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Photos: Brace Yourself and Support Team USA

Thursday, August 14, 2008 General News J E 4
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ST. LOUIS, Aug. 14 If U.S. figure skater Rachael Flatt hasher way this summer, the more than five million North Americans with braceswill flash their pearly whites with reds and blues in support of the U.S. teamin Beijing. Flatt, an orthodontic patient and 2010 winter games hopeful, isjoining with the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in theassociation's Band Together educational campaign. The campaign highlightsseveral of today's trends and advances in orthodontic treatment, andencourages kids and adults with braces to visit their orthodontists and donred, white and blue rubber bands around their brackets.

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

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

"From colorful rubber bands to next-to-invisible materials, today's bracesgive our patients a variety of options for achieving a healthy, beautifulsmile that's good for life," says Raymond George, Sr., DMD, president of theAAO.

For more information or to locate an orthodontist near you, visitwww.braces.org.

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 qualitypatient care and promotes increased public awareness of the need for andbenefits of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified tocorrect improperly aligned teeth and jaws. They receive an additional two tothree years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the properway to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education maycall themselves "orthodontists," and only orthodontists are eligible formembership in the AAO.To view the Multimedia News Release, go to:http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/aao/34511/

SOURCE American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
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