About AACD

We Stand for Responsible Esthetics
About 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.

Dedicated to Cosmetic Dentistry

In December of 1984, 60 dentists answered the call of AACD founder Dr. Jack Kammer and co-founder Dr. Jeff Morley. This visionary group met in Las Vegas to create an organization devoted to the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. From this small gathering of dedicated individuals, the AACD has matured into the world's largest organization for cosmetic dental professionals. Over the years, hundreds of professionals have selflessly served the Academy as officers, board members, and so on.

The AACD continues to grow and now includes more than 6,000 dental professionals, laboratory technicians, educators, and researchers from 70 countries worldwide. This global perspective allows AACD members to gather information from the international field of cosmetic dentistry.

With the formation of the Accreditation and Fellowship Programs, the AACD began offering the most stringent and respected postgraduate certification in cosmetic dentistry to both dentists and laboratory technicians. Accreditation, the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, and AACD's cutting-edge Annual Scientific Session have solidified the Academy's position as the leading cosmetic dental organization in the world. 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.

What We Believe

Members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry stand for the practice of responsible esthetics. That means AACD is the primary dental resource for patients as they strive to maintain their health, function, and appearance for their lifetime. We believe that esthetic dentistry must complement the overall general and oral health of the patient and do no harm. So we strongly encourage treatment decisions based on the foundation of evidence-based protocols combined with sound clinical judgment. AACD also strongly encourages that cosmetic dentistry integrate interdisciplinary medical and dental treatment to enhance outcomes and minimize the loss of healthy human tissue. That means AACD member dentists champion and provide minimally invasive treatment protocols, when and where appropriate, ensuring they are consistent with the long-term health and needs of the patient. Finally, we encourage the use of innovation in technology and materials to deliver dentistry that is predictable and long lasting.

Patients who have undergone treatment are often transformed from the inside out because knowledge in the dental profession for American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) members is constantly growing. That commitment to education has led AACD members to believe that responsible esthetics means dealing with beauty that's more than skin-deep. It means striving for a smile that connects. The changes that can be made to your smile, through a wide variety of procedures, techniques, and the newest materials, are remarkable.

30 Years of Cosmetic Dentistry History In the Making

Want to see some of the Academy's most significant moments and the individuals who helped make them happen? Click here to download a PDF of the AACD 30 year timeline.

Join Us for the Prestige and the Many Benefits
All cosmetic dental professionals are eligible to join the Academy. When you join the AACD, you become part of our family—a family of dedicated professionals. Members of the Academy include cosmetic and reconstructive dentists, dental laboratory technicians, dental auxiliaries, dental hygienists, educators, researchers, and students. This cross-functional mix of passionate practitioners is what makes AACD unique and what allows you to network with and receive—and impart—encouragement and support to other cosmetic dental professionals from around the world.

The AACD offers you the opportunity to become part of an exclusive group of dedicated cosmetic dentists and laboratory technicians. The AACD offers members:
  • Education including conferences, our peer-reviewed journal, and virtual learning
  • Accreditation
  • Philanthropy
To see other benefits of membership in AACD, click here.
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