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Cosmetic Dentist in Michigan Discusses Importance of AACD Accreditation

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Accreditation from AACD Essential According to Kalamazoo Cosmetic Dentist

According to the most recent American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the number of male patients undergoing a cosmetic dental procedure increased to 40% of the total patients in 2011 and the number of patients age 20 and under has grown by 12% since 2007. Michigan cosmetic dentist Dr. Brett Magnuson says with the popularity of cosmetic dentistry shifting to a younger, more balanced demographic, patients need to be aware of the importance of choosing a dentist with extensive experience, noteworthy credentials, and accreditation from the AACD.

At his center for cosmetic dentistry in Kalamazoo, MI, Dr. Brett Magnuson says he is seeing a growing popularity in cosmetic dental enhancements amongst younger patients. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) confirms his observations, reporting in its latest study that the number of patients age 20 and below has increased by 12% since 2007. The study also shows that males are undergoing more aesthetic procedures, with men rising to 40% of the total number of patients in 2011. Dr. Magnuson says as the younger population continues to seek cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers in Michigan, consulting with an accredited member of the AACD is essential for receiving the best results. He says the popularity of cosmetic procedures amongst a younger generation necessitates continued dedication to the advancement of dental techniques and technology, whether it be in cosmetic dentistry or a related field such as sedation dentistry in Michigan.

Dr. Magnuson says the accreditation process provides a thorough and calculable system for assessing the qualifications of dentists based on a written examination, clinical case submission, and an oral examination. As an AACD examiner, he administers oral examinations to dentists seeking accreditation from the AACD, evaluating case selection, diagnosis, and treatment planning. “The individuals involved are those seasoned examiners that have been involved with the clinical submissions. Typically this involves 6 examiners.”

Whether patients are seeking porcelain veneers or teeth whitening, Dr. Magnuson says all patients will benefit from systems of qualification and evaluation such as the AACD accreditation. He says patients should be sure to research a practice thoroughly before undergoing any procedure. Dr. Magnuson also adds that he is thankful for the opportunity to promote cosmetic dentistry and quality patient care through his participation as an AACD examiner. “It is a way of taking my years of experience and giving back to the academy as well as the profession.”

About The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Oral Examination

According to the AACD, there are two reasons for the oral examination on the way to accreditation with the organization. First, the oral exam allows the dentist to defend and verify past casework. Second, the exam provides the potential AACD member with the chance to demonstrate their treatment planning abilities. AACD oral examiners scrutinize each case and rely on their experience and expertise to ensure the new members of the organization continue to meet the highest cosmetic dentistry standards.

Dr. Magnuson will participate in the next round of oral examinations, scheduled to take place Friday, January 20, and Saturday, January 21, 2012.

About Brett Magnuson, DMD

Dr. Brett Magnuson received his dental education from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He is one of only ten dentists in the state of Michigan and 302 dentists worldwide to have received accreditation from the AACD. Dr. Magnuson is an accredited member and Accreditation Examiner for the AACD, as well as a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the International Congress of Implantologists, the Michigan Dental Association, and several other professional organizations. He has been named one of America’s Top Dentists by the Consumer’s Research Council. Dr. Magnuson also contributes to the Give Back a Smile Foundation for victims of domestic violence and also the AACD Foundation Disaster Relief Fund to aid those affected by the hurricanes of 2005, the tsunami of 2004, and the California wildfires in 2007.

Located at 2901 S Westnedge Ave in Kalamazoo, MI, Dr. Magnuson’s practice can be reached at (269) 290-7275. It can also be contacted online via the website or


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