The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Importance of Responsible Esthetics
Cosmetic dentistry can create positive changes to your teeth and to your smile. While many people think about teeth whitening or veneers—especially for celebrities—when cosmetic dentistry comes to mind, a cosmetic dentist can provide much more.
Cosmetic dentistry is accessible to anyone, and a skilled, experienced cosmetic dentist can help to improve your appearance, your smile, even your confidence and self-esteem. Thanks to progressive organizations like the AACD and the educational benefits AACD membership—and AACD Accreditation provides—comprehensive cosmetic dentistry has continued to evolve to a level where cosmetic dentists can address functional and esthetic patient concerns in a responsible way.

What AACD Believes
Members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry stand for the practice of responsible esthetics. AACD believes that esthetic dentistry must complement the overall general and oral health of the patient, and do no harm. AACD strongly encourages treatment decisions based on the foundation of evidence-based protocols combined with sound clinical judgment.
AACD also strongly encourages cosmetic dentistry that integrates interdisciplinary medical and dental treatment to enhance outcomes while minimizing 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, AACD encourages the use of innovation in technology and materials to deliver dentistry that is predictable and long-lasting.
AACD: A Patient Resource
AACD is the primary dental resource for patients who strive to maintain their health, function, and appearance for their lifetimes.

AACD members 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 and your life are remarkable. Patients who have completed treatment are often transformed from the inside out.

What a Cosmetic Dentist Does
Cosmetic dentistry has evolved from simply replacing and restoring damaged teeth to covering a wide scope of esthetic procedures. Today’s cosmetic dentistry is comprehensive and can include teeth whitening, bonding, tooth-colored restorations and fillings, porcelain veneers, orthodontics, dental implants, and more.

Why Select an AACD Dentist?

Are you interested in discovering more about cosmetic dentistry? First, find an AACD Member Dentist near you. You can use the Find a Dentist Directory on Then, have an honest discussion with your AACD Member dentist about your cosmetic goals. Your dentist will then suggest treatment, and discuss benefits, risks, and alternatives. While some patients are concerned about costs and treatment time frames, your AACD Member dentist can help you select treatment that is affordable, and right for you.