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KO is Unique for Patients

Why Would You Go Anywhere Else?

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of orthodontics offered with a personal touch.
In addition, we strive to be the most accessible and convenient orthodontic office for you.
Finally, we are driven by a passion for innovation, education, and exceptional service.

Innovative Orthodontics

Warm People

Beautiful Smiles


  •  We offer 3 convenient locations in Portage, Paw Paw, and Kalamazoo
  • We have spread ourselves around to serve your needs
  • Club 57:  We have extended hours/evening appointments


  • No fee complimentary initial evaluations 

  • We offer a variety of convenient payment plans designed just for your lifestyle

  • We accept and work with the majority of insurances

  • We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express 

  • We offer the ease of direct debit plans

  • No Down Payment options:  Springstone, Chase, and Care Credit services

Don’t Like Your Smile? Let Us Give You One of Ours!


Our own Butterfly System:  Concept, Comfortable, Colorful™

  • Dr. Bowman designed our own signature series of braces, the Butterfly System™ manufactured by American Orthodontics, Inc., featured in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, Orthodontic Practice US, Journal of the Indian Society of Orthodontist, and used internationally since 1998.  These miniature low-profile brackets are esthetic and designed for exceptional comfort, hygiene, esthetics, and to address specific issues
  • Patients select from a large variety color ligature “ties” for colorful and fun braces
  • Clear braces (Radiance, Clarity, and Opal Avex) are wonderful esthetic braces options
  • Invisible or “lingual” braces also available for minor treatments (In-Ovation-L; MTM)
  • Invisalign™ (braceless) treatment:  We were selected as 1 of just 4 orthodontists  in the U.S. for the IRB-regulated, Invisalign™ Teen Investigative Research Team
  • Dr. Bowman was one of the very first Michigan orthodontists certified to provide Invisalign; now with more than a decade of experience.  In 1996, he was the first Invisalign Premier Provider and Invisalign Teen™ Provider in our area.

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  • Pioneers in the development of miniscrew temporary anchorage; OrthoAccel and Propel regional acceleratory phenomenon for enhanced tooth movement; research using laser fluorescence (DIAGNOdent) and protecting enamel with Duraflor and Opal Seal; Dr. Bowman designed our Axis Adhesive Polishing Set.  We have also participated in published research on molar distalization (15 Master’s Theses) and our own award-winning work on esthetics.
  • Emphasis on making orthodontics easier for patients.  Reducing compliance issues by using devices like some of the dozens that Dr. Bowman has designed: Bowman Modification™, Horseshoe Jet™, Quick Fix™, Kilroy Springs™, Bowman Consolidator, Ulysses Springs and TAD Bite Opener Springs, TPA+, Hu-Friedy Clear Collection instruments, and our own Class II Combination Therapy methodology.
  • New Technology such as Gendex Digital X-ray, IACT Patient Instruction System, DIAGNOdent laser diagnosis, GENTLEray DIODE laser, Opal Valo LED Curing light, KaVo ELECTROtorque electronic handpieces, and two iTero Digital Scanners.
  • First U.S. private practitioner to adopt the new AcceleDent System: The Fast Track to
    Straight Teeth. Wearing AcceleDent for 20 minutes per day has been
    demonstrate to reduce treatment time and discomfort.
  • That extra step: finishing with custom Positioners using our published protocol 
  • Conservative approaches to Two-Part Treatments and Interceptive Treatments: Only 7% of our patients undergo a “Phase I” or early treatment.
  • Our research has demonstrated that treatment time ranges from 6-36 months, but the average time is 24.8 months and we pride ourselves on a high, on-time finishing percentage.  We strive to reduce treatment times with new advents like OrthoAccel and miniscrews (TADs)
  • Rapid Transit Treatment: Climb aboard the Kalamazoo Orthodontic Express with or without the railroad train tracks


  • Three exceptionally unique, convenient, and comfortable practice locations
  • Always a warm reception from our talented staff at Kalamazoo Orthodontics
  • Patient Rewards Card and KO Kids Club
  • Visit our Keurig coffee bar; stocked with Gloria Jeans coffees and Celestial tea 
  • Baby-changing station
  • Free Wifi service 
  • Relax in our iJoy massage chairs and enjoy plenty of entertaining reading material
  • We do the research for you:  read Dr. Bowman’s articles and publications 
  • Children’s area with classic video games, saltwater aquarium, water fountain, & fun stickers
  • Clinic area flat screen TV’s and Bose sound; we’re always rockin’
  • Tour our unique and eclectic office décor and themed rooms and hallways
  • Personal, Doctor-conducted consultations
  • IACT patient instruction, Edge imaging, and Kaleidoscope information system
  • New Patient Ambassador for personal attention
  • A concierge experience for you is definitely our pleasure
  • Personal appointment reminder calls
  • Convenience:  call us on your lunch hour to make your appointments
  • Club 57 for 9-5ers, we offer 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Newswire newsletters to keep you informed
  • Show-off our cool new Kalamazoo Orthodontic KO tee-shirts
  • We have been featured in a number of publications including Orthodontic Products, Ortho Tribune, OrthoTOWN, Kieferorthopadie Nachrichten in Germany, Journal of the Asian Pacific Orthodontic Society, The Barbados Advocate, Vida Hoje in Brazil, The University of Toronto Alumni News, Great Lakes Family, Kalamazoo Gazette, and Kalamazoo Weekly
  • We take our work seriously, but pride ourselves in doing it in an enjoyable way

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  • Dr. Bowman is on the faculty of five universities: The University of Michigan, Saint Louis, Case Western Reserve, Seton Hill, Adelaide Universities.  He has been invited to lecture in over 35 countries (on 6 continents) and 35 U.S. states.  He has published over 150 articles, 15 book chapters, as well as his own orthodontic textbook on miniscrew anchorage
  • Dr. Bowman is board-certified (Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists)
  • He has been a member of the Examining Committee of the AngleEast component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists and a member of the Michigan Dental Association Peer Review Panel
  • He received the Southwest Michigan Quality Council Performance Excellence Award for Outcomes Improvement and Contribution to the Community
  • He is on the Editorial Advisory and Review Boards of 12 orthodontic publications
  • Dr. Bowman was honored with the Orthodontic Alumni Merit Award from Saint Louis University, the Orthodontic Education & Research Foundation Merit Award, the Angle Research Award from the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, the American Association of Orthodontists Award, and the P.R. Begg Scholarship Award
  • He has served as President and on the Board of the Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Society and was honored with the Daniel Ganz Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the President’s Award on four occasions.
  • Dr. Bowman is a member of the American, Great Lakes, and Michigan Association of Orthodontists; the American and Michigan Dental Associations, and the Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Society; honorary groups: International and the American Colleges of Dentists along with the Pierre Fauchard Academy; the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics; the Michigan Tweed Orthodontic Study Club; and World Federation of Orthodontists.

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.  -James Thurber