About the Academy

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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, 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.

30 Years of AACD: A Timeline
30 Years of Cosmetic Dentistry History In the Making: See How Far AACD Has Come!
Want to see some of the Academy's most significant moments and the individuals who helped make them happen? Check out the AACD Timeline.

Join Us for the Prestige, and the Many Benefits
The AACD offers you the opportunity to become part of an exclusive group of dedicated cosmetic dentists and laboratory technicians.

AACD offers members:

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, aesthetics, and function.

Excellence through Education
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry's fundamental principle is to promote education. The Academy holds annual scientific sessions throughout North America. The focus of the annual conference is to allow practitioners to exchange new ideas and receive meaningful, interdisciplinary, and actionable information on the latest in clinical procedures, materials and methods, cosmetic practice development, and self-enrichment. In addition, dentists may earn AGD 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 international public relations efforts to raise the public's perception and understanding of cosmetic dentistry.

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 allows you to network with and receive—and impart—encouragement and support to other cosmetic dental professionals from around the world.

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