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How To Know If Your Child Needs Orthodontics

There isn’t a specific age at which children should start undergoing orthodontic treatment. However, at around seven years old, your child will have grown out enough permanent teeth and the jaw is developed enough to tell if there are any current issues… or any on the horizon.

There are many benefits to getting orthodontic treatment as a child, including shorter treatment time, fewer impacted permanent teeth, and reduced chance of needing to remove teeth because we:

  • Guide teeth into desired positions early 
  • Minimize crowding/creating room for erupting teeth
  • Guide jaw growth
  • Correct the results of oral habits like thumb and finger sucking 

 

Are there any signs I should look for?

Yes, definitely! Here are some of the signs to keep in mind:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting into food
  • Grinding and/or clenching of teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Speech difficulties
  • Thumb or other finger sucking habit
  • Crowding, misplacement, or blocking of teeth
  • Jaw shifts or jaw noises like popping
  • Protruding of teeth
  • Biting the inside of his or her cheek 
  • Teeth meet abnormally or do not meet at all
  • Jaw and teeth do not appear to be proportionate to the face

Keep in mind that these signs do not guarantee that your child needs treatment, but they may indicate that an orthodontic evaluation may be a good idea.

Do some of these signs look familiar to you? 

Have no fear, your child will be in good hands! The Smiles for Maine team has worked hard to build a family-oriented, professional practice. They are no strangers to the latest technology so you can be sure that our team will always be to date on the newest trends in orthodontics. 

Think your child may need an orthodontic evaluation?

Give us a call and make an appointment for a consultation. Smiles for Maine Orthodontics offers complimentary new patient exams. You can visit our website or call us at: (207)-873-7425 to request an appointment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET DR. BRIAN PATTERSON

Dr. Brian is a 2016 graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston where he was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society.  He then completed his Master’s degree and orthodontic certificate at Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education in 2018, where he was awarded the best clinician in his class.  He is a member of the Maine Dental Association (MDA), American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), and a candidate for the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification.  Dr. Brian said that he chose orthodontics because it is a unique blend of both art and science, which aligns with his personality.  He also explained that his unwavering commitment and passion for orthodontics stems from his personal experience in orthodontic treatment and the impression that it had in his life – both aesthetically and in his self-confidence.  Dr. Brian has said that he “feels blessed to have a job to create smiles that not only look beautiful, but truly have the ability to change someone’s life.”

Read more about Dr Brian Patterson here.

Invisalign: Clear. Cool. Comfortable. By Smiles for Maine

 

We often get questions at Smiles for Maine about Invisalign Clear Aligners: Are they as good as braces? Do they take longer? Are they more expensive? The answers are yes, no and no. Yes, we can treat just about any case with Invisalign that we could treat with traditional braces. No, they don’t take longer (sometimes they’re even faster!). And no, they are not more expensive – we price our Invisalign treatment at the same cost as braces so that doesn’t have to be a factor in your decision making.

But why do we like Invisalign so much? Well there are the technical reasons – high tech, great flexibility, specificity in movement, etc. But what does your teen care about? Invisalign is clear, cool and comfortable.

Clear: Invisalign clear aligners make metal mouth a thing of the past. The aligners are worn for 22 hours per day and are barely discernible – no closed lipped selfies necessary.

Cool: While we wish it weren’t a factor, we know that kids and teens want what’s cool. Whether they want to decorate their aligners with Stickables (Invisaligns newest trend) or stick to the crystal clear look, they get to have fun with their smile journey when Invisalign is involved.

Comfortable: Invisalign clear aligners are 3D printed to our exact specifications. That means they are unique to your child’s mouth, preventing chafing from extraneous plastic or loose wires.

It’s for these reasons and more that we offer Invisalign as a treatment option for our patients (kids, teens and adults alike).

If you’d like to learn more or find out if Invisalign is the right fit for your child, contact us today! We offer complimentary consultations and can’t wait to meet you!

Smiles for Maine Orthodontics offers complimentary new patient exams. You can visit our website or call us at: (207)-873-7425 to request an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET DR. BRIAN PATTERSON

Dr. Brian is a 2016 graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston where he was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society.  He then completed his Master’s degree and orthodontic certificate at Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education in 2018, where he was awarded the best clinician in his class.  He is a member of the Maine Dental Association (MDA), American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), and a candidate for the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification.  Dr. Brian said that he chose orthodontics because it is a unique blend of both art and science, which aligns with his personality.  He also explained that his unwavering commitment and passion for orthodontics stems from his personal experience in orthodontic treatment and the impression that it had in his life – both esthetically and in his self-confidence.  Dr. Brian has said that he “feels blessed to have a job to create smiles that not only look beautiful, but truly have the ability to change someone’s life.”

Read more about Dr Brian Patterson here.

 

Say goodbye to the goop!

Providing our patients with a unique and positive experience that they can’t find elsewhere is one of the main goals at Smiles for Maine Orthodontics. We strive to provide treatment that’s effective yet also comfortable by incorporating the latest innovative technology into the practice of orthodontics.

That’s why we are proud to talk about our state-of-the-art, iTero® Element™digital scanner, which is used to take 3D impressions on each patient, allowing us to permanently retire that uncomfortable, gooey, impressions material that is typically used. At the same time, it provides more precise information for better fitting appliances and enables shorter appointment times.

Here’s how it works: With a scanning wand, we’re able to take hundreds of photos of a patient’s teeth in minutes. These photos are then displayed on our computer, providing 3D imaging of the mouth from any angle. The use of the scanner helps provide a clear image that results in appliances that are fitted with precision accuracy.

Another positive aspect of using the scanner is that it’s directly linked with the Invisalign® system, which allows me to use aligners to create a perfect smile. Once the patient is scanned, their images are sent directly to Invisalign. You can even see the outcome of your treatment ahead of time!

And the final result? Faster turnaround time, and perfectly fitted aligners.

Digital impressions are less time consuming, safe, and comfortable. So the next time you hear the word “impressions,”– don’t worry!

Smiles for Maine Orthodontics offers complimentary new patient exams. You can visit our website or call us at: (207)-873-7425 to request an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET DR. BRIAN PATTERSON

Dr. Brian is a 2016 graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston where he was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society.  He then completed his Master’s degree and orthodontic certificate at Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education in 2018, where he was awarded the best clinician in his class.  He is a member of the Maine Dental Association (MDA), American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), and a candidate for the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification.  Dr. Brian said that he chose orthodontics because it is a unique blend of both art and science, which aligns with his personality.  He also explained that his unwavering commitment and passion for orthodontics stems from his personal experience in orthodontic treatment and the impression that it had in his life – both esthetically and in his self-confidence.  Dr. Brian has said that he “feels blessed to have a job to create smiles that not only look beautiful, but truly have the ability to change someone’s life.”

Read more about Dr Brian Patterson here.

 

Zoom Your Way to a Beautiful Smile

 

At Smiles For Maine Orthodontics we’ve noticed a trend over the past year: more and more adults looking to straighten their teeth with orthodontics. Adults have always been interested in having a great smile but we think there’s a reason for this sharp increase in requests: Zoom. 

Think about it, pre-Covid you’d finish your morning routine at the mirror and then you wouldn’t see yourself again until it was time for your bedtime routine – other than the occasional trip to the bathroom or to take a fun selfie. Now that we’re on Zoom and FaceTime for all our meetings (sometimes even if you’re back at the office) and virtual gatherings, we’re busy staring at ourselves, and our smiles, ALL DAY LONG! 

No wonder more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment. And it’s not just any orthodontic treatment they’re after – Invisalign is the most highly sought. Invisalign Clear Aligners are the way to go for adult orthodontic treatment. Not only do they take less time than traditional braces, but they’re virtually invisible! Plus, we can treat only the elements of your smile that are most important to you.

 

Get that new smile before we go maskless again!

Here’s how it works: we start with a 3D scan of your teeth and then Dr. Brian Patterson uses our 3D imaging technology to map out a unique treatment plan and create custom aligners to guide your teeth along their journey. It will be important that you wear your aligners 22 hours per day – and since we’re all home more often these days, good hygiene will be easier to attain. 

We know there are a lot of direct to consumer options out there – here’s why we think it’s important to seek orthodontic care at a local practice: Orthodontists MOVE BONES IN YOUR FACE. Your teeth are bones! Without proper x-rays (we do 3D ones!) you could cause serious damage to your jaw, bite and smile. A local orthodontist, like Dr. Patterson has spent years studying in dental school, then additional years of education to gain an Orthodontic specialty degree and he is trusted by thousands of families in our community. 

 

You’ve figured out your Zoom background, it’s time to focus on the foreground.

If you’ve been staring at your smile wishing it was straighter, don’t waste another minute. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation – yes, free! We can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. 

Call us today at (207) 873-7425 to schedule a free consultation – we can start virtually or in person – your choice! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET DR. BRIAN PATTERSON

Dr. Brian is a 2016 graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston where he was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society.  He then completed his Master’s degree and orthodontic certificate at Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education in 2018, where he was awarded the best clinician in his class.  He is a member of the Maine Dental Association (MDA), American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), and a candidate for the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification.  Dr. Brian said that he chose orthodontics because it is a unique blend of both art and science, which aligns with his personality.  He also explained that his unwavering commitment and passion for orthodontics stems from his personal experience in orthodontic treatment and the impression that it had in his life – both esthetically and in his self-confidence.  Dr. Brian has said that he “feels blessed to have a job to create smiles that not only look beautiful, but truly have the ability to change someone’s life.”

Read more about Dr Brian Patterson here.

 

LightForce is Here – 3D Printed Braces For Personalized Treatment!

At Smiles for Maine Orthodontics we are committed to bringing our patients the most advanced orthodontics possible, to make sure your treatment is easy, efficient, and effective. That’s why we’re proud to announce that we are now offering LightForce, the world’s only 3D printed braces.

LightForce is lightyears ahead of traditional braces.

LightForce is a state-of-the-art technology that allows us to provide true custom treatment to each and every one of our patients. This personalized orthodontic 3D system customizes each bracket to fit every tooth perfectly. LightForce optimizes tooth movement, ensures comfort for our patients, and best of all, limits the time you need to spend in our office while getting the best treatment possible. Also, custom brackets can mean fewer emergency appointments for broken braces that don’t adhere as well to your mouth.

This is the most innovative advancement in bracket systems that the orthodontic industry has seen in decades.

What makes LightForce different?

LightForce is 100% customizable, bringing a flexibility and control never seen before in the treatment process. Unlike traditional braces, the brackets and braces are 3D printed exclusively for your mouth. LightForce’s 3D technology allows brackets to be patient-specific, allowing us to map a pathway to a better, healthier smile based on the needs of the individual patient.

How does LightForce work?

We take a complete digital scan of your smile during our initial consultation. Those scans will be used to design custom brackets for each individual tooth. 3D printing allows us to build the made-to-order brackets that we will actually use in your treatment. We place the brackets in any position on the tooth that is needed, meaning we have complete control of tooth movement making this orthodontic treatment faster and more efficient than traditional braces. LightForce braces are also more discreet than metal braces, allowing them to blend with the color of your teeth.

Ready to begin treatment?

Come into our office for a free consultation. At Smiles for Maine Orthodontics we are taking every precaution to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff during every office visit. Know that we are looking out for your total health – as well as your beautiful new smile.

Call us today at (207) 873-7425 to schedule a free consultation – we can start virtually or in person – your choice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET DR. BRIAN PATTERSON

Dr. Brian is a 2016 graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston where he was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. He then completed his Master’s degree and orthodontic certificate at Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education in 2018, where he was awarded the best clinician in his class. He is a member of the Maine Dental Association (MDA), American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), and a candidate for the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification. Dr. Brian said that he chose orthodontics because it is a unique blend of both art and science, which aligns with his personality. He also explained that his unwavering commitment and passion for orthodontics stems from his personal experience in orthodontic treatment and the impression that it had in his life – both esthetically and in his self-confidence. Dr. Brian has said that he “feels blessed to have a job to create smiles that not only look beautiful, but truly have the ability to change someone’s life.”
Read more about Dr Brian Patterson here.

Introducing Dr. Brian Patterson!

Dear Patients and Parents,

I am delighted to announce the addition of my partner, Dr. Brian Patterson, to the Smiles for Maine Orthodontics team. He will support our continued efforts to enhance our patients’ experience, while maintaining a tradition of superior orthodontic care in all the communities.

We hope that your experience at Smiles for Maine Orthodontics reflects our goal of delivering the highest standard of care in a friendly, but also technology-forward and efficient environment. Above all, we’re always focused on creating smiles that build self-esteem and confidence. To that end we’re grateful to have Dr. Brian joining our team as his personality and philosophy align perfectly with our own. Dr. Brian will continue our philosophy of providing patients with modern, state-of-the-art orthodontics including, but not limited to, Invisalign, 3D imaging and sleep issues.

Dr. Brian told me that he chose orthodontics because it is a unique blend of both art and science, which aligns with his personality.  He also explained that his unwavering commitment and passion for orthodontics stems from his personal experience in orthodontic treatment and the impression that it had in his life – both esthetically and in his self-confidence.  Dr. Brian has said that he “feels blessed to have a job to create smiles that not only look beautiful, but truly have the ability to change someone’s life.”

Outside of orthodontics, Dr. Brian enjoys spending time with his family.  He and his wife, Chelsea, have three children: Keegan (5), Everly (3), and Callum (1).  Dr. Brian is also an avid sports fanatic.  He enjoys winter skiing and snowmobiling, as well as spending time on the lake during the summer.  He just learned to wake surf this year!

With the addition of Dr. Brian we can do more together to serve you, our patients, who we know will enjoy getting to know him!  We look forward to introducing you soon!

Kind regards,

Dr. Charlie Ruff and the Smiles for Maine Orthodontics team