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Braces & Phase 1 Treatment for Kids

If you’ve been routinely seeing a pediatric dentist for your child, it may come as no surprise that an orthodontic consult is recommended as early as age 7. While this may seem too young – it is actually the perfect timing to intervene on mild to severe alignment & spacing issues.

What is Early Orthodontic Intervention?

Early orthodontic intervention, also known as interceptive orthodontics or Phase I orthodontics, refers to orthodontic treatment that is provided to children between the ages of 7 and 11. The goal of early orthodontic intervention is to address orthodontic issues and guide the growth and development of the teeth and jaws while the child is still growing.

During early orthodontic intervention, orthodontists may use various techniques to correct problems such as crowded teeth, bite issues, and jaw misalignment. This may involve the use of braces, space maintainers, expanders, or other orthodontic appliances.

Early orthodontic intervention is beneficial because it can help to address orthodontic issues before they become more severe and difficult to treat. It can also help to create space for permanent teeth to come in properly and improve the overall alignment of the teeth and jaws.

By addressing orthodontic issues early, children may require less extensive orthodontic treatment later in life, leading to shorter treatment times and potentially avoiding the need for more invasive procedures, such as tooth extractions or jaw surgery, in the future. Overall, early orthodontic intervention can help children achieve healthier, more attractive smiles and improve their long-term dental health and well-being

Types of Braces for Kids

When it comes to straightening teeth and creating beautiful smiles, we understand that every child is unique, which is why we offer a variety of treatment options tailored to their needs.

What to Expect

Our process for braces begins with a thorough consultation to assess your child’s orthodontic needs and discuss treatment options. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Initial Consultation. During the initial consultation, Dr. Teng will perform a comprehensive examination of your child’s teeth, jaws, and bite – this will include getting any necessary X-rays and imaging. We’ll discuss your child’s concerns, treatment goals, and any questions you may have.
  • Treatment Planning. Based on the exam, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan that addresses their specific orthodontic issues. We’ll explain the recommended treatment options, including traditional metal braces, and discuss the expected duration of treatment.
  • Braces Placement. Once the treatment plan is finalized, we’ll schedule an appointment to place the braces.
  • Ongoing Monitoring. Throughout your child’s orthodontic treatment, we’ll schedule regular check-up appointments to monitor their progress and make any necessary adjustments to the braces. Our team will be available to address any concerns or questions that arise during treatment.
  • Braces Removal. Once your child’s teeth have achieved the desired alignment and bite correction, we’ll remove the braces and provide retainers to maintain the results. We’ll also discuss post-treatment care and the importance of wearing retainers as prescribed.

Trusted Pediatric Orthodontist in El Paso

At JT Orthodontics, our goal is to make the braces experience as comfortable and rewarding as possible for your child. With our personalized approach and expert care, we’ll help your child achieve a confident, healthy smile they can be proud of. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our braces options for children!

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Braces & Invisalign


Invisalign® for Adults and Teens

Since Invisalign is nearly invisible, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

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State-of-the-art SureSmile digital technology gives you faster and better-quality treatment than traditional orthodontic treatment.

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Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces are the tried and true option for many younger patients. They can fix a range of orthodontic problems that range in severity from mild to severe. We recommend these for kids as young as 7.

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Damon Braces

Damon Braces give you a broader, healthier smile faster and more comfortably than conventional braces.



An advanced orthodontic technique that works with your braces or aligners to fast track your orthodontic treatment.

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Orthodontics for All Ages


Early Orthodontic Treatment

You shouldn’t have to wait until the end of your orthodontic treatment to have confidence and a healthy smile.

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Adolescent Orthodontic Treatment

Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected.

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Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics is not just for children and teens! In fact, 1 in every 4 patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. No one is too old for orthodontic treatment.

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5-Star Reviews

Patients Love Us!

Great staff and even better doctor. Recommend it to anybody that wants good work done on their teeth wether it be aligners or braces.

Aldo Escudero

Great staff! Amazing Orthodontist!We’ve been through four rounds of braces at other places and this place is much better! Great prices and probably the best ortho in town. He has 2 locations and we absolutely love the west side location

Deana Estrada

We absolutely love Dr. Teng and both his offices Teams. They have been great and made this journey exciting and easy. Thank you all very much for putting your hearts in your work. My son I are very happy with the results 😁

Esmeralda Villarreal

wonderful experience all around. Dr. Teng has great team full of ambitious people. the place was organized and clean glad i chose this place.

Julian Meneses

Dr. Jesse Teng has a wonderful office filled with skilled and caring practitioners. His technology is off the charts, wands that scan and rotating xray machines. He strives for excellence in everything he does. Assistant Eliana Gonzalez gave outstanding service.

Laurie Marshall

I'm extremely greatful for Dr. Teng and his team. Their kindness and professionalism throughout my treatment has been incredible, and I am greatful for their support during the process of perfecting my smile. Thank you so much!

S Bond

All the staff are very friendly and helpful I’d definitely recommend this establishment to anyone looking to get braces.

Alfred Hernandez

Came in today with Lulu and she was great!!! She definitely made the appointment go go smooth and quick! She is the best at adding new hooks! It is uncomfortable having your mouth open for so long while laying upside down so I appreciate her so much!!!


Had an amazing environment and wonderful staff.. never disappointed when I come snd greeted with nothing but good energy.

Victoria Ayala

Lulu work in my braces. They made everything so easy. I received my braces the same day. They are very gentle for those that are apprehensive

Tanya Edwards

Wonderful experience. Lulu was thorough, very knowledgable, and super friendly. As always, Dr. Teng is great and has an awesome staff.

Raq Guz

Dr. Teng and his staff have always been super friendly and helpful to my family and I. Overall very happy with mine and my kids dental treatment with JT orthodontics! Would definitely recommend for anyone looking to get braces or aligners.

Jazmin Fig

Great service! My son has had no complaints about his braces, friendly staff and they provide excellent treatment!

ruben balboa

Dr. Teng and his staff made our kids’ first experience with braces a very positive one. Getting their braces on was easy and seamless and the staff helped our kids be at ease.

Mica Espinoza

I am absolutely pleased with my Invisalign progress with Dr. Teng and his team. I was told at another dentist that Invisalign was not an option for me so i started researching and asking for recommendations. Dr. Teng does a thorough and comprehensive consultation ensuring the success of investment. I highly recommend Dr. Teng for braces and Invisalign.

Heather Vizcaya

After seeing two orthodontics I decided to start my Invisalign journey with JT Orthodontist. I'm currently 7 months into the journey and can start to see the finish line. The staff has been amazing and always answers all my questions. It's a great place!

Ricardo Chaffino

Lulu helped me get back in track with treatment. She was very professional and structured when placing brackets.

Gilberto Morales

As a healthcare professional myself I appreciate the level of expertise and care that Dr. Teng and his staff provided during my Invisalign Treatment. I recommend Dr. Teng to anyone looking for orthodontic treatment. Today was my last day of treatment, Lulu assisted with my removal and it was a wonderful experience. Thank you team for everything, I love my smile and can’t thank you enough for your help in the process!

Hannah Livingston

I just completed my Invisalign treatment with Dr Teng and couldn't be happier. He addressed the issues I was having and my smile is beautiful. Highly recommend!

Chelsea Wolfley