There are some areas in the dental associate written agreement that can pose difficulty. A non-compete/restrictive covenant can be an issue of concern. In some states restrictive non-compete covenants are not enforceable. It is highly recommended you first check with your respective state laws to see if non-compete covenants are legal and enforceable. If they are, such covenants must be reasonable in duration and geographic area. They must be in the best interest of the public to be enforceable. It is worthy to note violations of non-compete covenants can carry rather hefty fines and penalties.