(AP) A Jacksonville dentist has lost a bid to stop his city from enforcing a law banning dentists from using artificial teeth and other devices that interfere with dental hygiene.
The Florida Supreme Court on Monday ruled against dentist David Smith, who said he was forced to wear an earpiece to make his teeth sound.
He said the device, which he used for about three years, did not interfere with his dental work.
Smith, who is an orthodontist, said he tried to find a dentist in the Jacksonville area willing to remove the earpiece from his mouth.
He said he would use the money from a dental loan to buy the earring from a local manufacturer.
He also said he had never used a earpiece before.
But the Supreme Court said the earphone is not part of the state’s law banning the use of dental devices in the workplace.
The court said that the device is a violation of Smith’s First Amendment right to free speech.
Smith argued that using an earphone could lead to other people learning about him and making a dent.
Smith has worked in Jacksonville for more than 40 years and has been a dentist for 10 of those.
He has used the device for about a year.