British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) Accredited Member Status

British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) Accreditation is the first and only formal recognition of excellence in cosmetic dentistry in the UK. Dr Tim Bradstock-Smith is one of the first few dentists to receive this accolade.

Up until Nov 2007 there was no recognized qualification in cosmetic dentistry in this country. Any general dentist can advertise themselves as a cosmetic dentist regardless of training or experience beyond the basic dental degree and there are no regulations in place to protect the public.

With this in mind, In November 2003 a group of dentists, many of them leading practitioners in the field of cosmetic dentistry formed the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The aims of the BACD are to promote the practice of quality cosmetic dentistry within the profession and to educate the public.

The BACD recently introduced credentials to allow its members to demonstrate that they have reached an agreed level of ability. The process is designed to allow dentists to demonstrate that they have the ability to diagnose, plan and execute cosmetic treatment of the highest standard, and that this can be done safely, ethically and competently.

The accreditation involves the anonymous submission of clinical cases of before and after pictures, showing cases which have been prepared by the candidate working independently. When these are all passed there is a Viva examination where candidates are asked to produce a treatment plan following a diagnosis and answer questions from examiners about treatment methods chosen and materials used.

Candidates who successfully complete the exam receive an Accreditation Plaque, allowing them to state themselves as an "Accredited Member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry".

The BACD is now the largest cosmetic dental organization in the UK with over 850 members. At the BACD annual conference in November 2007, Dr Tim Bradstock-Smith was one of the first to become an Accredited Member of the BACD, along with 3 other UK dentists, one technician and one US dentist.