Why Should You Choose an Accredited Cosmetic Dentist for Your Smile Makeover?
AACD Accreditation—What Does it Mean?
Cosmetic dentistry is a demanding field that requires a combination of technical expertise and artistic sensitivity.
If you are considering enhancing your smile, you want results that look natural and that last many years. To achieve your goals, you should work with an AACD accredited cosmetic dentist. In order to understand WHY, you first need to know what AACD means.
In 1984, a group of dentists formed the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Along with creating that academy, they set up an accreditation program.
Since its inception, the AACD has been a leading international organization dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic dentistry. There is no particular licensure required to be a cosmetic dentist, so the best way to ascertain (on the patient’s part) or demonstrate (on the dentist’s part) skill is with accreditation. The AACD upholds high expectations for ethical conduct and responsible aesthetic care from its members.
Membership with the AACD demonstrates that a dentist has a strong commitment to education and the utmost in patient care. Dr. Doan has gone a step beyond general membership, and has earned accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
The AACD Accreditation Process
Due to the rigorous nature of the AACD accreditation process, only a few hundred dentists in the country have obtained this level of certification. To become an accredited dentist requires the completion of a demanding clinical evaluation process.
As part the process of accreditation, a written examination must be taken. The dentist must also complete courses in continuing education and present a specified number of clinical cases to the certifying panel. Finally, an oral examination must be performed.
Accreditation is not the end of the line, so to speak. Once a dentist has successfully completed the expansive process, he or she is expected to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence by remaining at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry, providing patients with top-quality care.
Important Facts about Cosmetic Dentistry:
- Cosmetic dentistry is not a formal specialty within the dental field.
- Any dentist can advertise as a cosmetic dentist.
- Look for meaningful certifications such as AACD accreditation, Spear Education Center, Dawson Academy, LVI, and the Pankey Institute.
- Dr. Doan is an accredited AACD dentist. He has trained at the Dawson Academy as well as Spear Education Center. He has also trained under Dr. Mark Piper.
Your aesthetic goals are important. For more information about our services and high standards of workmanship, call (858)452-1504.