American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
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About the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)

The AACD Mission

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD) is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care. The AACD fulfills its mission by: offering superior educational opportunities; promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential; serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas; and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Our Passion

Cosmetic dentistry is comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, aesthetics, and function. Founded in 1984 by Dr. Jack Kammer and Dr. Jeff Morley, what began as a small gathering of dedicated individuals, the Academy has matured into the world’s largest organization dedicated to serving cosmetic dental professionals and the general public.

The AACD now includes more than 6,000 dental professionals, laboratory technicians, educators, and researchers from 80 countries around the world.

The AACD offers the most respected postgraduate certification in cosmetic dentistry to both dentists and laboratory technicians: the AACD Accreditation and Fellowship Programs. AACD members are recognized as professionals dedicated to constant improvement of their skills and knowledge, and to making the life-changing benefits of cosmetic dentistry available to more people every year.

Educational Excellence

The Academy’s foundational principle is to promote education. The AACD conducts annual scientific sessions throughout North America, the focus of which is to allow dental professionals and the industry to exchange ideas and receive meaningful, interdisciplinary, and actionable information on the latest in clinical procedures, materials and methods, cosmetic practice development, and self-enrichment. Dentists and Laboratory Technicians may also earn continuing education credits, as well as credit towards achieving Accredited status in the Academy.

One of the principle efforts of the AACD is the education, promotion, and acceptance of cosmetic dentistry practices by the general public. The AACD participates in public relations efforts to raise the public's perception and understanding of cosmetic dentistry and the benefits that it provides.

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