"Do it yourself braces"... Fact or Fiction?

In recent months, the term "do it yourself braces" has made headlines.   In fact, Dr. McEntire was approached by a local news station to be a subject matter expert and was interviewed for a news segment which aired this month! Here are the facts...

  • You can find ANYTHING on the internet. The fact that someone else did it, does not make it safe.
  • Orthodontists spent 6-7 years after college learning about the ideal position, shape, and health of each tooth. They're available to help!
  • Trying to move a tooth yourself could alter your bite, and the results could be very unstable.

Did you know that a consultation to meet with an orthodontist is typically free of charge? We recommend speaking directly with an orthodontist to help you determine your best course of action when it comes to straightening your teeth.  While "do it yourself braces" may sound intriguing, there are some negative outcomes that are easily avoided by simply seeking professional guidance. 

Dr. Ed and Dr. McEntire sharpen their skills!


Most days, Dr. Ed and Dr. McEntire get to learn from each other while collaborating about patient cases.  On February 22, they spent the day in Orlando learning from experts of the "Damon System" of orthodontics.

Dentistry is a profession that is constantly moving forward. Dr. Ed and Dr. McEntire value Continuing Education (CE) opportunities that keep them up to date with orthodontic advancements.  Safer, faster, more esthetic, more comfortable treatment options are desirable, and Dr. Ed and Dr. McEntire are always willing to learn something new to ultimately provide the best result possible for their patients. 

Never stop learning!





Will braces affect sports play, music lessons, and other activities for my teen?

We are often asked, "Will braces interfere with playing sports?"  The answer is..  nope! It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouth guards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Please let the doctor know that one is needed.

If our patient plays a musical instrument, we gladly work with them and their music instructor to make sure braces do not interfere with upcoming concerts or competitions.

Please ask us if you have any questions regarding braces and extra curricular activities!


Dr. Rob's SURPRISE retirement party

On Dr. Rob's last day, his wife Roberta and the Amley McEntire team surprised him at his home to celebrate him after the work day.  The look on his face was priceless as he walked through the door and saw us waiting for him in his living room.  Dr. Ed made a beautiful toast which kicked off the continued celebration.  Roberta prepared a beautiful table setting and home cooked dinner, and we laughed and reminisced as we ate.  For dessert, we all indulged in a delicious coconut cake from Wrights Gourmet in Tampa.  What a special night for a special boss, orthodontist and person.  We love you Dr. Rob!