|The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry|
|Unlike the field of plastic surgery in medicine, there is no state or national board certification in the field of cosmetic dentistry. This becomes a serious dilemma because the general public has no barometer or standard to determine if the dentist that they are seeing is qualified in providing aesthetic dentistry at an acceptable level. As published in a Wall Street Journal article by staff reporter, Amir Efrati, it is estimated that half of the $70 billion spent annually on dental work in the U.S. Is related to cosmetic procedures and about $10 billion is related to redoing other dentists’ shoddy work and misdiagnoses.
Founded in 1984, the AACD is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care. The AACD serves over 8000 members in 70 countries around the globe, with its members seek out continuing education through lectures,
However, unlike members of AACD, Accredited Members only receive such honorary designation after having completed and passed a rigorous examination process in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Jack Ringer, cosmetic dentist in Orange County, California for example, is one of only five AACD Accredited Member in his county and one of only 220 worldwide amongst 8,000 AACD members.
He believes that contemporary cosmetic dentistry is a comprehensive approach to total oral health care that combines art and science to achieve optimal dental function, health and aesthetics; thenceforth devoted a substantial amount of his time in educating both his patients and as a faculty member in different teaching institute to aid his colleagues in formal cosmetic dentistry training.
AACD Recommendations When Seeking a Cosmetic Dentist