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AAO Annual Session takes place April 25 – 29 in New Orleans

By Sierra Rendon, DTA
April 14, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: The American Association of Orthodontists will host its 114th annual session in New Orleans April 25 to 29, featuring Big Easy-style fun and a cutting-edge education program. AAO President Gayle Glenn, DDS, MSD, says the AAO team, “has been working extremely hard to develop outstanding doctors’ and staff programs and finalizing arrangements for world-class entertainment.”

To kick off the week, the AAO’s Annual Session Opening Ceremonies will feature Kenny Loggins on Saturday, April 26. In addition, the AAO team expects many attendees will share in the excitement about the Excellence in Orthodontics Awards Luncheon keynote speaker, Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning.

With a Doctors Program reflecting the AAO’s reputation for outstanding conferences and a host city equated with unparalleled fun, the 2014 annual session will be a meeting no orthodontist will want to miss, the AAO team asserts.

In addition to the extensive educational elements, the AAO will feature more than 300 companies exhibiting their newest products and services at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

New Orleans was recently voted “Best American City to Visit” in a Travel + Leisure magazine readers’ poll and also ranked No. 1 in 13 other categories. For music lovers, the news gets even better: The 2014 annual session is scheduled at the same time as the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest). The world-renowned musical celebration takes place April 25–May 4 and features music in a variety of styles indigenous to Louisiana, including R&B, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, jazz, blues and bluegrass.

For sports lovers, also taking place at the same time as the AAO Annual Meeting is the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, in which golf fans will have a chance to support regional children’s charities while watching top PGA tour professionals. For more information on this exciting event, check out

In addition to its colorful music scene, New Orleans is noted for the variety and quality of its restaurants. Attendees can enjoy traditional favorites like jambalaya, crawfish etouffee or seafood gumbo, or choose from dozens of other types of cuisine.

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau has a website especially for AAO members. Visit

Scientific program highlights

  • Three of the world’s top speakers, Drs. Wick Alexander, Patrick Turley and James McNamara, will be giving the latest information on three critical topics in the AAO’s prestigious Salzmann, Mershon and Angle special awards lectures. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from these experienced reseachers and clinicians, the AAO asserts.
  • When a referring dentist mentions an “abfraction lesion,” do you know what it means or if it is real? What is the most contemporary thinking on periodontal grafting techniques? What are the options in cosmetic veneers, minimal preparations and materials? Moderated by Dr. David Sarver,the Interdisciplinary Esthetic Advances Symposium is a full day of the world’s pre-eminent cosmetic dental clinicians put together to provide the latest current thinking in interdisciplinary dentistry.
  • A comprehensive practice management track with 12 speakers will present three topics critical to today’s orthodontic practice: “Marketing for Income,” “Managing for Profit” and “Monitoring Your Money.”
  • Do you know what to do if you just found out you were given a bad review on Yelp? Is it really possible to eliminate impressions from your practice? If you are not sure, come to the one-day session, “Technology for the Orthodontic Office,” for both doctors and staff, to find out the answers to these questions and many more!
  • Continuing the popular “Asking the Expert” and “Point/Counterpoint” programs, this year’s sessions will address topical questions, such as “Extraction vs Non-extraction,” “Surgery First?” and “Modern Approaches to Mechanics.”
  • Eight master clinicians from around the world will conduct special lectures on transverse and vertical problems.

Event information

  • What: The AAO’s 114th Annual Session
  • When: April 25-29
  • Where: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans
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