Ernest H. McDowell


Ernest H. McDowell is certified by the American Board of Orthodontists.

He has been creating beautiful smiles and enhancing self confidence in thousands of patients since 1987.

"My greatest passion for creating beautiful smiles comes from the positive difference it makes in people’s lives."

"It's always amazing and fulfilling to see what a difference a stunning smile makes in overall self-esteem and self-confidence. A person who smiles is always happier!"

Dr. McDowell is committed to remaining at the cutting edge of techniques and technologies. Only a small percentage of orthodontists are board certified, and he and his staff are uniquely qualified and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all malocclusions.

Doctor McDowell has achieved an Elite Provider Status for Invisalign due to his extensive level of education and experience with this exciting new technology. This level is awarded to only the top 1% of Invisalign Providers in the world!

He was born and raised in Pinellas County, graduating from Dixie Hollins High School in 1977. He then attended the University of South Florida, receiving a BA in Biology in 1981. From there, Ernest H. McDowell received his D.M.D. degree at the University of Florida, graduating with honors in 1985. His residency in Orthodontics was completed at the University of Louisville in 1987, after which he returned to Pinellas County to begin his private practice. Ernest H. McDowell remains currently active in lecturing to the orthodontic residents at both the University of Florida as well as Nova University.

He has been published in the national orthodontic publications as well as presenting topics both nationally and internationally. Dr. McDowell remains active in the local and national dental and orthodontic societies, serving on the Upper Pinellas Dental Board from 1996-2003, culminating in the Presidency in 2003. Because of his commitment to the community, Dr. McDowell is very involved in various activities that enhance the lives of many children and adults.  Every year, he is a sponsor of six separate Little League baseball and softball teams throughout Pinellas County., He also participates in local health fairs, various YMCAs, community projects, and more. In addition, he and his staff are constantly involved with local schools, discussing oral health topics.


Our offices serve the orthodontic needs of both children and adults, up to age 21, in Tampa Bay. Florida Orthodontic Associates doctors and staff have years of experience provide individualized treatment to each patient.