About Us

The Minnesota Association of Orthodontists (MAO) is comprised of members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists (MSO), and the MAO who reside in the state of Minnesota. There are approximately 150 specialty-trained orthodontists. In addition, there are student members comprised of the residents of the Mayo Clinic and The University of Minnesota orthodontic programs and approximately 60 retired members.

An orthodontist is a graduate of an accredited orthodontic training program who has completed at least two years of post-graduate university training in the specialty of orthodontics. The purpose of the Association shall be to promote, improve, and elevate the dental specialty of orthodontics in the State of Minnesota. These goals will be furthered by the following:


To encourage the membership to acquire American Board of Orthodontics certification. To sponsor educational sessions of the highest possible caliber. To support the orthodontic departments in the State of Minnesota. To initiate, assist, and sponsor orthodontic research projects. To encourage its members to actively participate in authorized dental programs and meetings at all levels.


To volunteer its counsel, through the state and component dental organizations, to government at all levels. To provide liaison to the Minnesota Dental Association and Midwestern Society of Orthodontists. To provide liaison to the public at large.


To extend fraternal fellowship among its members. To maintain and extend inter-professional relations.


Why Choose A Specialist?

Specialist Training

An orthodontist is a dentist that has received 2-3 years of additional training in an American Dental Association accredited University Orthodontic Specialty program.

Specialist Practice

Orthodontists limit their practice to the specialty of orthodontics. They are specialists in aligning teeth and jaws, and are able to choose the correct treatment from all available treatment options

Specialist Education

Orthodontists have expert knowledge of new and emerging treatment technologies. Seminars and continuing education conferences for orthodontists provide ongoing educational opportunities to help stay current with the latest advances in the specialty.