What is the AACD?

September 21, 2018 Meza Admin

Meza Dental Care is home for two AACD accredited doctors. Two highly-skilled and experienced doctors working together to deliver an outstanding service to patients worldwide, which is something you don’t see very often.

But before discussing why you should select an AACD dentist, you should know exactly what an AACD Dentist is.

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 AACD include a variety of dental professionals: cosmetic and reconstructive dentists, dental laboratory technicians, researchers, hygienists, and dental assistants. These professionals have displayed an interest in furthering their education in order to bring their patients the latest advancements in cosmetic dental techniques, materials, and technology. Today than ever, continuing education is very important for practitioners because the field of cosmetic dentistry is on the cutting edge of technology.

The accreditation is a very arduous and laborious process, it starts with a high level written examination, once someone passes the exam the five-year period begins. During this period different workshops, reviews of clinical cases and more examinations take place. After all clinical cases have been passed, the candidate receives an invitation to an oral examination.

The Accreditation Oral Examination is an opportunity for the dentist to verify and authenticate passed casework and treatment planning abilities. The candidate may be asked questions about case selection, diagnosis and treatment planning, or materials and techniques on any of their passed clinical case submissions. Knowledge should clearly demonstrate a familiarity and understanding of these cases.

Just becoming eligible for the Oral Examination is a huge achievement, these are the requirements any dentist has to meet in order to apply:

  • The dentist must have passed all five required clinical cases/lab technicians must have passed all three required clinical cases
  • Attended at least half of the annual scientific sessions, beginning with the session or testing center that the dentist/lab technician took and passed the written examination
  • Application, fee, and external flash drive must be received at the AACD Executive Office by the specified date. The fee is $500 for members and $725 for non-members (USD) and is non-refundable.
  • The dentist/lab technician may defer appearance for the oral examination as long as all three phases of the Accreditation process are completed within the time limit. If the oral examination is postponed in writing at least two months in advance an administrative fee of $125 (USD) must be paid to reschedule. If the oral examination is postponed with less than two months notice, the fee will be forfeited.

By choosing an AACD cosmetic dentist at Meza Dental in Costa Rica, you’ve selected a professional that cares enough to stay at the forefront of their expertise, ensuring that you receive the most current and beneficial care available today.

The Meza Team understands that your smile is a direct expression of who you are. If you are looking for the best option to perfect your smile, then it is always worthwhile to consider an AACD accredited cosmetic dentist like the one you will find at Meza Dental Care.

For information or a free estimate, please contact us today! OR Give us a call today Toll Free from U.S. & Canada 1-(877)-337-6392 to find out how we can help you attain the smile you have always dreamed of at a cost you can afford!