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Dr. Gillis speaks on Accreditation with the AACD

April 16, 2018

AACD Accreditation – Purpose, Benefits, Process

Accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) serves to set standards for excellence in cosmetic dentistry.  Dr. Julie Gillis became Accredited with the AACD in 1997.  She was the very first dentist to become accredited in Colorado and is now one of only three dentists in Colorado and about 600 dentists around the world that have attained this honor.  Dr. Gillis has server the AACD for years as an examiner for other dentists and dental lab technicians currently trying to become accredited.  Accreditation represents the acknowledgment of a doctor’s or dental technician’s excellence in cosmetic dentistry.  Accreditation and the examination process are administered by the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Dr. Gillis currently serves on this board.

Dr Gillis (third from right) and members of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry

Accreditation is a three-part process consisting of a Written Examination, Clinical Case Submissions for Examination and an Oral Examination.  Each part must be completed in sequence.  The candidate has flexibility to proceed at a pace that works best for the individual as long as the process is completed by the fifth Annual Scientific Session following passing the Written Exam.

The Written Examination tests the candidate’s foundational knowledge in cosmetic dentistry. Dentists who are knowledgeable in all phases of cosmetic dentistry are expected to pass the test. The Written Examination is administered at the Annual Scientific Session and at additional dates as directed by the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry. The Annual Scientific Session is held in the spring at different locations, and is publicized well in advance of the meeting date.  Dr. Gillis is proud to serve as the chair of the Written Examination Committee and has done this for years.

Dr Gillis notes, “I have a strong belief in the value of the AACD credential.  I followed an unconventional path to dentistry by training and working as an entry-level architect and illustrator for firms in the Denver area.  Dentistry allowed me to take these hand/eye skills to a new level of ‘micro architecture’ in the field of dentistry.  During my first American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) meeting in 1995, I met several accredited members and knew that this was important for my career.  In two years I completed the amazing process of accreditation.”

The process of accreditation continues to evolve and improve so that it is better for dentists, better for their patients, and better recognition by the public.  I would like to see the accreditation process become something that every dentist with an interest in cosmetic dentistry wants to achieve.   I firmly believe in the purpose of the AACD as it is also my purpose, ‘to create exciting learning and social environments where the confluence of health, beauty, and function inspire excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry.’

I believe responsible esthetics with an emphasis on health should be a goal for all dental professionals and certainly is a personal goal of mine.   The AACD core ideology is that cosmetic dentistry should integrate interdisciplinary medical and dental treatment to enhance a patient’s quality of life and comfort.

I personally try to gain insight from every lecture I attend to improve the quality of my dental care and treatment, the quality of my patient’s oral health, patient’s comfort during our dental treatment, and the quality of dental care and the work environment provided for and by my entire team.  Any dentist wishing to improve the quality of their dental care will benefit by becoming accredited in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry!

Sincerely yours,

Julie M. Gillis, DDS AAACD

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health









Who is Dr. Julie Gillis in the World of Dentistry?

April 4, 2018

Thank you to so many for helping me get where I am today!

Who is Dr. Julie Gillis in the world of dentistry?

My team and I are committed to continuing education.  In fact each year, we exceed the requirements for state licensing.  We constantly work to update our skills and implement new technologies to provide you with the highest quality dentistry as efficiently and comfortably as possible.

Again this spring, I will be attending the annual scientific session of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Along with my position as chairman of the Written Exam Committee for Accreditation in the Academy, for the past two years I have also served on the Professional Education Committee and the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry. 

These positions keep my passion alive for learning all I can about dentistry’s new technologies, materials, and techniques.  Experts from all over the world lecture and provide hands-on courses during this week-long session.

Dr. Gillis followed an unconventional path to dentistry by training and working as an entry-level architect and illustrator for firms in the Denver area.  “Dentistry allowed me to take these hand/eye skills to a new level of ‘micro architecture’ in the field of dentistry.  During my first American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) meeting in 1995 I met several accredited members and knew that this was important for my career.  In two years I completed the amazing process of accreditation.”  Dr Gillis serves  or has served in the  following leadership positions:

  • Accredited member of the AACD since 1997 – Dr Gillis was the first dentist in Colorado to become accredited and now is one of only three dentists who have achieved this honor.   We hope that more dentists will achieve accredited status for the benefit of their patients and their practices!
  • Accreditation Examiner for the AACD since 1998 helping other dentists to become accredited
  • Chairman of the Written Exam Committee in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011 – 2018 and as a member on this committee since 2001
  • Contributing editor for the AACD Journal since 2010
  • Several years volunteering within the AACD as a new member mentor, speaker host, meeting help, and assistance with photography seminars.
  • Contributing editor for the AACD Journal since 2010
  • Volunteering history including 25 year volunteer for the Dental Lifeline Network and Colorado Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped as well as sponsoring many Free Dental Days in our office for patients who could not otherwise afford dental treatment.
  • Give Back a Smile volunteer to serve victims of domestic abuse

Dr Gillis is an accomplished and energetic dentist with a solid history of achievement in Cosmetic and Restorative dentistry.  She believes in giving back to her local community as well.  She had donated time and services to groups such as Donated Dental Services since she started practicing.  Along with her talented team, she held a Free Dental Day for many years to give dental care to those who could not otherwise afford it.  A motto that Dr. Gillis believes in and lives by is, ‘People are important, Simple is better, and Always strive for Improvement.’

I look forward to providing you with the best dentistry has to offer!

Restoring smiles,  Restoring health

 Dr. Julie Gillis and Team

Is your smile REALLY important? Yes!

January 16, 2013

A Picture Perfect Smile:
The Secret to Attractiveness At Any Age
It’s no secret that we only have one chance to make a lasting first impression, which can often shape how we are perceived and remembered in both our social and professionals lives. A new study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) finds that a great smile can be our greatest asset – a feature that remains attractive even as we age and goes a long way in nailing an incredible first impression.
Perhaps this is why most people consider their smiles a worthwhile investment and would be willing to open up their wallets to preserve their pearly whites.

Smile withstand the test of time
Perhaps a person’s smile makes such an impact on first impressions because we believe it is the one feature that will always be attractive no matter how old we get.
A Timeless Smile. About (45%) of survey participants agree a smile is the most attractive feature, no matter their age. Conversely, very few think that the body (10%), hair (6%), or legs (5%) are as appealing as we age.
Roughly half (54%) of respondents ages 50+ attest that a smile can withstand the test of time most attractively as someone ages, compared with 39 percent of 18-49 year-olds who feel the same.
Given the importance of a perfect smile, most people surveyed would be willing to spend money safeguarding their teeth as they age.
Preventative Measures. A whopping 80 percent admit they would spend money to maintain a youthful appearance. More women than men (84% vs. 75%) are willing to make this investment. And since many believe that turning 30 gives you plenty to dread, it’s not surprising that people ages 30-39 are more likely than any other age groups (88% vs. 78%) to consider shelling out money for their looks.

Worth the Fight. More than three in five (62%) of them would spend their money to maintain the quality of their teeth.

Most people will pay to maintain a great smile
Not Worth the Money? And while they recognize that their hair or legs are not as likely to remain as attractive as their smile once they age, fewer would be willing to spend money to address thinning hair (33%) or unsightly veins on their legs (28%) than they would on their teeth.
Last on the List. Other aging imperfections or flaws such as excess weight (48%), dark under-eye circles (33%), and wrinkles (31%) are more likely to be ignored than their teeth.

There’s only one chance to make a lasting first impression and a smile can go a long way.

A smile makes a first impression

Say Cheese. Close to one in two (48%) people believe that a smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone – more so than the first
thing a person says (25%). Those ages 50+ are more likely than their 18-49 year-old counterparts (52% vs. 45%) to remember a smile when first introduced to someone.
The Minor Things. And nothing else even comes close to the impact a great smile can make. Fewer Americans would be likely to remember a person’s clothes (9%) or the way he or she smelled (8%) after meeting for the first time.
BEST FACE FORWARD:smile to be less attractive (37%) and less confident (25%) than those with perfect teeth. More women than men (40% vs. 35%) agree that an imperfect smile makes someone less appealing than a person with a perfect smile.

Click here to see a press release on aging and beauty.
Download the Kelton Survey BreakOut Report

A flawed smile makes you less attractive

About the survey: The AACD Smile survey was conducted by Kelton between August 17th and August 23rd, 2012 among 1,018 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over, using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by thenumber of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. The margin of error for any subgroups will be slightly higher.
We love to give our patient’s information and options about their dental treatment – cosmetic or otherwise! Dr. Gillis has advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and is an Accredited Dentist with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Our office is dedicated to helping you save your teeth and helping you to maintain a healthy mouth. We would be happy to answer your questions about your smile, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, options for your treatment and your dental health! Please visit us on Facebook (see Julie M Gillis DDS PC) or call us if you have any questions or concerns. You can also email our office at jmgdds@qwestoffice.net for further information.
Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”

AACD dentists “Give Back a Smile!”

January 14, 2012

 Dr. Julie Gillis, DDS Helps Domestic Violence Survivors Through Give Back a Smile

Grand Junction, CO (January 4, 2012)—More than five million individuals are affected by domestic violence each year in the U.S. and Canada, and local dentist Dr. Gillis is helping heal the effects by participating in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program. Dr. Gillis is one of many volunteer dentists involved with GBAS, which is available to restore the damaged smiles of eligible adult survivors of intimate partner violence.

“One in four women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime. Chances are, you know someone who’s been affected,” said Dr. Gillis. “GBAS has restored the smiles of more than 1,000 intimate partner violence survivors to date, and we’re looking to help even more. If you know of someone who has suffered injuries to the smile-zone at the hands of a former intimate partner or spouse, please contact GBAS.”

GBAS volunteer dentists provide smile-zone restoration treatment at no charge to eligible adult survivors of intimate partner violence. Survivors apply for services through GBAS, and must make an appointment with a counselor, domestic violence advocate, social worker or therapist to complete the advocate section of the GBAS application.

GBAS conducts the initial review of the application, and the volunteer dentist makes the final determination of eligibility. GBAS will connect initially qualified applicants with a local GBAS volunteer, who then provides treatment at no charge. All applicants must fulfill certain criteria established by GBAS.

If you or you know of someone that could be helped by GBAS, or someone who would like to get involved in the program, please visit the GBAS website at www.giveback a smile.com or call toll-free 800.773.4227 for more information.