To become part of the American Dental Association, choose the type of membership, fill out the form and submit the fees. The American Dental Association provides many different memberships, which are separated by the practice or course of study. There is a different application process and form to be filled out for each type of membership.
As of 2015, approximately 18,000 dental students and 158,000 dentists are members of the American Dental Association. There are more than 10 different types of membership from which to choose. This includes the tripartite membership, which is through each state’s dental society; the ASDA and ADA predoctoral membership for dental students; and the federal dental services membership for dentists who are in the military. With this membership, national level dues are required, but not at local or state levels.
If there is a dentist practicing outside the U.S., an affiliate ADA membership is available. This is only eligible to dentists who do not have an active U.S. dental license. For dentists who are licensed in the U.S. and practicing abroad, there is the international membership. The direct membership is for dentists who are licensed in one state, but are practicing in another state as a consultant or dental school faculty member. There is an associate membership for dentists who are working on research and education within the dental field.