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Credit: Steve Barrett, DDS

About Us

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry takes pride in our ability to advance the art and science of comprehensive esthetic and restorative dentistry, but beyond that, we have some amazingly creative dentists and laboratory technicians in our midst and this is their opportunity to showcase some of their dental art and portrait photography.

Every smile has a story. Some take hours and some take months. Every smile takes dedication inspired by nature and nurtured by skill. The AACD presents your opportunity to showcase your clinical and artistic talents. Be one of the AACD’s top dental artists. Showcase your accomplishments to your patients. Your masterpieces deserve to be recognized. Join the excitement and enter the AACD Smile Portrait Competition. Show the world your stunning portraits. Show the world your dental art. Show us what you’re made of!

Winners will receive an official AACD Smile Portrait Competition Winner glass trophy along, along with public recognition on the AACD website, in AACD email communications, and on all AACD social media platforms (200k+ followers).

Award Categories

The winner will be the entry that has the most votes by the public.


Rising Stars

AACD members/students/residents/lab technicians who have been 10 years or less out of dental school/technician school.

Smile Design Aficionados

AACD dentists and technicians that have been in the profession for more than 10 years.

Smile Art

This category is open to all dental professionals of all experience levels and explores the creative display of dental art in the smile with a portrait and/or closeup of the smile. The winner will be the entry that has the most votes by the Public for being the most artistic composition.


To vote, simply click on the entry you wish to vote from the Gallery - a Vote button will be available on Entry view screen.

You may vote once for free daily. If you would like to purchase votes, you may do by pressing Vote and purchasing a Vote block option that appears.

Competition Timeline

  • April 27th, 2022 - Accepting Submissions
  • July 1st, 2022 - Submission Deadline
  • July 5th, 2022 - Voting Begins!
  • August 5th, 2022 - Voting Ends
  • August, 2022 - Winners Announced and Awarded
Credit: Gordon Chee, DDS

How To Submit

Competition entries will require submission of high-resolution quality portraits or artistic smile images with a selective focus on the smile to showcase the clinical work. At least 4 anterior restorations are required to be eligible for the portrait competition.

This unique competition portal will allow participants to share their entries on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Instagram. Members are encouraged to email their friends, family, and patients to encourage viewing, voting, and discussions about their submissions. 

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