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How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist

Choosing a cosmetic dentist is a very important decision. It can be difficult to measure the differences between dentists because there is a wide range of training, experience and talents in dentists providing a high level of care.

There are a handful of organizations dedicated to advancing cosmetic dentistry and recognizing dentists who meet their lofty standards. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), was founded in 1984 by Dr. Jack Kammer and Dr. Jeff Morley. What started out as a small group of dedicated individuals, has blossomed into the world’s largest and foremost organization for cosmetic dentists and cosmetic dental professionals.

Today, there are more than 6,000 members including cosmetic dentists, laboratory technicians, educators, and researchers from around the world.

The AACD Cosmetic Dentist
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry offers education and training on the latest techniques, procedures, and advancements in cosmetic dentistry. In addition, the AACD has an accreditation program for cosmetic dentists who are dedicated to going the extra mile.

There are many steps in the accreditation process. Candidates begin by passing a written examination. Next, they must submit a series of clinical cases that demonstrate their ability to treat a wide range of situations and complexities. Finally, accreditation is achieved by passing an oral examination. This process takes years to complete – but an AACD Accredited Cosmetic Dentist is special, there are fewer than 325 Accredited members worldwide.

Dr. Scott Finlay Annapolis Cosmetic Dentist
Annapolis cosmetic dentist, Dr. Scott Finlay has achieved the highest achievement in the AACD by becoming an Accredited Fellow. In addition to his rigorous accreditation process, Dr. Finlay has met the AACD’s high standards for an extended body of work representing excellence as judged by a jury of his peers.

This incredible number of cases demonstrates the level of expertise Dr. Finlay has treating complex cosmetic dentistry cases.  There are fewer than 50 dentists nationwide that have achieved this level of excellence and recognition by the dental profession.

More than that, Dr. Finlay is an active member of the AACD and holds a position on the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry, where he is responsible for testing, analyzing, and evaluating the services of dentist and laboratory technicians for the purpose of AACD Accreditation in cosmetic dentistry.

He contributes regularly to AACD publications as well as other cosmetic dentistry journals. He has recently finished revisions to the AACD’s Criteria Guide: Contemporary Concepts in Smile Design, which will be released in mid to late 2012. This guide, which saw its last update in 2001 will set the new, universally accepted parameters for smile design.

Dr. Finlay is committed to continuing education and is a senior faculty for the Dawson Academy which is a leading post graduate center for advanced dental training.  He presents programs to dentists from California to Florida, to Virginia and Chicago – even in the United Kingdom – on topics related to cosmetic dentistry, often in a hands on format.

Expert Care
Cosmetic dentistry is more than just creating pretty smiles. A cosmetic dentist should be a highly trained and skilled professional who strives to treat not just the cosmetic concerns, but the underlying functional problems that cause wear and damage in the first place.

According to Dr. Finlay, “Dental Aesthetics are only a mirror of the relative health of the smile. If something doesn’t look quite right, there is usually a biological or functional reason why the deterioration exists.”

A cosmetic dentist should also take into consideration the patient as a whole to create a smile that will look natural, fit comfortably in their mouth, and be best suited for their lifestyle.

Don’t trust your smile to any cosmetic dentist. Contact Annapolis cosmetic dentist, Dr. Scott Finlay for a consultation and learn more about improving your life and smile with cosmetic dentistry.