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Foundation raises funds to preserve historic orthodontic records

February 15, 2012

By Jean Williams, ADA News staff

Decades-old records of children and teens who did not receive orthodontic treatment will be safeguarded thanks to the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation's success in raising $1.5 million for preservation efforts.

The AAO Foundation (the charitable arm of the American Association of Orthodontists) raised the funds for creating the AAOF Craniofacial Growth Legacy Collection through an effort called Legacy 300 Campaign.

Donors included AAO members, industry representatives, orthodontic study clubs and orthodontic alumni groups.

The new collection of irreplaceable records will form the basis for contemporary orthodontic literature on craniofacial growth in children and teens who did not have orthodontic treatment. Representative samples dating back more than 75 years will be culled and preserved from the records of some 1,000 children and teens.

Many records were deteriorating due to normal breakdown of radiographic images but will now be conserved through digitizing. Types of records include lateral and frontal cephalograms, hand-wrist films, dental radiographs, study casts and written records on physical development.

A searchable database of digital files currently includes more than 2,000 lateral cephalograms representing 200 cases. Other files are being uploaded and contents may be viewed for free at ““.