Kalamazoo Parents’ Picks for Best Orthodontists- 2024


Find an Orthodontist that Aligns with Your Family’s Needs

I had braces for two and a half years.  And while it felt like an eternity as a teen, I only have distant memories of the brackets and wires that straightened my teeth.

The part I won’t forget, however, is my orthodontist. He had nicknames for all of his patients and told terrible dad jokes.

While I didn’t appreciate braces at the time, I am so grateful for my smile as an adult.

We’ve polled KZOOKIDS readers for the best orthos in Kalamazoo, and their results are below. If you’re looking for additional providers, try our Best Doctors Guide for other specialties.

Team KO at Kalamazoo Orthodontics (Dr. S. Jay Bowman)

When to see an Orthodontist

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, these are common scenarios in which to request an orthodontic consult:

• Early or late loss of baby teeth
• Difficulty chewing or biting
• Mouth breathing
• Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
• Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
• Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
• Speech difficulty
• Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
• Protruding teeth
• Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
• Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
• Grinding or clenching of teeth
• Inability to comfortably close lips

Even if your child does not meet these criteria, most orthodontists will recommend an initial consult around age seven. For most children, treatment will start at age 12.

Looking for more ortho info? Get answers to the Top 10 Orthodontic FAQs from Drake Road Orthodontics.

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Voting Results: Kalamazoo Orthodontists

There are a number of skilled providers in the Kalamazoo area offering braces, Invisalign and other treatments for teeth alignment. Every name in this guide received significant votes from our readers.

Any sponsors you see were first voted by our readers and then were invited to offer more information about their practice.

For many families, orthodontia is a significant commitment, both in time and finances. Our readers named these orthodontists the best in town.


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Best Orthodontist

Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Kalamazoo Orthodontics

Top Orthodontists in Kalamazoo

1Bowman, Dr. S. Jay Kalamazoo Orthodontics
2Grabowski, Dr. Kenneth W.Dr. Grabowski Orthodontics
3Kwong, Dr. ThomasKwong Orthodontics
4Knapp, Dr. BrandonDrake Road Orthodontics
5Bandeen, Dr. TimothyBandeen Orthodontics
6Randall, Dr. LetitiaDrake Road Orthodontics
7Hallgren, Dr. KevinHallgren Orthodontics

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Best Orthodontist in SW Michigan

1314 W Milham Ave Portage, MI 49024 - (269) 344-2466

Innovative Orthodontics - Warm People - Beautiful Smiles

Every day, we create incredible natural smiles and engage people with our unique, caring KO Experience. We go all out to ensure kind, personalized care and comfort.

Voted 4th Year Winner of Top Care Provider, Team KO makes certain you feel right at home.

Best Orthodontist in SW Michigan

5907 Oakland Dr Portage, MI 49024 - (269) 327-4459
📧 contactus@kwongortho.com

💬 I refer all my friends to Dr. Kwong. He is approachable, answers all questions and doesn't rush into treatment programs for growing kids. The appointments are efficient and quick.

At Kwong Orthodontics, we offer exceptional orthodontic care and advanced braces & Clear Aligner treatment options for patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art office in Portage, MI.

Of course, giving you a healthy, beautiful smile is our top priority, but we’re not your typical practice. We are all about making the experience stress-free and super fun for parents and kids alike!

Best Orthodontist in SW Michigan

401 S Drake Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49009 - (269) 344-1271
📧 info@drakeroadortho.com

An inclusive and fun environment coupled with the highest quality care is what we’re all about! We know that our patients will love not only their beautiful smile, but their entire journey at DRO.

Our complimentary exam and consultation is the first step in our relationship. We see kids as early as age 7 to evaluate their smile development, or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to better yourself. We look forward to meeting you!

Selecting Your Family’s Provider

Investing in braces and other orthodontic treatments can be overwhelming.

By selecting an orthodontist recommended by parents in the Kalamazoo area, you can feel confident that your provider will be the right fit for your family.

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Dr. Knapp and Dr. Randall at Drake Road Orthodontics