Braces In Michigan
For Kids, Teens & Adults

Dress Up Your Smile

Types Of Braces

At Bow Tie Orthodontics, we create beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. Led by our expert orthodontist, Dr. Jay, we provide personalized orthodontic care using the latest advancements in the field. One of our primary treatment methods includes braces — a tried-and-true solution for straightening teeth and aligning bites.

Braces have evolved significantly over the years, offering improved comfort, aesthetics, and treatment times. We offer a variety of types to suit the needs and preferences of our patients, including self-ligating braces, WildSmiles brackets, and more!

Types Of Braces

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces from the Damon Bracket system offer an innovative twist on the classic treatment option. Unlike conventional braces, which require ties or elastics to hold the wire onto the brackets, self-ligating braces use a specialized clip to secure the wire. This design allows the wire to move freely, reducing friction and leading to less discomfort and faster treatment times.

Benefits Of Damon Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces offer a multitude of advantages that make them a favored choice among our patients. For starters, their design minimizes discomfort. The free-moving wire reduces friction against the teeth, which can lessen soreness during the adjustment phases of treatment. Also, they are an efficient option, potentially cutting down on the treatment duration thanks to the self-adjusting mechanism.

Moreover, self-ligating braces require fewer adjustments, meaning fewer appointments. The unique clip mechanism allows for greater control of the force applied to the teeth, leading to precise, effective tooth movement. This means you spend less time in our office and more time enjoying your evolving smile.

Finally, let’s talk aesthetics. Many patients feel self-conscious about wearing braces, but self-ligating braces are generally more discreet than traditional ones. They often use clear or tooth-colored brackets, making them less noticeable and boosting your confidence throughout your treatment journey.


Metal self-ligating brackets combine the strength and durability of traditional metal braces with the efficiency of self-ligating technology. These brackets offer reliable performance and can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues effectively. Their self-ligating nature means fewer appointments for adjustments, saving you time throughout your treatment journey.


For those seeking a more discreet alternative, clear self-ligating brackets are an excellent choice. Made from a clear or tooth-colored ceramic material, these brackets blend with your natural teeth, making them less noticeable than their metal counterparts. Like metal self-ligating brackets, they also utilize a clip to hold the wire, allowing for efficient movement of the teeth.


At Bow Tie Orthodontics, we believe that orthodontic treatment should be fun and personalized. That’s why we offer WildSmiles brackets for our younger patients. They are a unique take on the traditional look of braces that allows your child to express their personality while straightening their teeth. These brackets come in a variety of fun shapes like stars, hearts, and sports themes, adding a touch of creativity to the treatment process.

No matter which type of braces you choose, you can trust Dr. Jay and the team at Bow Tie Orthodontics to guide you every step of the way toward your perfect smile!

Braces For Kids

Braces For Kids

At Bow Tie Orthodontics, we firmly believe in the power of early orthodontic intervention to pave the way for a lifetime of stunning smiles. While there isn’t a specific age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends scheduling that first visit to the orthodontist around the age of seven.

During this stage, children typically have a combination of baby teeth and permanent teeth, enabling our orthodontist, Dr. Jay, to accurately diagnose and resolve dental and jaw issues more effectively, often eliminating the need for more in-depth treatment in the future.

Braces for kids is not just about orthodontic treatment, but also about making the journey fun and engaging for our youngest patients! We offer WildSmiles brackets which allow children to express their personalities while they undergo treatment. WildSmiles offers a range of cool bracket shapes like hearts, stars, and even footballs that add an element of excitement to the process of wearing braces.

The Advantages Of Early Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment offers more than just correction for crooked teeth. It’s about influencing your child’s jaw development, controlling the width of their dental arches, and creating ample space for their permanent teeth. Kids’ braces can help in the following ways:

  • Guide and correct the growth of your child’s jaw, ensuring proper alignment of permanent teeth.
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, resulting in a well-balanced and functional bite.
  • Make room for crowded teeth, minimizing the chance of impacted or misaligned teeth.
  • Prevent the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life.
  • Address thumb-sucking habits that potentially contribute to dental and speech issues.

When Should Your Child Get Braces?

As a parent, it might not always be apparent if your child requires orthodontic treatment. Here are some signs to watch for:

  • Early or delayed loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing, which can affect facial and dental development
  • Persistent finger or thumb sucking
  • Crooked, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaw popping or sounds when opening and closing
  • Abnormal or nonexistent closure of teeth
  • Disproportionate jaws and teeth in relation to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth around the age of seven or eight

If you observe any of these signs, it’s time for an orthodontic evaluation. At Bow Tie Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing your child with the utmost care in a welcoming and cheerful environment. Early treatment today can secure your child a healthy and dazzling smile for the future. Reach out to us today to request your free consultation!

Braces For Teens

Braces For Teens

At Bow Tie Orthodontics, we are firm believers that the teenage years present an ideal opportunity to consider braces. With the majority of permanent teeth already developed, we can effectively address a broad range of orthodontic issues, ranging from straightforward to complex, guiding your teen toward a more confident smile.

Throughout adolescence, the jaw continues to grow, making it an opportune time to address misalignment and bite problems. The rapid growth during this period allows teeth to move more easily, often resulting in quicker and more efficient treatment outcomes. Furthermore, since many of their peers may also have braces, teenagers generally feel less self-conscious about undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Life With Braces

While braces require some adjustments, they needn’t hinder your teen’s lifestyle. With a few simple changes, your teen can continue to enjoy favorite activities while ensuring braces remain intact and teeth stay healthy.

When wearing braces, it’s advisable to avoid consuming hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could damage them. Encourage your teen to opt for softer foods and cut fruits and vegetables into smaller, more manageable pieces to facilitate chewing.

Good oral hygiene is vital throughout the braces journey. Regular brushing and flossing after meals will help keep braces clean and teeth free from decay.

Braces need not interfere with sports or playing musical instruments. For sports, a protective mouthguard can be used to prevent any damage or injury. If your teen plays a wind instrument, they may need some time to adjust, but rest assured, they’ll soon be back to making beautiful music!

Embrace Your Braces

At Bow Tie Orthodontics, we strive to make the path to a straighter smile as enjoyable and seamless as possible for your teen. We provide various braces options, including self-ligating metal braces and clear braces, tailored to individual needs and preferences.

Remember, braces are a temporary journey, but the confidence that blossoms from a beautiful smile will last a lifetime! If you’re ready to explore orthodontic options for your teen, get in touch with us today to request a consultation. Dr. Jay and our team are excited to start on this transformative journey with you and your teen.

Braces For Adults

Braces For Adults

Many adults today are choosing braces, recognizing the profound impact a confident, radiant smile can have on both their personal and professional lives. Whether you’re looking to address long-standing dental concerns or enhance your overall oral health, our team, led by Dr. Jay, is here to support you on your journey toward a healthier, more beautiful smile!

Why Consider Braces As An Adult?

Orthodontic treatment goes beyond enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. It also resolves various oral health issues such as misaligned teeth, overcrowding, irregular spacing, overbite, underbite, and crossbite. These problems, if left unattended, can potentially lead to more serious complications like tooth decay, gum disease, difficulties in chewing and speaking, and even jaw discomfort.

By taking the step to correct these concerns with braces, you can significantly improve your oral health, making daily activities such as eating, speaking, and cleaning your teeth easier and more comfortable. Additionally, a straight, well-aligned smile can uplift your self-esteem, enriching your overall quality of life.

Adapting To Life With Braces As An Adult

Transitioning to life with braces as an adult can be a seamless experience with a bit of preparation and commitment. Consider the following aspects:

  • Dietary Adjustments — To safeguard your braces and teeth, it’s crucial to steer clear of hard, sticky, or excessively chewy foods that could potentially damage your braces or become trapped in them.
  • Oral Hygiene — Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is paramount while wearing braces. Regular brushing and flossing will keep your braces clean and your teeth healthy, preventing potential issues like cavities or gum disease.
  • Appointment Arrangements — Attending regular appointments is necessary to adjust your braces and monitor your progress. We understand that adults lead busy lives, and thus, we strive to offer flexible scheduling options to accommodate your needs.

At Bow Tie Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate care to our adult patients. We recognize that every smile is unique, and we’ll work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan that aligns with your specific goals and lifestyle.

Embrace the journey towards a healthier, more confident smile. Get in touch with us today to request a free consultation and embark on your path toward the smile you’ve always longed for. It’s time to invest in yourself!

Braces FAQ

What types of braces do you offer?2024-04-01T11:07:45+00:00

We offer a variety of braces to suit your unique needs and preferences. You can choose from traditional metal braces, clear braces, and gold braces. Each type has its own benefits, and we’ll work with you to determine which is the best fit for your lifestyle and orthodontic needs.

How much do braces cost?2024-04-01T11:17:50+00:00

We strive to make orthodontic treatment affordable for everyone. Our metal braces start at just $149 per month. The exact cost of your treatment will depend on your unique needs, the type of braces you choose, and the length of your treatment. We also offer a Lowest Price Guarantee, so you can be confident that you’re getting the best value for your treatment.

Do you offer financing options?2024-04-01T11:17:42+00:00

Yes, we offer flexible financing options to make your treatment more affordable. Every patient is approved for in-office financing with 0% interest. We have low monthly payments available, and we offer easy, immediate, no-interest financing through Epic. We also accept HSA and FSA’s, and most insurance plans.

How often will I need to visit the office?2024-04-01T11:17:35+00:00

We respect our patients’ time and aim to minimize your visits to our office. The frequency of your visits will depend on your specific treatment plan, but we strive to make your treatment as convenient as possible. We also offer virtual visits as an option for some appointments.

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