At Smiles for Maine Orthodontics, Board certified orthodontist, Dr. Brian Patterson and his team utilize the latest in orthodontic technology. Cutting-edge procedures, techniques, and equipment help us determine orthodontic issues with expedience and accelerate your treatment.

Improved Patient Experience

Faster Treatment Times

Increased Patient Comfort

Fewer In-Office Appointments

More Precise Tooth Alignment

Itero Element Smiles for Maine Orthodontics Waterville, ME iTero Digital Impressions

Getting an accurate impression is crucial for effective treatment and orthodontic care. The iOC Scanner captures the contours of the tooth and gingival structures, producing a highly accurate digital orthodontic scan in just minutes.

How iTero Works

The iTero handheld wand creates a digital 3-D image of your teeth. The doctor and patient can view this image on a screen in real-time. The need for taking traditional putty impressions is eliminated, and with no physical impressions needing to be shipped to a lab, the digital image is available in the Invisalign Clincheck system the next day. The advantages to both the orthodontist and patient are quite clear – this system affords superior accuracy, increased patient comfort with no invasive putty impressions and goopy aftertaste, and a faster, more accurate diagnosis of your orthodontic treatment needs.

LightForce Orthodontics

This revolutionary program uses 3D printing technology for Dr. Brian Patterson and the team to create custom-fitted braces for patients in order to achieve the goals of their treatment plan. They are designed to fit YOUR teeth perfectly. LightForce’s brackets and indirect bonding jigs are 3D printed, to ensure the precision of digital case setup and patient-specific bracket design is fully realized in the actual applications that will be placed on the patient’s teeth.

LightForce Brackets

Unlike traditional braces, which are manufactured with a fixed-base shape, LightForce Orthodontics uses state-of-the-art 3D printing technology to create brackets that are unique to each individual patient. Standard brackets have to compensate for mismatches between the bracket base and the shape of a patient’s tooth. Lightforce brackets can be bonded with a uniform cement layer. LightForce Brackets are designed with patient comfort in mind. The materials and custom base provide the necessary strength to minimize contact with the soft tissues of a patient’s gums and mouth. This prevents irritation, periodontal concerns during treatment, and long-term discomfort.