What Is “Cosmetic Dentistry?”

You hear the term “cosmetic dentistry” a lot, but what does it really mean?

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses the dental techniques and procedures that create a more pleasing smile for you. Dentists who want to improve the skills they gained in dental school must look to special continuing education to achieve their goals. There currently is no advanced degree in cosmetic dentistry, so any general dentist can use the term “cosmetic dentist” to describe their work. There is one way to know that your dentist has the skills and experience to provide you the highest-quality treatment.

Dr. Britt Is an Accredited Member of the AACD

I am happy to tell you that I have put in many hours of post–dental school training in order to become highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry. I’ve also devoted many additional hours toward achieving accreditation with the AACD so that you and each of my other patients will have a way to confirm my skill in cosmetic dentistry. I will continue training for the rest of my career so I will always be able to offer you the best dentistry available.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)

The AACD was founded in 1984 and has become the largest and most trusted organization for cosmetic dentistry in the world. The members developed standards for cosmetic dentistry, and the organization is dedicated to responsible esthetics. There are now over 6,000 dental professional members in the AACD worldwide.

As I mentioned earlier, for a dentist to excel in cosmetic dentistry, he or she must pursue additional training after leaving dental school. Fortunately, there are education programs in cosmetic dentistry available that fulfill this need. The AACD has learning opportunities for its dentist members and offers accreditation to applicants who pass rigorous tests of their clinical skills, case presentations, and an oral exam. Gaining accreditation requires an investment of time that can take several years to accomplish. It is a rare achievement — there are no more than 350 accredited members of the AACD in the world, and I am happy to be one of them!

If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile, or if you are having dental problems of any kind, please contact my office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

All the best,
Dr. Britt