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AO joins nation's orthodontists to fight bullying

Associated Orthodontists is joining the American Association of Orthodontists and 19,000 orthodontic professionals nationwide to fight 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 take stand and will encourage their patients to do the same for National Bullying Prevention Month and National Orthodontic Health Month.Over the years, teeth have often been reported as a main feature targeted by bullies. Additionally, studies by The New York Post and StopBullying.gov show that 7/10 Americans admit to feeling self-conscious about their teeth and  70% of young people have seen bullying in their schools.“A long-standing mission of Associated Orthodontists has been to support the needs of and give back to the communities we serve," said Julie Gardner, director of practice development with Associated Orthodontists. "We are proud to partner with AAO and support the efforts of Stand for the Silent in their efforts to stop bullying."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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP!

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.orgAbout Associated OrthodontistsSince 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 OrthodontistsThe 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.

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