AACD membership ‘record high’

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Membership to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) has increased to a record level for the fifth consecutive year.

The organisation now has 8,045 members in 70 different countries and attributes the growth to the "overall boom" in the industry over the last few years.

"Being able to lead the profession in the art and science of dental education and effectively communicate these benefits to the public is important," commented AACD president Laura Kelly.

She claimed that the worldwide membership portrays how popular cosmetic dentistry has become globally.

According to research by the AACD, cosmetic dental revenues reached $495,000 (£250,000) per practice during 2007. This equates to $2.75 billion across all 5,500 practices in the sample, a 15 per cent increase in two years.

The survey also found that the number of cosmetic dentistry patients increased by 12.8 per cent during 2005-07, reaching around 2.69 million last year.ADNFCR-1374-ID-18417338-ADNFCR

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