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AACD Poster Competition

Without the dedication and passion of the dental community, the advancements of cosmetic dentistry would not be where they are today. The AACD Poster Competition creates an outlet for undergraduate and postgraduate students, junior dental faculty, along with clinicians and researchers, to share their scientific findings and to promote greater interaction within the dental community.




Call for Posters 

Undergraduate and postgraduate students are encouraged to share their research in the following areas:

  • Clinical Case

    • Porcelain Veneers (1 or more porcelain Restorations)

    • Direct Composite Bonded Veneer (1 or more Restorations)

    • Class IV Bonded Restoration(s)

    • Bleaching

    • Anterior All-Ceramic Crown(s)

    • Anterior Bridge All-Ceramic Bridge

    • Anterior Implant Crown(s)


    • Click here to download a sample poster

  • Material Science


Grading Criteria

  • For Clinical Case Submissions

    • General neatness and flow of information

    • Abstract and/or Introduction explain chief complaint and problem

    • Clear presentation of Treatment Plan and Materials used

    • Degree of difficulty of case

    • Esthetic outcome of case

  • For Material Science

    • General neatness and flow of information

    • Abstract and/or Introduction explain hypothesis and problem

    • Clear presentation of Methods and Materials

    • Relevance to clinical dentistry, proper references

    • Overall knowledge of the field and presentation

Submission Instructions

To enter the AACD Poster Competition, you must follow the guidelines below:

  • AACD Membership is required for participation in this competition.  Click here to join AACD.

  • Your poster and a copy of the AACD Poster Competition Submission Form, must be submitted to university@aacd.com no later than.  This deadline has been extended has not been determined at this time.

    • All poster submissions must have faculty approval and signature

  • Poster must be submitted as a pdf

  • In large letters at the top of the poster, be sure to include the title, author name(s), and the institution, if applicable, where the work was completed.

  • For Clinical Case Submissions:  Describe your case presentation type and outcomes you have tried to attain.  There should be some description to the types of materials used and disciplines involved.

  • Poster must include the following (8) eight photo** views:

    • Full Face (frontal view) – 1:10, before and after

    • Full Smile (frontal view, non-retracted) – 1:2, before and after

    • Retracted (front view) – arches slightly separated – 1:2, before and after

    • Occlusal View – 1:2, before and after of the arch treated

    • **Photos should be in jpg format and cannot be altered except to crop or adjust the contrast.  All work done should be your own work and original in nature under the supervision of your faculty mentor(s).

  • For Material Science Submissions: Describe your hypothesis, problem, methods and materials used. You should also include the names and manufacturers of materials used in the study. Only In Vitro (Bench Top) cases will be accepted. Details and description as to how the study was run, discussion as to any previous work in the area including citations will be required. The final results attained and their clinical relevance in esthetic dentistry will be of importance in the final evaluation of the project.  Individuals submitting a materials science poster may choose to present data/charts to support their abstract, but it is not required. Any work showed, not the author(s) of this poster, must have references as to origin.

Other Important Dates

To be determined  Students will be notified if their poster has been accepted into the competition.  Notification will be sent via email along with other instructions for uploading the poster to the judging portal.


Posters will be judged by a panel of AACD members unaffiliated with the Credentialing arm of the Academy.  In consideration that participants are beginning to explore education in cosmetic dentistry, the AACD Credentialing standards will not be applied to the judgment of this poster session. Recognition in the poster session does not imply compliance with the AACD's Credentialing Standards nor does it imply the achievement of Accreditation or Accreditation-level dentistry.  

To be determined  Winners will be announced.

Poster Competition Awards

Undergraduate Clinical Case  

First place: $200; Second place: $150; Third Place $100

Postgraduate Clinical Case  

First place: $200; Second place: $150; Third Place $100

Undergraduate Materials Science 

First place: $200

Postgraduate Materials Science

First place: $200


Tips for Poster Creation

  • Posters should stimulate discussion. Therefore, keep text to a minimum, emphasize graphics and photos, and make sure every item in your poster is necessary.

  • Draw a rough sketch of your poster first. You may find it helpful to use graph paper and post-it notes to better visualize where the components of your presentation will go.

  • Space your information proportionally by dividing your poster either horizontally or vertically into three or four sections. Then place related materials (e.g. photograph with accompanying text) close together and highlight it by framing with blank space.


Honorable Esthetic Achievement Poster Students Competition (HEAPS) 

Each University Educator Forum school and their faculty are invited to design and implement a poster competition that will showcase the clinical case work of their students of esthetic dentistry.  The details of the competition must be sent to the AACD for consideration of eligibility to university@aacd.com, and the winners of each competition will be determined.
To be considered for this HEAPS AWARD, the following conditions must be met:
  1. The awarded school must be an AACD University Educators’ Forum School and have a representative at the AACD Orlando 2022 University Educators' Forum.
  2. The awarded school must present the award to the student at the graduation ceremony or at an appropriate awards ceremony where comparable awards are presented. They must send a photo of the student receiving the award to the AACD at university@aacd.com.
  3. The HEAPS award winners must attend the conference and will present their posters at the University Educator's Forum.  They must also display their poster in the designated area at the conference.
  4. Each award winner will receive a certificate from AACD and a monetary award of $500 USD. 
  5. The Award will only be available to the first 5 schools that identify a dental student that is judged by the school to have performed the best esthetic clinical case outcome. The files must be electronically sent to the attention of Poster Session Coordinator at email. It should include an abstract and color photographs of the full poster in digital format (PowerPoint best).
Although there is a deadline, please be aware that only the first 5 schools that identify and submit their student’s posters will be considered for this award. (No more than one student from each AACD University Educators’ Forum School is eligible)



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