The American Dental Association (ADA) does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. It is very difficult for patients to know how much experience and expertise their dentist has in the area of Cosmetic Dentistry. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) set out many years ago to develop a rigorous credentialing process known as Accreditation and Fellowship. The pursuit of the Credential helps dentists become better Cosmetic Dentists. For the public, however, it serves as an important tool in finding bonafide Cosmetic Dentists. Accreditation requires a demonstrably high level of proficiency in Cosmetic Dentistry and an unwavering dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care.
The Process: Accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry involves a rigorous clinical testing process. Candidates begin with a written examination and then progress to a series of clinical cases that cover several different situations and feature differing levels of complexity. Finally, Accreditation is achieved after passing an oral examination. This entire process typically takes years to complete but is worth the additional effort for the dentists and laboratory technicians who achieve AACD Accreditation, since it encourages further education, interaction with colleagues, and the opportunity for professional growth.
What can you expect? As a patient, you can be confident knowing that through your AACD Accredited dentist you have one of the best cosmetic dentists in the field. Accredited dentists are professionals with improved skills, ones who have researched the latest materials and methods, and have mastered the latest techniques to provide the care and results you expect.
Your AACD Accredited dentist is special: There are fewer than 350 AACD Accredited members in the world. Dr. Blanco was the first dentist in South Florida (Dade, Monroe and Broward Counties) to achieve accreditation status. He wants you to be happy with your smile, and will work with you to develop the best treatment solution possible.
About the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry: The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is the world’s largest international dental organization dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and patient care through responsible esthetics. Founded in 1984, the AACD has more than 6,300 members in more than 80 countries around the globe. Members of the Academy include cosmetic and reconstructive dentists, dental laboratory technicians, educators, researchers, students, hygienists, and dental assistants. AACD members pursue continuing education through the AACD’s Accreditation process, lectures, workshops, and publications to keep up-to-date with the latest advancements in cosmetic dental techniques, materials, and technology.