First of all, we should name the Academy of General Dentistry, one of the oldest dentistry academies. It was founded in 1951 as a club for dental study. Several specialists and their leader and initiator Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew met in March of that year and decided to organize the club that would be a center of dental study. The colleagues had a serious goal to improve the quality of cure and to spread the dental education. At first there were only interesting lectures. Their first course took place on the base of University of Illinois, only 20 people attended it. But they wished to make serious researches and investigation and find new means in dentistry. And they succeeded.
Nowadays the Academy of General Dentistry is the one of the dentistry academies, which has 37000 members. It includes institutions, laboratories, special referral clinics, scientific and researching centers etc. from the USA and Canada. It offers also a postgraduate education. You can find more information concerning cure, scientific dental researches, new means in practical dentistry, the history and activity of Academy of General Dentistry at its web site.
We want to draw your attention to the Academy of Dentistry International. It is transnational institution aimed at continuing education and high level and quality of dentistry and high dental standard. Its leader is Albert Wasserman, D.D.S and his ideas became the goad for the whole organization. Among its activity there is sponsoring education and dental researches and projects. But the main goal is to work on the improvement of dental and oral health all over the world.
Officially it was found in October, 17, 1974. At first nonprofit organizations were the only members of the Academy. Now it incorporates its campuses all over the world including Asia, the Pacific, Europe and Japanese.
In 1975, the journal called "International Communicator" was established. It is a place to exchange the experience and knowledge. Now you can find seminars programs, local and national meetings, international tape, textbook, and journals, etc.
Academy of Dentistry International is a member of Health Volunteers. Today an applicant should have a dental degree of five years before application and complete a biographical file and send it to the Academy. More details you can find at the web site of the Academy.
One of the youngest dentistry academies is Academy of Laser Dentistry. It was found in 1993 on the base of three American dentistry academies specialized in laser dentistry. Today it includes clinics, laboratories, scientific and researching centers, and commercial manufacturers of lasers. Among its activity you can find education, scientific researches, improvement of high laser dentistry standards.
It is specialized in laser using in dental and oral cure and service. This field is developing nowadays and seems to be a very prospective direction of dentistry. Because it concerns not only with dental cure and surgery but also with aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry that is developing nowadays and attracting more and more patients. It is a new direction of dentistry and there are many unopened doors still to discover in the field.