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What is AACD Accreditation?

In 1984 the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry was formed by a group of forward-thinking individuals, dedicated to continuing education in the rapidly evolving field of cosmetic dentistry. Within a short period of time, the AACD developed a credentialing process for cosmetic dentistry designated “Accreditation”.

As techniques and materials have improved, the Accreditation exam has continued to set a standard for excellence in cosmetic dentistry. Accreditation represents the acknowledgment of a doctor’s or dental technician’s excellence in cosmetic dentistry.

Accreditation and the examination process are administered by the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry.?Accreditation serves to set standards for excellence in cosmetic dentistry. Achieving Accredited status from the AACD requires dedication to continuing education, careful adherence to the protocols, and a resolve to produce exceptional dentistry.

Currently there are approximately 8000 dentists across the country that are members of the AACD.  There are less than 300 dentists and laboratory technitians that have achieved the recognition of becoming accredited.

“One of the key points to remember about cosmetic dentistry is that our goal should not just be about making the teeth look pretty, but more importantly, to enhance the form, function and health of the mouth.”  Says AACD accredited member dentist Dr. Scott Finlay of Annapolis, Maryland.  The ancient Greeks have taught us centuries ago that esthetics are no more than a mirror of the relative and perceived health of a biological system.  It is only when the parameters of form, function and health are met that the results in cosmetic dentistry are truly durable and beautiful.”

Dr. Scott Finlay is an accredited member dentist with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and practices in Arnold, Maryland.  Information about Dr. Finlay and his practice can be found at