The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recently awarded Chatsworth Dentist Dr. Bernie B. Villadiego accredited status for excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Villadiego is the first and only dentist in the North San Fernando Valley to receive accreditation by the AACD. Out of the 9000 AACD members, less than 260 dentists in the world have successfully completed the rigorous accreditation testing of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. “I wanted to prove to myself that I can be part of this very elite group of cosmetic dentists world wide,” stated Dr. Villadiego. “Achieving this accreditation assures my patients that they are in very capable and experienced hands.”
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an accredited member “has completed extensive training and education in cosmetic dentistry. In addition, this credentialed dentist or technician has successfully passed a rigorous Accreditation Board Examination and has demonstrated a very high level of technical skill and ability in cosmetic dentistry.”
Dr. Villadiego earned his credentials by passing a stringent process of clinical examinations and oral presentations administered before a panel of accredited dentists from across the United States. Accreditation is an honor requiring years of study and preparation.
“There are many dentists out there who advertise that they perform cosmetic dentistry, but a lot of them are barely out of school with no experience or unmotivated to learn the new materials and techniques available today,” says Dr. Villadiego. He explained, “There has to be a way the consumer can understand who is capable of performing these procedures. Not all dentists have the knowledge, the skill, the judgment, and the experience to perform excellent cosmetic procedures. The accreditation process assures that the dentist has all these attributes and very credible.”
Presently there is no American Dental Association (ADA) recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry. In 1984 the AACD was formed by a group of forward-thinking individuals, dedicated to continuing education in the rapidly evolving field of cosmetic dentistry. The AACD developed a credentialing process for cosmetic dentistry, which has become the standard of excellence in the field worldwide. An accreditation process was developed in order to recognize, as well as scrutinize, the work of those who wished to set themselves apart as excellent cosmetic dentists. The consumer can then distinguish those capable of performing complicated cosmetic procedures. For more information about the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, they can be reached at 800-543-9220 or www.aacd.com.