainer! Especially to get that new smile for the new year. 😃👍🎇 ...

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! We hope your holiday is fun, safe, and full of joy! 🤗🎄🌟🎅🏼 ...

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WEARING BRACES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? Save this image for a quick reference of foods to steer clear of! 👍 ...

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ARE YOU FEELING FESTIVE with your tinsel teeth? 😁 December is one of the best times of the year to wear your braces with pride! 🎄 ...

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FA-LA-LA-LA FLOSS is how we sing our holiday carols! Make sure you're flossing after all the sweet treats this Holiday Season! 🎄😃☃️👍 ...

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REMEMBER TO brush your pearly whites to keep them sparkling all winter long! 🦷❄️☃️ ...

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BROKEN BRACKETS are pretty common, but try not leave them broken for too long! For patients who don't have an appointment soon after damaging your bracket, make sure to make one as soon as possible! 😃👍 ...

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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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