Portage Orthodontist
1314 W Milham Ave
Portage, Michigan 49024-1209 US
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Painful, but Good - Kalamazoo, MI

I rated the provider based upon how well the end result was, primarily. I chose Dr. Bowman because he is well-known internationally as an excellent orthodontist and he is (somewhat) local.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

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  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: MS, Illinois Wesleyan University

    Dental: DMD, Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine

    Masters: MSD, Saint Louis University Department of Orthodontics

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An Interview with Dr. S. Jay Bowman, Orthodontist

1. Please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us about your background in orthodontics. Dr. Bowman: I grew-up in a very small town (Abingdon) in the middle of the cornfields in the western half of Illinois, attended Illinois Wesleyan University, and then Southern Illinois University-School of...

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Need Refinement After Invisalign, What's the Process for That?

An Invisalign refinement is a common stage of treatment with this sytem. Consider an analogy from orthodontic treatment with traditional braces. At... READ MORE

Will Lips Change After Braces And Extraction Of Protruding Teeth?

You have received a number of excellent answers from other practitioners. Final lip position is not strictly a function of whether extractions are... READ MORE

Orthodontist Didn't Put my Bracket Back On?

Dr. Waxler's answer is correct; however, the most important message is clear communication. You need to insure that you get your questions answered at... READ MORE

I'm Getting the Radiance Clear Braces in a Couple Months. How Bad is It to Get Them on the Top and Bottom? (photo)

Ceramic or crystalline braces are made of materials that are harder than your own enamel. Consequently, if clear braces are placed on the lower front... READ MORE

I Wear the Plastic Retainers Every Night Yet my Bottom Teeth Are Starting to Move?

Before the teeth have the chance to move further, make sure to visit with your orthodontist to ask his or her opinion. Don't wait for additional... READ MORE

Not Happy with Results from Braces. After Treatment Tried a Tooth Positioner and Now a Hawley Retainer? (photo)

It is important that there is clear communication with your orthodontist about what can and cannot be achieved. Looking at the pictures, it seems that... READ MORE

Invisalign Elastics for Correcting an Overbite?

Adding orthodontic elastics to Invisalign aligner trays and/or to brackets or buttons attached to specific teeth is a viable option for the correction... READ MORE

Is It Possible to Have Elastics Placed Inside of the Teeth With Invisalign?

Wearing elastics on the outside of the aligners is most common useage and yes, they may make the trays slightly more noticeable, but by whom? Most... READ MORE

Top Trays Have a Bubble That's Visible While Talking, Do I Have the Right to Ask the Doctor to Redo Them?

The bubble you refer to fits over an attachment that was placed on your tooth that was prescribed and designed to specifically move that tooth.... READ MORE

Is It Possible to Go to a Different Orthadontist Than the One That Put on Your Braces?

Changing orthodontists in the midst of treatment is typically termed a "transfer" between practitioners. If the change is made strictly for... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Bowman

Steven Jay Bowman, DMD, MSD has shared 3 before and after pictures with 10 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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