The International Association for Orthodontics (IAO) and the American Association
for Functional Orthodontics (AAFO) have Merged!
November 19, 2008
The American Association for Functional Orthodontics (AAFO) has become part of the
International Association for Orthodontics (IAO) effective November 19, 2008. The
newly combined organization will retain the name International Association for Orthodontics
and will be based in Milwaukee, WI U.S.A.
The reason for combining the two associations is to create an even stronger voice
for orthodontics worldwide. All AAFO Members are now IAO Members.
Over the course of the next year AAFO benefits will be integrated into the IAO
structure including more orthodontic courses and seminars offered on the topic of
The American Association for Functional Orthodontics (AAFO) was founded in 1982
by Dr. Craig Stoner, a general dentist practicing in Winchester, Virginia, and the
late Dr. J. Robert Bronson, an orthodontist who practiced in Front Royal, Virginia.
The association began as a functional jaw orthopedic study club and later grew into
a significant functional orthodontic organization.
AAFO leadership has been and will continue to work closely with the IAO to help
implement AAFO benefits into the present IAO structure. Some highlights of this
cooperative effort include creating a column in the
International Journal of Orthodontics
on the topic of functional orthodontics in 2009. Also in 2009, all AAFO The Functional
Orthodontist journals will be added to the IAO website, creating a larger and more
detailed online database of historic articles along with current journals teaching
the newest methods and philosophies regarding orthodontics, functional orthodontics,