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Welcome to Our Orthodontic Site

We provide quality orthodontic treatment for both children and adults. Our goal is to not only produce wonderful smiles that last a lifetime but to do so while creating a lasting friendship with our patients. We achieve this by using the most modern orthodontic techniques in a friendly and personalized atmosphere. We feel that the relationship we develop with our patients during their time in orthodontic treatment is just as important as the beautiful smile that results.

First Orthodontic Visit

When should my child first see the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends the first visit to the orthodontist occur at age 7. This does not necessarily mean that the child needs treatment at this age. However, screening at this age can provide important information regarding the need for treatment and the timing of treatment. The orthodontist can gain valuable information at this age including crowding problems, future eruption problems, oral habits and developing skeletal disharmony.

What to expect at the first orthodontic visit

What should I expect at my orthodontic evaluation visit?

We know your time is valuable, so we would like to accomplish as much as possible at the evaluation visit. This visit combines the evaluation, treatment explanation, diagnostic records and financial arrangements in a single appointment. This appointment will take approximately 1 hour. At this visit you can expect the following:

After you have completed the necessary paperwork, the Treatment Coordinator will review your information with you. The records Coordinator will then take the necessary x-rays, photographs and necessary molds that Dr. Bowden will use to complete his evaluation. Once Dr. Bowden completes the orthodontic evaluation, he will discuss the proposed treatment options with you. The Treatment Coordinator will then review the proposed treatment, answer any questions you have, discuss the different payment options available including insurance questions. She will schedule the appointment to place the braces.

Once these steps have been completed, it will be time to get on the road to a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime!!!!!

Financial Information

Most dental insurance programs provide coverage for a portion of orthodontic treatment for each child. Each individual plan varies in the amount of coverage. Contact your insurance provider to check the orthodontic benefits.Our office offers flexible payment plans for orthodontic treatment. We will be happy to explain the different options we offer when you visit our office for an orthodontic evaluation.


Elastics move the teeth in a direction which cannot be accomplished with “braces” alone. It may seem hard for you to put the elastics on at first, but it will become easy with practice.

Your teeth will be a little tender for three to four days when you first begin wearing them. Elastic wear must be constant! At least 22 hours per day and 7 days per week.

If you wear elastics for several hours, then take them off for a while, put them back on, etc., you will get a lot of back and forth movement, and no progress will be made in your treatment.

This is not healthy for your teeth. You will always have tenderness, too, if you don’t wear them all the time.

Please carry a package with you all the time. Please call us if you run out, and we will be happy to mail another package to you.

Change the elastics at least twice a day (every 12 hours). If one side breaks, replace both sides.

When brushing, place elastics on your little finger to remind you to replace them immediately following brushing.

Elastic wear is an important key to the speed in which your treatment is completed and the final result.

Good luck with your elastics! Please call if you have any questions. Thank you!

Care for your braces

Care for your braces


Today was the big day! Your braces are on, and there are probably a lot of questions and concerns you might have. You will be surprised at how little time it will takes to adapt to your new orthodontic appliances. In fact, after the initial soreness and adjustment period, life won’t be much different at all. There are a few helpful hints that will make life easier for you while you are getting used to your braces:

Initial Tenderness | Care of Your Braces | Diet | Habits | Extracurricular Activities | Orthodontic Diet Chart | Don’t Play Around With Plaque


Your teeth will be tender for the next few days. Tylenol or Advil will help relieve this tenderness. Exercising the teeth by chewing on the bite wafer that is in your “Survival Kit” will help relieve the soreness. Sore teeth are similar to muscles that become sore from exercise. As with sore muscles, the sooner the teeth are exercised, the sooner the soreness will be worked out.

Your teeth may start to feel mobile or “loose” during treatment. This is normal.

The braces may cause some irritation to the lips, tongue or cheeks. If this happens, you may:

  • Use a small piece of silicone wax in your “Survival Kit” to cover the bracket to make it smoother. After a few weeks, the lips and cheek will adapt to the brackets or appliance, and the wax will no longer be necessary.
  • Use warm salt water rinses to help cleanse the irritated tissue and speed healing.
  • Use Zilactin or Orabase on the irritated tissue to help ease the discomfort.
  • Take Tylenol or Advil for discomfort.

A tie wire may get loose and stick the inside of your mouth. When this happens, gently tuck the wire back into place under the main archwire with a blunt object such as an eraser on the end of a pencil. If you can’t nudge the wire back into place, cover it with a small piece of silicone wax until you can get in to the office.


Be careful with your new braces – they are not indestructible. In fact, they can be easily loosened or even broken if you are not careful.

Of course, extra care will be needed to keep your teeth clean. Cavities and/or white spots can develop around the bands and brackets if the teeth are not kept clean. Poor oral hygiene can also lead to inflamed, unhealthy gums. We will insist that you continue to see your regular dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings.


It is absolutely essential that you AVOID eating hard foods such as ice, popcorn, nuts or corn chips.

Sticky foods should also be avoided. Foods such as gum (especially bubblegum), taffy, caramel, fruit roll ups and other sticky foods will loosen your braces.

If you eat raw fruits and vegetables or crusty breads, it’s a good idea to cut them into bite size pieces before eating them.

Fresh corn should be sliced off the cob before eating.

Try to cut down on sugary foods and carbonated beverages because these are major culprits in the development of “white spots” on the teeth around the braces.


Habits such as chewing on pencils, biting fingernails, picking at your wires, thumbsucking and unnatural tongue thrusting may loosen or break your braces. Try to break bad habits before they break your braces!!!


You may participate in contact sports with braces, as long as you wear a mouthguard. We will be glad to provide a mouthguard to you if you need one.

You can still play your musical instrument with braces. It may take a little patience when you first get your braces as you adapt to a different “feel,” but please remember, many before you have done it, so we know you can, too !!!

This is going to be a fun time for you!!! Just remember effort = results. The better your effort, the better your results. You are on the road to a winning smile that will last a lifetime!!!!!

Remember we are always here to help you and answer any questions that you might have.
Good luck and enjoy the ride !!!


Foods that cannot be cleaned off the braces may lead to discoloration and decay of your teeth. Even though our braces and wires are metal or ceramic, they are fragile and are usually damaged by eating the wrong foods, thus taking longer to finish your treatment.


Gum Sugarless or otherwise
Sticky caramels Sugar Daddies Star Bursts caramel apples
Foods licorice toffee Now & Laters Tootsie Rolls
Gummy Bears Jolly Ranchers Milk Duds Snickers
Hard Foods nuts popcorn hard candy bagels
Doritos pizza crusts hard pretzels jerky
ice corn on the cob apples/carrots (unless

cooked or cut into small pieces)

Minimize sugar intake

Eat much less candy cookies cake ice cream
pie foods with sugar
Drink much less soda pop drinks with sugar

* The foods listed above are only examples. There are so many others to be aware of.


  1. The patient (or parent) should check for loose bands on a periodic basis by attempting to gently move the band with a fingernail. If bands become loose or wires broken, call during office hours to let us know so that we may schedule your appointment with the appropriate time to repair your appliances.
  2. Brush thoroughly after each meal. Brush the gum line around the bands or wires. If you fail to get the teeth clean and exercise the gums, the gums swell and make it more difficult to clean. Continued neglect of these areas may result in bad breath or even tooth decay.


Tooth brushing should be done in four steps:

  1. Along gum line on each individual tooth, front surface and back surface, not in groups of teeth.
  2. On top surfaces of the teeth.
  3. Under archwire all the way around.
  4. Then go back and shine up the bands and brackets.

You need to concentrate on one tooth at a time and work your way all the way around the arch. Then you will continue to the next arch. Do not try to do everything all at once! If this is followed in the same order each time, it will be more effective, and you won’t forget any areas.

Typically, patients with braces do not apply enough pressure to the toothbrush to get between the teeth and the gums.

If you have a Waterpik or Hydro Floss, use it as often as possible.

DENTAL FLOSS is very, very important! This needs to be done at least once a day. Before bed is a great time so that you can take your time and not be rushed. A substitute for regular flossing is the HYDRO FLOSS. For additional information, please inquire from any staff member.

We will schedule appointments to go over tooth brushing if it is not done properly. It is a must!

Please call our office if you have any question or concerns. Thank you!



Retainers are used to maintain and hold your teeth in the new and corrected position.

Teeth are very dynamic - they move and shift throughout life whether you have had orthodontic treatment or not. Retainers are placed once your braces have been removed. Retainers are normally worn for several months full-time, then you will be asked to wear them at night when you sleep.

Wear a new appliance day and night unless instructed otherwise, except for eating, tooth brushing, swimming or playing other sports or games.

With a new appliance, there may be an initial difficulty in speech or a plastic taste from the appliance; both should disappear in a day or two.

Do not use your tongue to flip or play with the appliance as this will loosen it. Sticky foods (such a gum, caramels, taffy, etc.) should be avoided as they will loosen the fit and stick to the retainer.

When your retainers are not being worn, please keep them in their retainer box and away from heat and direct sunlight. They can become distorted. Never place them in hot or boiling water for cleaning.

Keep away from pets! They love to use them as “chewys.” It will be gone before you know it.

You will need to keep your retainers clean. You can do this by:

  • Cleaning with soap and warm water
  • Placing them in mouthwash to freshen them up
  • Do not use toothpaste and a toothbursh on the clear retainers
    as this will “scuff” them and they will not be as clear

Retainers that are wrapped in napkins, Kleenex, paper towels, etc. have a tendency to get thrown away!!!!!!!!! Always place your retainers in your retainer box when not in your mouth.

If your retainers are lost or broken, there will be a charge to remake the new one. It is very important to call the office at once, as new impressions need to be taken and the retainer(s) remade.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office. Thank you!

Cool Stuff

Cool Stuff

Hey, Everybody Goes Through It
So-Let’s Have Some Fun!!!!!!
Who said having braces can’t be FUN?????

Dr. Bowden has made it to where your time in braces in our office will be a lot of FUN!!!

You will also get a “Survival Kit” which has all the stuff you will need to help you get used to your braces and take care of your teeth. By the way, all the stories you have probably heard about braces hurting is definitely not true. It will take you about three days to get used to your braces. After that, it is NO BIG DEAL!!!

Now let’s talk about the really fun stuff. Let’s talk ORTHOBUCKS. This is a special program only in Dr. Bowden’s office and it rewards you for doing all the things we ask you to do during the time you have braces.

You can earn ORTHOBUCKS each appointment by just doing the simple things such as:

  • Being on time to your appointment
  • Get a good grade on your brushing by one of the assistants
  • Having nothing on your braces broken or loose

You can also earn ORTHOBUCKS by:

  • Showing us your report card (orthobucks for A honor roll or A-B Honor roll)
  • Any awards you get for extracurricular activities in the school or in the community
  • Any recognition you get for doing something positive in your school or community

What can you do with ORTHOBUCKS???? That’s the great part.
The ORTHOBUCKS list has all kinds of cool stuff:

Pizza coupons Bob O’s gift cards
Movie passes Adventure Zone gift cards
Blockbuster Video gift cards Barnes and Noble gift cards
Music gift cards Mall gift certificates
Backpacks Walkman radios

Hey we’ve got the nicest team of ladies to work on you, we make you feel special each and every time you come to see us. Oh yeah, don’t forget our “world famous” ice cream you get each time you come in (and if your parents are nice we will give them some too). Not to mention awesome videos games to play while you are waiting and the movies you can enjoy while you are in the chair.

So, wearing braces can be HO HUM, or they can be an AWESOME EXPERIENCE when you get them with Dr. Bowden and our team.


The O Zone

Check out the O Zone

Click on the video below and take a virtual tour of our newly designed orthodontic treatment area called the “O Zone”. This is where we do braces in our office. As you get your braces adjusted, you will get to check out 7 HD Flat Screen TVs as well as huge beautiful acrylic prints of the most famous sporting venues in the world. As you lay in the chair, you will also get to check out all of the motivational quotes in the ceiling tiles. You can’t help but be inspired when you are in the O Zone!!!!

Dr. Bowden has always been very professional and kind in regards to my orthodontic treatment. by Austin Alcala

Thank you for giving me fantastic straight teeth. I cannot tell you how much my confidence has grown. by Marcela Martinez

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Jim Bowden, D.D.S.
7185 Westwind Drive
El Paso, Texas 79912



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