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AAO Threatens Legal Action Against ATDA Because Orthodontic Treatment is Reversible

The American Teledentistry Association recently received an attorney’s letter from the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) asking for us to retract our recent publication, “The Truth Behind Orthodontic Relapse”. We published this article to inform public stakeholders that the testimony of Trey Lawrence, General Counsel of the AAO in front of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners was spurious. As demonstrated in the video of Mr. Lawrence’s testimony (provided below), he unequivocally testified that “orthodontic procedures are irreversible”.  The best evidence from the scientific literature, though, is that orthodontic tooth movement is indeed reversible. We specifically described the phenomenon of nature called orthodontic relapse which is when the partial or full reversal of tooth movement occurs when a patient doesn’t wear retainers.  Even in cases of “incomplete” or “unsatisfactory” orthodontic treatment, as the AAO claims Mr. Lawrence was speaking to, teeth have the tendency to return to their original positions. If nature doesn’t fully resolve any remaining issue, further orthodontic re-treatment can return a patient to their original condition should that be desired or to a different outcome if that is so desired.

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