Meet Dr. Matt Ahrens

Riverview Orthodontist


Matthew Ahrens, DMD, MS

I am very passionate about the impact a beautiful smile can have on someone’s life. The opportunity I have to develop relationships with my patients and see the positive impact of a healthy beautiful smile is very rewarding. A beautiful smile makes them confident to pursue their dreams, and being a part of that process makes me excited to come to the office each day.

Education and Continuing Education

I attended the University of Florida for both my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Doctorate of Dental Medicine degrees. I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Honors BS/DMD program my freshmen year which allowed my admission into dental school after three years of undergraduate studies. I then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for my Master of Science in Oral Sciences and Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics.

As a Board Certified Orthodontist by the American Board of Orthodontics, I passed a rigorous set of written and clinical examinations. Only a small percentage of orthodontists have successfully completed this voluntary examination process. Becoming board certified signifies my pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics. Continuing education is a priority in order to provide the highest level of orthodontic care and most up-to-date treatment.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Florida Association of Orthodontists
  • Florida Dental Association
  • Hillsborough County Dental Association Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • West Coast District Dental Association

Outside the Office

Originally from Ocala, I now reside in Apollo Beach with my beautiful wife Sara, who grew up in Brandon. We have two young boys, Landon and Brady. I cherish the time I spend with my family, whether we’re traveling, on the water, or just relaxing at home.

I am very passionate about serving the community, both locally and on a global scale. I was fortunate enough to participate in two mission trips to the Dominican Republic to provide dental care to underserved communities. I am a local Smiles Change Lives provider. This program promotes increased self-esteem and improved oral health for children in need of orthodontic treatment whose families cannot afford the full cost of braces. I am also passionate about supporting our youth in the SouthShore area through support of our local schools and the YMCA.

Likes: boating, college sports but especially the Gators, traveling, chocolate and peanut butter
desserts, being outdoors, roughhousing with my boys, creating beautiful smiles!

Dislikes: traffic jams, clutter, black olives, wearing a tie, being late, doing laundry, unreliable
people, cliffhanger endings