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.
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"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.
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SOURCE American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)