For most people, an appealing smile is an important part of the overall impression a person makes. An American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey found:
- More than 92% of adults agree that an attractive smile is an important asset.
- Nearly as many, close to 88%, say they always remember someone with an especially attractive smile.
- 85% agree that an unattractive smile makes a person less appealing to people of the opposite sex.
- 74% agree that an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances for career success.
- Only one half of Americans are satisfied with their smile.
Many adults want to change their smiles. Some want to correct problems they have had since childhood such as discolored, gapped, or crooked teeth. Others want to fix conditions they've developed over time, like cracked or worn-down teeth, to help create a more youthful smile.
Established in 1984, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is the largest international organization specifically dedicated to the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. The AACD's mission is to provide comprehensive and innovative educational opportunities, to encourage and support research in all phases of cosmetic dentistry, and to disseminate information on cosmetic dentistry to the public and profession. The AACD sponsors and supports advanced continuing education and has an Accreditation Program for dentists wishing to receive certification in cosmetic dentistry.
Dentists who are accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, like Dr. Matthew Bernal, have extensive experience in the expanding field of cosmetic dentistry and use both science and artistry to help individuals create the smile they most desire. Cosmetic dentists are up-to-date on the latest techniques and are best resource for someone who is seeking a professional to redesign their smile.