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Janet Lorraine Jordan, DDS

Orthodontist

Dr. Janet Lorraine Jordan DDS is a top Orthodontist in Phoenix, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Janet Lorraine Jordan DDS is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Janet Lorraine Jordan DDS is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Janet Lorraine Jordan DDS is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Janet Lorraine Jordan DDS is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Janet Lorraine Jordan, DDS
  • Phoenix, AZ
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What are invisible braces? Are they very expensive?

The term "invisible braces" alludes to braces that are less noticeable because they are made of a clear material. Usually, they are made of a ceramic or glass, but they can also READ MORE
The term "invisible braces" alludes to braces that are less noticeable because they are made of a clear material. Usually, they are made of a ceramic or glass, but they can also be made of plastic. They typically are not priced any differently than a metal bracket or are only minimally more costly.

Using teeth whitening strips is causing a burning sensation. Is this normal?

Yes, sometimes whitening teeth can lead to this sensation. The question I have is, is the sensation coming from your gums or from the teeth themselves? If it is the gum tissue, READ MORE
Yes, sometimes whitening teeth can lead to this sensation. The question I have is, is the sensation coming from your gums or from the teeth themselves? If it is the gum tissue, you should take care to avoid any contact of the strips to the gums to avoid this direct contact of the whitening agent, which can indeed irritate and burn the tissue. If you are not sure whether it is your teeth or your gums, or if you think it is your teeth, I do not recommend that you continue to use them without first consulting your dentist to ensure that you are safe in applying the strips.

What can I do to help my child understand why they need braces?

Sometimes pictures are a tremendous help. You can find many examples on the internet. Do you think it might be helpful to show her before and after pictures of people who have READ MORE
Sometimes pictures are a tremendous help. You can find many examples on the internet. Do you think it might be helpful to show her before and after pictures of people who have had orthodontic treatment? There may be a reasonable solution for her with a treatment she might agree with, for example treatment with Invisalign. If you think that you can at least get her to see an Orthodontist for an evaluation, that Orthodontist can evaluate and assist you both in making sense of it all. Let the Orthodontist know about her concerns and encourage her not to be afraid to speak with them. I'm sure you know your daughter best. If you have the ability to select from a pool of doctors, try picking one that you think your daughter would like the most. Maybe call ahead and speak with the office or visit the office to see if you think your daughter would be comfortable there or not. If none of these options work, it may be a matter of waiting for her to mature a bit. We see many adults who willing seek out treatment that they may have avoided as a child.
Best wishes for your success with your daughter. :)

How is an overbite usually treated?

Invisalign has made great advances in their product and can often be a viable option to treat an overbite. It may not be the best for your situation though. An orthodontist is READ MORE
Invisalign has made great advances in their product and can often be a viable option to treat an overbite. It may not be the best for your situation though. An orthodontist is trained to help you determine the best course of action in attaining the smile you want and in achieving a healthy result. I recommend that you speak again with your orthodontist and discuss your concerns. You can then question them if Invisalign might work for you or if there might be a different solution.

What are some options for an adult looking to straighten their teeth?

Options to straighten teeth can include Invisalign, clear or regular braces, or various removable appliances. I have found that each individual has their own unique circumstances READ MORE
Options to straighten teeth can include Invisalign, clear or regular braces, or various removable appliances. I have found that each individual has their own unique circumstances and lifestyle which can help determine which choice is best for them. There may be several options that are perfect for you.

How do I know if my child needs braces?

Yes, often an overbite does need some kind of orthodontic treatment to correct it. She is at the perfect age to have an orthodontic evaluation. I strongly recommend that you contact READ MORE
Yes, often an overbite does need some kind of orthodontic treatment to correct it. She is at the perfect age to have an orthodontic evaluation. I strongly recommend that you contact an orthodontist in your area for a complementary evaluation.

A part of my tooth that should be in the gums is visibly out. What can be done to treat it?

Your best solution should first be to consult with your general dentist. They should be able to advise you as to what can be done.

Is there any replacement for braces to get the perfect smile?

You may be a candidate for Invisalign. To find out, you can make an appointment with an orthodontist in your area for a complementary evaluation.

Speech therapy or braces first?

It is very common to have both treatments at the same time. If your teeth are indeed contributing to your speech pathology it is probably best for you to move forward with the READ MORE
It is very common to have both treatments at the same time. If your teeth are indeed contributing to your speech pathology it is probably best for you to move forward with the treatment to correct your teeth at this time and discuss the speech issue with your orthodontist while there.

Is there a better way to get the perfect smile other than getting braces?

Is your concern mainly your jawline? Orthodontics can be of help with many patients however with out seeing you it is difficult for me to properly advise you. Some patients actually READ MORE
Is your concern mainly your jawline? Orthodontics can be of help with many patients however with out seeing you it is difficult for me to properly advise you. Some patients actually require a surgical treatment to correct a disproportionate jaw. A consult with an orthodontist should be able to address your concerns and assist you in finding a solution that is reasonable and essentially pain free.

How long should one keep their braces to correct the alignment of the bottom teeth?

Everyone’s teeth, bone and alignment of teeth is different so the amount of time it takes for each person is not the same. That is a question that can be answered by an orthodontist READ MORE
Everyone’s teeth, bone and alignment of teeth is different so the amount of time it takes for each person is not the same. That is a question that can be answered by an orthodontist once they have been able to evaluate your teeth and bite.

I have recently got my braces fixed and they seem to be cutting into the skin of my mouth. What to do?

I doubt that you will have to have them redone but you should call your orthodontist right away and discuss this with them. They should be able to assist you with some instructions READ MORE
I doubt that you will have to have them redone but you should call your orthodontist right away and discuss this with them. They should be able to assist you with some instructions on what to do and may invite you to come back in so that they can take a look. In the meantime, if you can, please apply orthodontic wax to the braces that are bothering you and keep it in place to better protect your tissues.

Braces

Not necessarily but it could lead to a worsening of the alignment of the teeth on either side. It would be best to have an orthodontist take a look at it and then advise you. If READ MORE
Not necessarily but it could lead to a worsening of the alignment of the teeth on either side. It would be best to have an orthodontist take a look at it and then advise you. If treatment is recommended, it may be something that can be fixed with just a retainer or a very limited Invisalign treatment.

What are the factors to identify a bite correctness problem?

Seeing an orthodontist is the best way to know for sure and most orthodontists will evaluate a patient free of charge. Some of the signs you can look for to decide if there is READ MORE
Seeing an orthodontist is the best way to know for sure and most orthodontists will evaluate a patient free of charge. Some of the signs you can look for to decide if there is a problem are:
* The patient lost their baby teeth early or late
* Difficulty chewing or biting
* Mouth breather
* Crowding, misplaced or blocked out teeth
* Jaws that shift or make sounds
* Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
* Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
* Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face

My 9 year old son is getting his permanent teeth, but they are not in order. What should I do?

A visit with an orthodontist should clarify for you what is going on for you and if he needs help, the orthodontist should be able to advise you as to what can be done to fix it. READ MORE
A visit with an orthodontist should clarify for you what is going on for you and if he needs help, the orthodontist should be able to advise you as to what can be done to fix it. Some times at this age there may be a simple exercise that the patient can do or it may be that having your dentist remove a baby tooth or teeth early might help. The orthodontist can recommend whats best once they have had an opportunity to evaluate you son. Most orthodontists will evaluate patients free of charge.

My daughter is 13 years old and has a bite problem. What will be the course of treatment?

Your daughter should be examined by an orthodontist as soon as possible. This type of bite needs intervention to be corrected. Depending on the underlying reason for this bite, READ MORE
Your daughter should be examined by an orthodontist as soon as possible. This type of bite needs intervention to be corrected. Depending on the underlying reason for this bite, there might be a treatment with braces that can correct it, but the sooner it is evaluated the less chance that it can lead to other problems. Sometimes, a correction of this type of bite might require a surgical correction as well. An orthodontist should be able to advise you once they have examined your daughter.

Can clenching my teeth cause them to erode?

Clenching can lead to cracks and breakdown of teeth and along with grinding can wear the enamel down. In addition, Clenching can lead to jaw problems which can then lead to a wearing READ MORE
Clenching can lead to cracks and breakdown of teeth and along with grinding can wear the enamel down. In addition, Clenching can lead to jaw problems which can then lead to a wearing of teeth.

My son is 8 years and his permanent teeth are crooked. Is it too early to go to an orthodontist?

Yes definitely, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist examine a child's teeth by the time they are 7 years old, even while baby teeth are still READ MORE
Yes definitely, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist examine a child's teeth by the time they are 7 years old, even while baby teeth are still in the mouth. An orthodontist can identify a
developing problem and often times they might suggest working with the dentist to have them remove a baby tooth or teeth early in order to prevent a larger problem. Often, the orthodontist will just want to monitor the child’s growth and development, and then if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.

How long does it take for teeth to set with retainers?

It can take the teeth up to one year or more to stabilize after treatment. That is typically the amount of time necessary for the bone and surrounding structures to heal. Although READ MORE
It can take the teeth up to one year or more to stabilize after treatment. That is typically the amount of time necessary for the bone and surrounding structures to heal. Although everyone is different, we typically try to wean people off of wearing their retainers slowly. The main thing to keep in mind is that you should wear your retainers enough to keep your teeth in place and for your retainers to fit properly. Never throw them away as they are a tool to ensure that your teeth remain in position for a life time. For some people, after the first year out of braces, the positions of their teeth will never be stable enough for them to completely stop wearing their retainers, making it necessary to wear them several nights a week. For others it is just a matter of checking regularly that their retainers fit properly.

My daughter is 4 years old and is used to sucking her thumb. Will it cause her teeth to grow outwards?

Research shows that thumb sucking after the age of four or five can change the shape of a persons jaws in a way that can lead to improper positioning of the teeth. If you are worried READ MORE
Research shows that thumb sucking after the age of four or five can change the shape of a persons jaws in a way that can lead to improper positioning of the teeth. If you are worried their sucking may be hurting her teeth don't hesitate to ask your dentist or visit an orthodontist who can evaluate your daughter. Most orthodontists are happy to offer a complimentary evaluation free of charge. Thumb sucking isn't always a concern but it is more likely to cause a problem if a child sucks vigorously, as opposed to passively resting the thumb in his or her mouth. Aggressive thumb sucking can even cause problems in baby teeth. If you're concerned about the effect of thumb sucking on your daughter's teeth, check with an orthodontist or the dentist. For some childern, a chat with a doctor about why it's important to stop thumb sucking is more effective than a talk with mom or dad and if all else fails the orthodontist might recommend a special mouth guard or other dental appliance that interferes with sucking.