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What is cosmetic dentistry and how do you find a qualified cosmetic dentist?

Annapolis, Maryland – Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of creating healthy, beautiful smiles.  Although it is the focus of any dentist to restore the health and function of a patient’s smile, cosmetic dentistry takes that effort a step further to enhance the beauty and esthetics to make teeth look naturally beautiful.

Obviously there are dentists that have focused specific training and interest in cosmetic dentistry.  How does a person find the dentist that is right for them?  How does the consumer know who has received the training and has the talent to actually create beautiful smiles?
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is the largest, worldwide academy that focuses specifically on cosmetic dentistry.  There are over 8000 members in 70 countries.  The mission of the AACD is dedicated to the advancement in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care.  The AACD can serve as a resource for the consumer to educate and to assistant in a search of qualified credentialed cosmetic dentists.  (

Cosmetic Dentistry is not a specialty recognized by the ADA.  Fortunately, there is The American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry (ABCD) that provides a credentialing measure to access the skills of dentists in their aptitude and ability to perform cosmetic dentistry.  Accreditation has become the gold standard in cosmetic dentistry.  Accreditation is a process in which a dentist or dental laboratory technician is evaluated by a jury of his peers, Examiners within the ABCD, that are leaders and educators worldwide in the field of cosmetic dentistry.  Those dentists that have succeeded in achieving the designation in being Accredited have validated they that possess the skill and knowledge to create excellence in cosmetic dentistry.   They have proven that they can create beautiful results in real world situations.  This credential has been in place since the birth of cosmetic dentistry over 2 decades ago.  Accreditation is a process that can take years to accomplish.  Currently there are less than 300 Accredited Dentists worldwide.  There are 8 practicing in the state of Maryland.  Although there may be dentists who can provide excellent care that do have these credentials, there is no way to quantify this level of performance without measurement and credentialing.  It would only make sense that those that have a special interest in the field of cosmetic dentistry would be involved in the world’s largest academy focused on cosmetic dentistry.

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