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Experience AAO with us.

We’re bringing Annual Session back to a screen near you with over 100 speakers and 18 hours of live CE content.  The extended programming on Friday, June 25  allows you to enjoy live programming at a time that works for you, even if you’re joining from the Pacific Time Zones.

Orthodontists know that the AAO offers the most reliable evidence based education, so make plans to attend now. You will have access to up to 18 hours of CE – industry suppliers who support your success – and opportunities to network with your peers from all over the world. Join us June 25-27 for the world’s greatest celebration of the profession


2020 RECAP

Over 11,000 individuals participated in the first-ever virtual Annual Session.

registration fees

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Click here to see everything that will be happening on the virtual stage at Annual Session.

exhibitors + sponsors

Learn how you can participate in the premier orthodontic tradeshow and reach professionals worldwide.

30-day replay.

That’s right, all program content will be available online for 30 days after the event. The best part? It’s complimentary with registration.

The Virtual Annual Session contains a lot of content, and you might not be able to spend a whole summer weekend at your computer (although, with a lineup like this, we wouldn’t blame you if you did). All program content will be posted on the event page within 24 hours after the Closing Keynote.  Because this content will be available for 30 days immediately following the conference, you’ll be able to review everything you learned at a slower pace and make sure you completed your CE certificates.

Register now and add Web Access to extend your perpetual online access to the recorded content, handouts, evaluations, CE certificates, and transcripts after the 30-Day Replay period.

Have questions?

This is a great place to start! Get answers to the most commonly asked inquiries regarding AAO Annual Session 2021 here.


Don’t forget the details.

The virtual Event Page will be open and ready to explore on June 11. 

Mark your calendars and don your old college attire for this year’s Alumni Receptions.  Don’t miss this virtual experience and catch up with those friends you haven’t seen in years on Saturday, June 26. Be sure to schedule appointments with Exhibitors so you don’t miss out on new product demos and show specials.  In fact, doing so might just win you a VIP Experience at next year’s in-person Annual Session.  


Dr. William R. Proffit Resident Scholar Award

An opportunity for graduate orthodontic students and residents to present clinical research and basic science research at Annual Session.

Hellman, Sicher, Graber Awards

These research awards are given to research papers of unusual merit related to orthodontics.

Humanitarian Award

Established in 2011, the Humanitarian Award recognizes significant contributions to improve the quality of human life that extends beyond the usual scope of organized dentistry.

James E. Brophy Distinguished Service Award

The award is presented to those who have made contributions to orthodontics in addition to other valuable and devoted services to the Association and to its membership

Lifetime Achievement Award

The AAO Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the science related to the specialty of orthodontics over the course of the recipient’s lifetime.

Outstanding Contribution Award by a Non-Orthodontist

Recognizes a non-orthodontist for the outstanding service to the specialty of orthodontics.

Ortho Innovator Award

Introduced in 2018, the Ortho Innovator Award recognizes ideas that could revolutionize orthodontic treatment or practice management.


Program Grid

An overview of program speakers and concurrent session titles. Check out the speaker lineup.

Interactive Schedule 

An in-depth look at keynotes, CE sessions, exhibitor presentations and more! Browse your learning and networking opportunities. Check out the schedule!

Memorial Lectures

AAO Memorial Lectures memorialize and honor individuals who have contributed to the rich heritage of the orthodontic specialty. Lectures include the Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture, Edward H. Angle Award Lecture, John Valentine Mershon Award Lecture and Jacob A. Salzmann Award Lecture. Learn more.

Speaker E-Handouts

Annual Session speaker handouts for the Clinical, Practice Management and Exhibitor Presentations will be available for download beginning June 11, 2021.


EPosters from the 2021 Annual Session are no longer available for viewing. 


Innovation Pavillion

This year’s Innovation Pavilion helps you learn about the latest products and services hitting the market.  Whether you plan on attending one or more Exhibitor Lectures, or connecting with industry suppliers in the virtual exhibit hall, or discovering how the AAO’s TechSelect can help you bring in-house fabrication of aligners to your practice – the Innovation Pavilion is your pathway to learning about the absolute latest developments in the industry.

That’s not all. Tune into OrthoTank Sunday, June 27 from 10:15-11:45am EST to watch entrepreneurs pitch their business plan to potential investors in the hopes of securing the funding they need to take their company to the next level. Don’t miss the action!

keynote speakers

Start your day on the right note.

Oh, we’ve got a lineup for you. Not to brag, but you’ll hear from the best-of-the-best in orthodontics some of whom are exclusively speaking at AAO 2021. Our keynotes and speakers come from a variety of backgrounds and will tap into a whole host of industry knowledge. There’s a takeaway for everyone!

Dave McGillivray

Defining Moments
Race Director for the Boston Marathon


Mitch Albom

Giving is Living
Author, Journalist & Musician


Joanne Lipman

The New, Post-COVID, Post-#MeToo Workplace: Strategies for Equity and Inclusion
Journalist, Best-selling Author

Chris Roberts, DDS, MS

Hopkinton to Boston in 65,500 Steps
AAO President

Jessica Rector, MBA

Fire Up Your Thinking: How to Manage Your Mental Health Through Change
Top Female Performance Expert & Motivational Speaker 

Robert Rohm, PhD

Connecting with Colleagues, Peers & Patients
Author and Corporate Trainer

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Connect with industry suppliers

Connect with those industry suppliers who help keep your practice running.

Even in the virtual setting, you’ll be able to speak with participating companies in 1:1 meetings, attend in-booth lectures, and learn about the latest developments in their product lines.  To get an idea of what these industry suppliers have in store for Virtual Annual Session attendees, check out the Show Specials and New Product Showcase below

Thank you to our sponsors.

For your support and contributions to the AAO’s 2021 Annual Session.