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AO joins orthodontists nationwide in the fight against bullying

Associated Orthodontists, together with the American Association of Orthodontists, is pledging to Stand for the Silent and encouraging their patients to do the same for National Bullying Prevention Month and National Orthodontic Health Month this October. Over the years, teeth have often been reported as a main feature targeted by bullies, such as in this study that appeared in American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

“The overall health of our patients and our communities is of the highest priority for our doctors and staff,” said Julie Gardner, director of practice development with Associated Orthodontists. “Our long-standing mission is to give back to the communities we serve, so we are proud to partner with AAO to support the efforts of Stand for Silent and spread awareness on the detrimental effects of bullying.”

Founded in 2010, Stand for the Silent is a nonprofit that has fast become one of the leading and most effective anti-bullying organizations. They have reached more than 1,505,000 kids in nearly 1,500 schools. The mission is simple – bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. Pledgees commit, “I pledge to take a stand against bullying. I will be the change, because I am somebody!”


Stand for the Silent runs solely off donations from those who support its mission. Help them reach 100,000 more kids by making a donation at

Interested in sponsoring a Stand for the Silent presentation at a school near you? Learn more at

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

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

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