Test Full Name: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
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How to Enroll For AACD Membership
Cosmetic dentistry involves something other than the usual treatment carried out by dentists as a routine part of their day's work, such as the removal of decayed teeth, filling gaps in teeth or treating gum diseases for example.
Cosmetic dentistry involves more intensive routines aimed at improving your smile, teeth whitening, teeth bleaching, repairing chipped or broken teeth, even adding tooth caps to lengthen teeth, and gum padding to puff out your cheeks a little.
All of this work tends to be outside the realms of the usual High St. dentist although he/she can improve their dental business and attract more clients if an interest in cosmetic dentistry is developed and accreditation is obtained from the AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry).
The AACD was originally formed in December 1984 by the Doctors, Jack Kammer (the founder) along with his co-founder Jeff Morley both of whom who the dream of creating an organization dedicated to the science of cosmetic dentistry. Since that date the AACD has developed into a worldwide organization containing a large number of dental professionals.
How to Enroll for AACD Membership
Membership is open to any professional involved within the field of dentistry including not only practicing dentists, but dental technicians or dental laboratory technicians; in fact anyone involved in the profession who is striving for clinical excellence within the profession is free to apply for membership
The obvious first step to enroll for membership is to obtain the appropriate membership application form. And having completed the form and paid the appropriate fees in accordance with the type of membership desired, membership will commence from that date and expire on the last day of that month in the following year.
Here are the membership categories from which you can choose along with selection boxes from which the time period of the AACD membership can be selected and an indication of the fees associated with such membership.
1. Select the appropriate Membership category. (Three choices)
- Dental Laboratory Technician
- Supporting Member
2. Choose the Term of Membership.(Three choices)
- One Year - $495
- Two Years - $855
- Three Years -$1.235
3. Other Categories of Membership.
- Corporate Member - $2,500 per year
- Full Time Faculty/Non-Practicing Dentist - $135 per year.
- Resident - $105 per year (Requires documentation to support enrollment application). See below.
- Dental Hygienist - $105 per year
- Recent Graduate Dentist - $105 per year (Requires documentation to support enrollment application) See below.
- Dental Assistant - $105 per year.
- Student - $25 per year (Requires documentation to support enrollment application). See below.
Please note that for the Resident category of AACD membership application, it should be supported by a signed and dated letter from the appropriate Residency department clearly indicating the start and end dates of the Residency.
For the Recent Graduate category of AACD membership, then the application should be supported by a copy of the Graduation Diploma, and it should be noted that this category is only open for a period of up to 2 years following the completion of Dental Education.
For the Student category of AACD membership, then the application should be supported by a current photocopy of student identification plus a signed and dated copy of a letter indicating the start of the Educational Program.
It should further be noted that for Federal Income Tax purposes the AACD enrollment membership fees are a non-deductible item as a charitable contribution, but maybe a deductible item against business expenses. It is worth while checking with an income tax advisor.
Having become a member of the AACD following completion of the membership application form and paying the appropriate fees it is now possible to gain accreditation by undergoing a training course and passing the AACD certification exam. This encourages further education and direct interface with other accredited members in order to achieve a standard of par excellence within the dental profession.
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