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.