Ernest H. McDowell, DMD, Pinellas County's Premier Orthodontist
is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.
You’ve made the right choice with McDowell Orthodontics! Here is what sets us apart:
Experience – Because it counts!
You only get one chance to get it right the first time. Dr. McDowell has been in practice since 1987; providing 26 years of experience, with over 15,000 happy patients. Having three convenient locations in Pinellas County, we are well connected within the communities of Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, and all beach communities. This experience is what has earned Dr. McDowell the designation of Elite Provider of Invisalign, which is attained by only the top offices in the country.
The Ultimate Patient Experience – We have designed our offices with our patients and families comfort in mind! Whether it's watching a movie in our custom home theater, playing in our game room, enjoying complimentary gourmet coffee, or fresh baked cookies in our reception room… We have lots to offer for all ages to make your experience like no other while receiving the utmost in orthodontic care.
Excellence – You and your family deserve it!
Dr. McDowell and his expert team are committed to using the most advanced techniques including Damon Self-Ligating bracket systems, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, and Damon Clear Braces. This commitment to excellence has been recognized by his peers with continued nomination to Americas Top Dentists since 2005 – 2015.
It is the same commitment to excellence that led to achieving Board Certification by the American Board of Orthodontics in 1997. Only 20-25% of Orthodontists achieve this recognition, and Dr. McDowell is one of the only Orthodontists in Pinellas County to have done so!
Most recently, our practice was further recognized for its experience and commitment to excellence by the esteemed invitation to become a member of The Schulman Group. This is a nationally recognized association of prominent orthodontic practices who compose the top 1% of all Orthodontic practices in North America. Limited to only the top 100 orthodontic practices in the United States and Canada, it is an honor to belong to this invitation only group!
Service – Affordable, Available, Passionate!
For our Patients- We believe that everyone should be able to get that smile they’ve always dreamed of. For this reason, we have flexible payment plans with in-house and interest-free payment plans, and flexible hours to minimize missing work and school. Visit our New Patient section to learn more! While you are here, be sure to check out the kind words our patients had to say about us in the Testimonial section as well.
For our Community – 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 committment 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, as well as participation in local health fairs, various YMCA's , community projects, etc. In addition, he and his staff are constantly involved with local schools discussing oral health topics. We feel great about giving back to our community as a way of saying thanks for all the support we have achieved.
The office and staff are always amazing at providing the best patient experience, as well as friendly and courteous service! This is the best doctors office EVER!
by Tami Isherwood
Amazing staff! Kind, curtious, and funny. I've recommended them several times. Great team!
by Deven Bolden
I was very reluctant to start my son on braces due to his age at the time. Although it was much needed because of his narrow jaw structure. With the staff support that we received from McDowell this has been a very pleasant and successful process. Only one minor repair in nearly a year. Thank you all!!
by Evan Roberts
The staff smiled at us the whole time, happy and courteous. Every question was answered thoroughly. The doctor was friendly and fun. The whole experience made getting braces not so daunting.
by Sara Clark
Every single person I came into contact with throughout the entire course of my treatment was extremely professional, helpful & welcoming. It's rare to find an office full of such great people.
by Tammie Moore
Dr. McDowell Gave both of my sons beautiful smiles and now it's my turn. Momma's getting braces tomorrow at age 48! It's never to late to improve your smile.
by Amy Nelson
Everyone was incredibly friendly & helpful. I made the appt. the day before & was planning on just going in for information but I felt so comfortable with the office staff & Dr. McDowell that I went ahead with treatment the same day! Very excited for the results!
by Larissa Walker
Dr McDowell and staff are awesome three daughters had braces and never had a problem. The Walker Family loves McDowell Orthodontics.
by Susan Pacelli
Great experience from the beginning of my appointment to the end. Janet was very helpful and informative. Dr. McDowell was friendly and upbeat.
The girls are wonderful and professional and he is a very caring Dr. I would recommend them to people.
by Emma Sohoski
Emma was very happy with the care she received in getting braces. We only had 1 problem with a bracket breaking within the first 24 hrs. This was not due to anything she ate, only had soft foods first several days. She had to go back in to remove broken bracket and will have to go back in again to replace. Dental Staff is friendly and helpful. Office environment is comfortable
I love the staff and Dr. McDowell. They make scheduling appointments convenient and easy and are very efficient and nice.