August 14, 2008

Photos: Brace Yourself and Support Team USA

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- If U.S. figure skater Rachael Flatt has her way this summer, the more than five million North Americans with braces will flash their pearly whites with reds and blues in support of the U.S. team in Beijing. Flatt, an orthodontic patient and 2010 winter games hopeful, is joining with the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in the association's Band Together educational campaign. The campaign highlights several of today's trends and advances in orthodontic treatment, and encourages kids and adults with braces to visit their orthodontists and don red, white and blue rubber bands around their brackets.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to:

"I think it's a cool and creative way to support our team and have fun with my braces," says 15-year-old Flatt. "I invite other orthodontic patients to join me and ask their orthodontists to outfit their braces in red, white and blue."

Flatt's involvement in the Band Together campaign illustrates the popular orthodontic trend of customizing braces with colorful rubber bands. And while some orthodontic patients like to shout out the fact that they are sporting braces, others take comfort in today's sleeker less noticeable braces. Tooth-colored braces are available, as well as space-age wires that help to reduce the number of adjustments and appointments needed during orthodontic treatment. Young patients miss less school and their parents require less time away from work.

"From colorful rubber bands to next-to-invisible materials, today's braces give our patients a variety of options for achieving a healthy, beautiful smile that's good for life," says Raymond George, Sr., DMD, president of the AAO.

For more information or to locate an orthodontist near you, visit

About the American Association of Orthodontists

The AAO comprises 15,500 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Founded in 1900, the AAO supports research and education leading to quality patient care and promotes increased public awareness of the need for and benefits of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified to correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws. They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves "orthodontists," and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO.

   Press Contact:   Aimee DeVoll   314-552-6744   [email protected]   Pam Paladin   314-993-1700, ext. 524   [email protected]  


American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)

CONTACT: Aimee DeVoll, +1-314-552-6744, [email protected]; orPam Paladin, +1-314-993-1700, ext. 524, [email protected], both for theAAO

Web site: