Associated Orthodontists is joining the American Association of Orthodontists and over 18,000 orthodontic professionals throughout the nation to celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month. This annual event promotes the benefits of orthodontic care to ones health, and again this year, will be focusing efforts to take a stand against bullying by supporting Stand for the Silent, a nationwide organization that brings awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes.

Throughout the month of October, AO will be educating patients, families and community members about the overall health benefits of orthodontic treatment — which ranges from decreased risk of oral disease and jaw problems, to improved self-esteem. Additionally, the team at AO will encourage all to take a stand against bullying and the devastation it causes.

A recent study published by the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics showed that a significant percentage of children experience bullying  as a result of dental and/or facial appearance. Sadly, teeth were the top targeted physical feature to increase a child’s chance of being bullied, followed by strength and weight.

This month, follow Associated Orthodontists on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for more information on orthodontic health, oral health and mental health. Information will also be posted on its website at greatbraces.com.

HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Founded in 2010, Stand for the Silent has fast become one of the leading and most effective anti-bullying organizations — reaching 1,620,000 kids in 1593 schools. Their mission is simple: bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. Stand for the Silent runs solely off donations from those who support its mission. Help them reach more kids by making a donation HERE.

Learn more at standforthesilent.org

 

About Associated Orthodontists
Since 1969, Associated Orthodontists has been providing patients with care that is focused on wellness, satisfaction and perfection. With locations in Joliet, Plainfield, Morris, New Lenox, Frankfort and Bourbonnais, its team of highly trained orthodontists is committed to creating a customized, stress-free and rewarding experience for patients and families. As members of the communities it serves, AO is committed to improving smiles and making a positive impact.

Associated Orthodontists is a participating provider with most major insurance plans, offers Damon® System braces and Invisalign®, plus complimentary consultations and interest-free financing options. For more information on services, or to find a location near you, please visit greatbraces.com.

About the American Associated of Orthodontists
The American Association of Orthodontists represents 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Founded in 1900, AAO is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. AAO is dedicated to, among other goals: (a) ethically advancing the art and science of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics worldwide; (b) improving the health of the public by promoting quality orthodontic care, the importance of overall oral healthcare, and advocating for the public interest; and (c) educating the public about the benefits of orthodontic treatment and the educational qualifications of orthodontic specialists. For more information, visit aaoinfo.org.