Dr. S. jay Bowman

Dentistry - Orthodontics
Portage, MI
38 years experience male

Locations

Office

Portage, MI

Address

1314 West Milham Avenue, Portage, MI
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00am
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Kalamazoo Orthodontics

Portage, MI

About

Bio

Dr. Bowman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, and is on the faculty of 4 universities. Dr. Bowman is a Fellow of both the International and the American College of Dentists, Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy International Honor Organization, a charter member of the World Federation of Orthodontists and is a Regent of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. He developed and teaches the Straightwire course at The University of Michigan, is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Louis University, an Assistant Clinical Professor at Case Western Reserve University, and Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Seton Hill University. He received the Angle Research Award in 2000 and the Alumni Merit Award from Saint Louis University in 2005. He is 1 of 4 on the Invisalign Teen Research Team and a clinical consultant for OrthoAccel.

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Dentistry - Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Doctor Q&A

416 Answers
156 Agrees
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Bruxism: Unfortunately, bruxism or grinding your teeth appears to be something that is exceptionally common for humans. The night guard helps to provide a "sk... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Probably: Clear aligner treatment like invisalign might be an option. The only way to determine if clear aligner treatments are appropriate for your individual... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Many: Invisalign or clear aligners are applicable for a very wide range of orthodontic situations. Only an individual examination by your licensed orthodon... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Perhaps fine: Depending upon your orthodontic needs, the implant may actually assist as an "anchor" support to move your other teeth. Check with your orthodontist ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Very well: Both lingual "invisible" braces and clear aligners like invisalign are very effective and provide excellent results. This, of course, depends upon yo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Loose and mobile: Teeth become somewhat loose and mobile during orthodontic treatment. That's a normal finding as teeth move. Orthodontic adjustments can make the tee... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Depends on severity: Clear aligner treatment might correct a dental crossbite; however, it depends upon the severity and nature of that crossbite. Simple, single tooth cr... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Overbite: In layman's terms, an "overbite" typically refers to the upper front teeth sticking out horizontally, further than the lower front teeth. An orthodon... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Yes, but: I agree with dr. Schleimer wholeheartedly; however, there are instances when a surgical correction may provide the desired correction--not necessarily... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Many reasons: There are so many possible reasons including stains from coffee, tea, smoking; medications like Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) rinse; or simply tha... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Overbite: In layman's terms, an "overbite" typically refers to the upper front teeth sticking out horizontally, further than the lower front teeth. An orthodon... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Completely different: Orthodontics is the specialty that involves moving teeth with braces. Veneers are an restorative dental procedure. Veneers are a type of porcelain, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
To retain results: Orthodontic retainers are designed to maintain final orthodontic results as teeth have the potential to change to some degree. An excellent descripti... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Sometimes - short: Occasionally a stitch or two may be required for an upper midline frenectomy between the front teeth. Conservative approaches to remove the tiny, but... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Seek evaluation: Although 3rd molars or wisdom teeth are not frequently included in clear aligner treatments, they should be evaluated by your licensed orthodontist as... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Caution: Your situation is thankfully quite rare. The average duration of orthodontic treatment is 2-3 years. Seeking a second opinion with a licensed orthod... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Steps: Some orthodontic treatments consist of more than one stage of care often based on the age of the patient. A first "phase" of treatment may be require... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Depends on treatment: Orthodontic treatment may or may not have an effect on facial profile or lip posture depending upon the nature of the treatment provided. There are i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Retention is: Retention is a life-time commitment to periodic wear of retention devices. Teeth change throughout life, it's a naturally-occurring process. W... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: There is typically no contraindication to wearing aligners and using antibiotics. Soaking your clear aligners in denture cleaner and brushing them ca... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
When prescribed: A panoramic radiographic survey is often a common screening tool for dentists and other dental specialists to provide an overall two dimension evaluat... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
No treatment at 3: If the baby teeth are crowded, that typically indicates that the larger permanent teeth will likely be crowded as well. There is no treatment that wo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Certainly: A "maxillary midline frenectomy" is a common, simple procedure to remove a ankylosed or "tight" muscle attachment or frenum that may extend between th... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Maybe: But the occurrence is pretty rare when you have impressions taken at an orthodontic office. We have taken so many impressions for people that the pro... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Cross the bridge: Although the bridge is unlikely to be moved during treatment, invisalign might yet be applicable to your situation. Seek evaluation by your licensed ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Very: Clear aligner treatments have been demonstrated to be very effective. However, the applicability of this type of orthodontic treatment is dependent u... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Depends: Everyone's orthodontic needs are different and the duration of treatments are also quite different. Some patients may require only short treatments ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Doctor's advice: Why avoid the dentist's advice? Impacted wisdom teeth do not have to cause pain or "problems" that you would notice. They may be creating destructio... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Overbite: In layman's terms, an "overbite" typically refers to the upper front teeth sticking out horizontally, further than the lower front teeth. An orthodon... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
See ortho: An actual "hole" in the gum tissue could be one of a variety of issues - all of which warrant a visit with your orthodontist. Not sure i'd wait for ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Maybe not: The previous doctors provided excellent answers and advice. It maybe that the wisdom teeth are not the cause of the pain you are experiencing. That ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Ask for help: If you have swollen gums, then you need specific instructions from your orthodontist on home care with your tooth brush and floss. More frequent visi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Age dependent: There are different types of palatal expanders often used at different ages. In pre-teen years, expanders may be in place for 6-9 months. Teenagers,... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Caution: Seeking second opinions are an excellent way to proceed towards making an informed decision for what's best for you. The extraction of teeth is an ev... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Not a brace replace.: There are many options for accelerating the rate of tooth movement. Some invasive, some not. Some more uncomfortable, some less. Cost is variable. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Unknown: This is a question that ultimately can only be answered by your orthodontic specialist. The removal of braces and "surgery" seem mutually exclusive, ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
That's what it's for: Malocclusion is an all-encompassing term that refers to a "bad bite" and orthodontics is used to treat it. Depending upon the nature and severity, in... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Depends on the cause: The best way to determine the type of treatment options are available for your specific situation is to seek an opinion with an orthodontic specialist... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Less than 10: Depending upon the type of impression materials that are used for a particular situation, the time required is typically from 4-10 minutes. If you ar... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Varies: Usually impressions are taken to produce one pair of study models to assist in diagnosis of your situation. There may occasions were other types of i... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Extraction?: That may be a kind and reassuring way of suggesting the removal of any reticent primary teeth out of the way.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: Certainly, small teeth do not have the surface area of teeth with larger crowns; however, well-fitting clear retainers should function well. If there... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Absolutely: In fact, the sealants to protect those back teeth may be seen as an advantage. Often orthodontists are placing sealant materials on the front surface... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Maybe: What are weak teeth? Has your enamel been determined to have reduced hardness or thickness for some genetic reason? Best thing to do is present to ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Retention is: Retention is a life-time commitment to periodic wear of retention devices. Teeth change throughout life, it's a naturally-occurring process. W... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Very variable: Treatment times for braces are based on the difficulty level of the problem that you present the orthodontist. Minor treatments could be as short as ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Ask periodontist: If you have had periodontal treatment, please have your periodontist evaluate your current situation before beginning any type of orthodontic treatmen... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Absolutely: Clear aligner treatments are often applicable to patients from late teens until late adulthood. The best way to determine if this type of orthodontic... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Yes: Bleaching can be accomplished after orthodontics - it's quite common. Perhaps, talking with your family dentist about best bleaching options would be... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 38 years experience
Orthodontics: Orthodontics is the specialty in dentistry for the treatment and correction of dental malocclusions (bad bites).
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Apr 4, 2013
Very knowledgeable with excellent, to the point and articulate answers.
Mar 19, 2015
Great Orthodontist
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Saint Louis University Department of Orthodontics
Graduated 1985MD

Medical/Graduate school

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
Graduated 1983MD

Awards

Angle Research Award
Alumni Merit Award, Saint Louis University
Distinguished Service Award, Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Society

Affiliations

American Association of Orthodontists
Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
Michigan Association of Orthodontists

Publications

The Esthetic Impact of Extraction and Nonextraction Treatments for Caucasian Patients
Mini-Implants in Orthodontics: Innovative Anchorage Concepts
Much Ado about Facial Esthetics
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