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August 2020 Issue 

Registration is now open! 

SAVE THE DATE: The PCSO, RMSO, MSO, & SWSO have teamed up to bring you a great online experience for the whole team on October 2-3, 2020.

Enjoy two days of incredible lectures from industry leaders in the comfort of your own home or office. Get the team together, grab some pizza, and learn with us. The cost to attend can't be beat; members and their staff participate at no cost.

The virtual conference will take place Friday afternoon from 12:30pm - 5:15pm (Pacific Time) and Saturday from 9am - 2pm (Pacific Time). Social events and optional sessions will be available as well.

A full list of speakers and session information can be found here.
Register For The Conference
Proposed 2020-2021 Officer Slate 
The PCSO Board of Directors puts forward the following as the slate for 2020-2021 officers: Dr. Marie Lathrop (OR) – President, Dr. Thomas Merrill (WA) – President-Elect, and Dr. John Wachtel (AZ) – Secretary-Treasurer. According to PCSO bylaws, article VI – officers, the president-elect and secretary-treasurer will be elected at the Annual Session by the active members present and voting at the regularly scheduled business meeting. This election will take place at a business meeting of the virtual Annual Session on October 3 from 8:30-8:45 am PT. 
PCSO Call for Volunteers:
  • Sign up to volunteer here
  • Learn more about committees of the PCSO here.

PCSO call for award nominees:
Each year, the PCSO puts forward nominees for a variety of awards given by the AAO, ABO, and AAOF. In addition, there are awards that the PCSO gives to honor members. A description of each award is listed here. Recommendations may be presented to the nominating committee by any active or retired PCSO member. If you have a recommendation for the Nominating & Awards Committee to consider, complete the form (one for each recommendation).

PCSO virtual Annual Session lecture summary contributors:
The PCSO seeks interested members to participate as lecture summary contributors for the Bulletin winter publication. Criteria and requirements can be provided for anyone interested. Additionally, you may view presentation summary samples in last year’s publication at If interested, please contact Clarissa Nemeth (, Publication Manager, no later than August 31.
2019 Annual Session Galleries
The 2019 Annual Session gallery is now open! View and download images from the Annual Session at
PCSO Annual Sessions

October 2-3, 2020

October 21 - 24, 2021
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

October 27 - 30, 2022
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA

November 2 - 5, 2023
Disneyland Hotel
Anaheim, CA

November 14 - 17, 2024
The Westin Mission Hills
Palm Springs, CA
The Spring 2020 PCSO Bulletin is now available online! 
View the full issue here
Case Report: How Would You Treat This Malocclusion?
A 16-year-old male patient presents in good health with a noncontributory medical history and excellent oral hygiene. His chief complaint is, “Get my teeth in line and straight. I have a tooth inside my gums, and I want it fixed.” According to the patient's parents, he was treated with a face mask to correct an anterior crossbite seven years ago. For retention, he has worn an upper Hawley from the end of treatment until the present time. His dental history reveals that he clenches his teeth, mostly at night. He presents with one missing tooth on the maxillary left side and an impacted premolar on maxillary right. He notes that his height has changed in the past year; he is now 5 feet 9 inches (180 cm). In addition, his voice has changed, and he has facial hair.
Read the full article.
What Do Your Reports Say About You?
Dr. Jeffrey Nichelini,
PCSO Bulletin Section Editor
Regardless of the task, the quality of it's completion reflects the care of the individual who completed it. This is true for the smiles in your community that directly show off your work, the style of marketing your office uses to interact with the public, how you interact with your colleagues, or even the communication you provide to the general dentists in your area. When it comes to reports, regardless of how annoying they can be to complete, if they get sent with your name on them, then they represent your work. 

Read the full article.
HHS Expands Enhanced Provider Relief Funds
On Friday, July 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made an announcement pertaining to the Enhanced Provider Relief Funds. HHS announced that the Enhanced Provider Relief Funds are available for dentists who may not have previously been eligible to receive funding through the Provider Relief Fund.

The application deadline has been extended for the Provider Relief Funds until August 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. We encourage members to get their applications in as soon as possible.

HHS has indicated that payments will be dispersed on a rolling basis and they encourage providers to apply for Provider Relief Funds as early as they can.
AB 1998 Bill Update
The California Association of Orthodontists (CAO) has been vigilant in their fight on AB 1998, a bill proposed this legislative session by Assm. Low to further refine consumer protections related to teledentistry. The goal was to ensure an in-person evaluation was conducted prior to the use of orthodontic appliances.

The bill was heard and voted on by the Senate Committee on Business & Professions over the weekend. Of the nine senators on the committee, four voted for the bill, one voted against, and four abstained from voting, leaving the bill one vote shy of the necessary five votes to move on. 

While our efforts fell short in this legislative session, the CAO stands ready to hit the ground running in the next session. Many CAO/PCSO leaders did a tremendous amount of work on this at the state, regional, and national level.

Case studies and expert testimony demonstrating the importance of a clinical evaluation prior to orthodontic treatment will be critical to efforts in the next session. If you would like to be involved in this regard, please email CAO Executive Director Michelle Pierceall. 

You can view the bill, its analysis and its amendments here>> 
AAO PAC Hosts Virtual Meetings with U.S. Senators
Over the past 25 years, the AAOPAC has supported congressional candidates who support the orthodontic profession, whether it is easing the burden of student debt or supporting small businesses.

Over the past few weeks, AAO members have represented the AAOPAC in four virtual meetings with Senators from around the country to discuss future legislation as it relates to COVID-19 response, particularly for student debt and supporting small businesses. 

To read more about these virtual meetings and topics discussed, visit here
Want to follow the latest updates on direct-to-consumer orthodontics? Visit the AAO Advocacy page here. 
2020-2021 Membership Dues Invoices Sent Out
Membership dues invoices, typically sent out in late May/early June, were delayed and sent out the first week of August. You may pay online or by contacting the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700. You can sign up for extended installments and auto-renewal as well. The AAO membership year runs from June 1 through May 31.
  • Dues + Assessment Reduction
    • The consumer marketing fund will decrease from $800 to $300 per member.* For full dues-paying members, this results in a savings of $500. 
      *Please Note: the consumer marketing fund does not apply to Active Academic or Service members. Active members in their first four years of membership who receive a discount on their dues and assessment will continue to receive a percentage discount off the full dues and assessment amounts.
  • Three Percent ACH Discount
    • Members who pay their invoices using ACH (electronic bank account transfer) in lieu of credit card or check will receive an additional, one-time 3% discount on their AAO member dues and consumer marketing fund. Please note for online renewals, the 3% discount will be processed as a refund after your full payment is submitted.
  • New Payment Installment Options 
    • In addition to our traditional three- and six-month installment plan options, this year the AAO is offering up to nine monthly installments (for those who start their installments in August) through April 2021. An additional 1-2 installments may be added if you start your installments earlier. Please note that to make arrangements for dues installments, you must contact the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700. Installments cannot be selected during online renewal.
Sign Up to Receive Text Messages from the AAO
If you’ve ever wished that you could receive important news like advocacy updates in real time, you’re in luck. The AAO is expanding its member communications to a new text messaging option. This new service is entirely voluntary for AAO members and is not meant to take the place of usual AAO member communications. Members who opt into this new service will receive short notices with links and materials on breaking news and other time-sensitive items – beginning later this month.

Sign up today.
#SmileStronger: Send PCSO Content to Share on Social Media 
We want to feature your office on the PCSO social media channels! 

Send us photos of your team in PPE along with any stories and pictures of how your office is dealing with and surviving the new realities of COVID-19. We also ask that you use #SmileStronger when posting. 

Please send your content to
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