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.