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Getting Started – Why Choose a Cosmetic Dentist?


In my last blog I discussed the investment in your smile and how life changing that investment could be.  Now I want to help you to understand why choosing a dentist is so important.

When I started in dentistry, I chose general dentistry where I remained for over twenty years.  It was great and yes we did some cosmetic dentistry, after all isn’t any work done on your smile cosmetic?????

Since working with an accredited cosmetic dentist in NE Calgary I have learned so much about the synergy of art and engineering that is cosmetic dentistry.  How many times have you heard the terms “golden proportions” or “buccal corridor” used at your dental visits?  So what is the difference, what training is involved and where do dentists get this training?  One place is through the AACD, American Academy of Dentistry.  The following information was taken from their website which has much information to offer and worth visiting.
“The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry was founded in 1984 and is the world’s largest international dental organization. With more than 6,000 members in more than 80 countries, it is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. The AACD encourages and expects the highest standards of ethical conduct and patient care through the use of responsible esthetics.


Members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry include a variety of dental professionals: cosmetic and reconstructive dentists, dental laboratory technicians, educators, researchers, students, hygienists, and dental assistants that took dental assistant training. These professionals have displayed an interest in furthering their education to bring their patients the latest advancements in cosmetic dental techniques, materials, and technology. This is more important today than ever because the field of cosmetic dentistry is on the cutting edge of technology.

Members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry are offered education and training on the latest procedures, techniques, and products through AACD publications, lectures, and workshops. AACD member professionals stay one step ahead of their peers by keeping informed on trends in the market and learning how the latest products and technologies benefit the patient and support the twin concepts of responsible esthetics and systemic oral health. By selecting an AACD member dentist, you know your dental professional cares enough to stay in the forefront of the cosmetic dentistry field, so you receive the most up-to-date and best care available.


In addition to AACD general members, there are dental professionals who have gone the extra mile and devoted themselves to becoming AACD Accredited members. These dentists and laboratory technicians are not only up on the latest techniques and technology, but they’ve also been educated in bringing these advancements to their patients. These professionals understand that your smile is an expression of who you are. If you are looking for smile perfection, then seeking out an Accredited AACD dentist is worth the effort, as they have proven proficiency with the latest cosmetic dentistry advancements.

Becoming an AACD Accredited professional is a rigorous process. Candidates must complete a demanding clinical testing process, which requires a high degree of commitment and perseverance.


Throughout the AACD Accreditation process, dental professionals are required to complete a written examination, document five specific types of clinical cases, participate in continuing education classes, and finally pass an oral examination. Once a dentist or a laboratory technician has achieved AACD Accreditation, he or she is expected to stay on top of industry trends and technology, bringing patients the best care available.”

I hope you found this information useful.  When you start your research it will be helpful to know what to look for.  In my next blog I will take you through some of our “makeover procedures”, starting with whitening and ending with a full “smile design.

Remember, a smile is contagious go start and epidemic!!!!!

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