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Dr. S. jay Bowman

Dentistry - Orthodontics
Portage, MI
37 years experience male

Locations

Office

Portage, MI

Address

1314 West Milham Avenue, Portage, MI
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My office hours

Wednesday: 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.

Specialties
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Dentistry - Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Doctor Q&A

416 Answers
156 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Can combine: Sports mouthguards might be combined with clear aligners; however, only your orthodontic specialist can determine if this is possible for your specifi... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Maybe: There are too many issues to explore in your situation. An examination with a licensed orthodontic specialist is your best way to find out the approp... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Maybe Either: Clear aligners, clear braces, or lingual "invisible" braces may be options. The only way to determine what method is applicable is by getting an opin... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Not so much: Cavities are caused by accumulated bacterial plaque and acids (like soft drinks). Great oral hygiene and regular dental visits are the best methods t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Varies: Orthodontic treatments can vary dramatically from simple 3-6 month minor tooth movement to 3 years of care for complex issues. Average treatments are... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
BAD NEWS!: Unattended braces can be disaster! you need to see an orthodontic specialist asap to insure permanent damage to your teeth, gums, and bone is not occ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Plaque & acid: I assume you are asking about lines or scars on teeth that can be produced by bacterial plaque left by poor oral hygiene and other consumed acids like... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
More needed: Braces may assist changing the positions of teeth, but not their size. Your perception that your teeth are small may be true; however, an assessment ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
In rare instances: Since upper and lower teeth are designed to work together in function, we usually would like to straighten them and fit them together. In some circum... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Several things: The one that you spend the most time with and attention to detail. Actually, there are many great products available with some of the most popular be... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Orthodontist: There may be other options for you such as lingual braces (tongue side of teeth), clear braces, or clear aligner treatments (e.g., invisalign). It is... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Maybe Either: Clear aligners, clear braces, or lingual "invisible" braces may be options. The only way to determine what method is applicable is by getting an opin... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
See your dentist: Please immediately see your dentist and explain what you've done so that they can examine your situation. Do not wait.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Call: Please call your orthodontic specialist for an appointment to discuss your concerns before you present for removal of your braces. Be proactive.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Many reasons: There are numerous reasons that a brace may be broken off the tooth; the majority have to do with patient compliance (chewing on hard things like pens... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Any age: Orthodontic treatment can be provided to people of nearly age from 7-8 to over 80 years of age. Clear aligner treatments are best accomplished when n... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Opinion: If the dentist has determined that an orthodontic opinion is recommended, why not follow through with the specialist to determine your daughter's need... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Depends on your case: Braces and clear aligners can both provide dramatic benefits; however, an appointment with an orthodontic specialist is required to determine what is ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Liquor: It may be preferable to remove you aligners before you imbibe alcohol. Although it is unlikely that the alcohol might effect the plastic unless they ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
You bet: Impacted means stuck - but sometimes, in rare situations, they find a way to erupt. "teething pain" from the eruption of that tooth is what you're fe... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Up to ortho: Suresmile is a tool to assist with "regular braces, " by providing robotically-designed orthodontic wires. Since there are fees for those procedures,... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Ask orthodontist: If you have kept your braces and teeth meticulously clean, returned to your dentist for regular cleaning and check-ups, have avoided acidic soft drink... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
No worries: The portion of the muscle frenum that is removed in a frenectomy will not affect lip shape, function, lip drape, or your smile. It may, however, assi... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Depends on severity: Braces treatment might correct a dental crossbite in only a few months; however, it depends upon the severity and nature of that crossbite. Simple, s... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Various ways: Removable orthodontic retainers were once made of vulcanized rubber, then acrylics and plastics. The designs have continued to evolve as well. Fixed... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
White out: Some orthodontic specialists may incorporate bleaching with their clear aligner treatments and others may not. If the bleaching material cannot be co... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Soreness: Some discomfort is a certainly a part of moving teeth with braces. This discomfort is typically alleviated with over-the-counter analgesics, softer d... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Ask the surgeon: Why not call the oral surgeon who will be removing the tooth and ask about options for sedation and anesthetics? Make sure you are comfortable about ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
From wikipedia: Malocclusion: imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed. In other words, fixing your malocclusion is most often done by improving ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Nope: Just because braces aren't "hurting" or still feel as "tight" does not mean that they are still not working. Ask your orthodontist for an estimate of... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Possibly: The only way to determine if clear aligners can be used to treat your specific situation is to seek an evaluation with an orthodontic specialist. Clos... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Yes: Excellent recommendations by the other doctors here. If you are still concerned, please ask the person providing the electrotherapy to contact your o... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 37 years experience
Discomfort: Some discomfort is to be expected with any orthodontic tooth movement. There are a multitude of different brands of orthodontic braces but the key is... Read More

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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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Mar 30, 2015
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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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