Great Lakes Orthodontics

Innovations and Exclusives: Products and Appliances

Great Lakes takes considerable pride in helping customers achieve their professional goals. Whether it's our unique and exclusive products; precision appliances and innovative laboratory services, or cutting-edge training programs - Great Lakes is always looking for efficient and economical solutions to meet customers’ needs in our role as a reliable and effective business partner.

This section features just a few of those unique products and appliances.


Biostar® Scan With LCD Display: Positive Pressure Thermal-Forming Machine

Reaches working temperature in 1 second! Achieve flawless adaptation using the Biostar® With Scan Technology by combining positive pressure (90 psi), and the process of forming the heated side of the material over the model.  Fabricate hard and soft dental appliances in half the time of conventional methods. 

  • 3.2" Color LCD display
  • Designed with convenient bar code scanner that automatically enters the correct processing information for your material
  • Extra deep model cup for embedding mounted models


MiniSTAR S® With Scan Technology

The Economic Biostar® Alternative! Though smaller than the Biostar, the MiniSTAR S® with Scan Technology fabricates the same appliances with the same professional results. The MiniSTAR S uses 60 psi for positive pressure forming.

  • Designed with convenient bar code scanner that automatically enters the correct processing information for your material 
  • Reaches working temperature in 1 second
  • Programmable display
  • Ergonomic design

SAM® 3

All SAM® articulators are split-cast accurate one to another. A case mounted on one SAM can easily be transferred to another SAM with complete accuracy. This adjustable articulator is manufactured with the highest level of precision technology available for dental articulator instrumentation.

Maestro 3D Desktop Scanning System

A digital model generating system that creates fully rendered 3D models from intraoral scans, bites, impressions, or existing models. 3D models are delivered with unprecedented accuracy, clarity, and resolution. Designed with intuitive viewing software and analytical tools that allows you to manage and edit your digital STL files, perform complex measurements, create virtual bases and occlusal maps, and analyze patient cases swiftly and efficiently. Preserves office space by archiving patient models digitally.



DentaSOAK® disinfectant and cleanser kills more than 99% of bacteria – in just 15 minutes! In fact, it’s clinically proven to destroy stubborn candida albicans and other oral microbes. Retainers, dentures, and mouthguards are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. And, if not destroyed, this bacteria can lead to painful, recurring oral infection.

Variflex™ Heat Softening Acrylic

Resilient and self-adjusting for optimal comfort, Variflex™ softens under warm tap water to provide excellent "snap-fit" retention. Offers superior clarity. Quick and easy to process, Variflex comes in liquid/powder form
and can be press-packed or poured.

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Digital Splints

Up to 40% of dental patients today have occlusal pathology. 80% of these patients have muscle imbalances and can benefit from an occlusal splint.* 

You can treat this population efficiently and effectively with digital splints from Great Lakes.

Save chairtime, treat TMD patients with predictability, and add value to
your practice!

(*Gordon J. Christensen, Occlusal Splints-Predictable, Frequent Use Practical Clinical Course DVD)

Rhea® Precision Custom-fit Occlusal Appliance

With a combination of unique heat-softening and splint materials, and an innovative manufacturing process, the Rhea Occlusal Appliance is the solution to poor-fitting, uncomfortable splints. Rhea appliances are custom-formed to original models, and as a result, chairside seating is only necessary to fine-tune fit, and adjust for minor variations.

Rhea is significantly different than existing appliances that use heat-softening materials like Talon®, CLEARsplint, or Variflex. Rather than simply softening to temporarily engage undercuts, the Rhea will actually re-form to subtle differences in the patient’s dentition, and compensate for slight inaccuracies in impressions and the deformities caused by plaster expansion.
  • Most accurate fit 
  • Exceptional retention
  • Improved patient comfort
The Rhea appliance is available as a...
Flat Occlusal
Full Contact with
Anterior Guidance

"In clinical trials,
100% of patients
chose the Rhea"

Smart Moves® Invisible Hard/Soft Anterior Aligner System

Smart Moves® is a progressive series of aligners that are less expensive,
offer more control, and are customized to your patient’s needs. Smart Moves is a less expensive solution for effective anterior tooth movement. Pay for only the setups and appliances needed – there’s not a set price for an entire ‘system’ of aligners that may never be used.

Smart Moves technology allows greater movement per setup than other aligner systems. So if greater movement per setup means fewer setups,
then fewer setups mean a less expensive aligner system!



the smarter way to a
beautiful smile

Great Lakes Oral Screens

Oral screens help your littlest patients break damaging habits:
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Pacifier Use
  • Habitual mouth breathing 
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Lip Sucking 
Early intervention, before the deciduous teeth begin to transition to the mixed dentition, can help to eliminate the habitual tendencies before the damage causes serious deformation of the jaw and permanent dentition.

If harmful habits persist into the mixed dentition and are then transferred to the permanent dentition, orthodontic therapy will be more comprehensive and complicated as well as significantly more costly. Providing this service is a great  benefit to your patients and their parents who will potentially save thousands of  dollars in reduced orthodontic treatment.

Great Lakes Oral Screens available as...
Bite Cap Wire Guard


Great Lakes Oral Screens
are available in 2 sizes
for both deciduous and
mixed dentitions

Americo Dry Mouth Nightguard System

The Americo System consists of custom-made appliances and a specially-formulated gel that maintains moisture around the teeth.

System includes:
  • Custom-made upper and lower appliance trays fabricated to fit comfortably and maintain the protectant gel
  • Dry Mouth Nightguard Gel* contains Xylitol, an anti-cariogenic agent. 
  • Appliance case and brush

    *Does not contain color additives and will not stain teeth

May help to prevent the damaging dental effects of dry mouth

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner™ appliances are ideal for quick correction of anterior rotations, crowding, and adult relapse without the need for multiple appliances.

The Inman Aligner appliances use NiTi coil springs to apply steady, gentle forces to teeth – without the need for costly multiple appliances to complete correction. The Inman appliances achieve controlled, continuous movement
of the anterior teeth (2x2). These pre-programmed appliances make adjustments virtually unnecessary. Precision alignment is accomplished
with just one appliance.

Fixed Spring Aligner

Klearway™ Appliance

Offering ultimate control, this appliance adjusts forward/backward in increments of 0.25  mm for gradual jaw positioning. Fabricated of comfortable, thermoactive acrylic, Klearway™ is suitable for most patients including those who brux, have missing or complicated dentitions, extensive bridgework and/or short clinical crowns.

MPowRx™ Snoring and Sleep Apnea Appliance

This unique non-custom device treats chronic snoring and sleep apnea by repositioning the tongue forward instead of relying on the mandible. Clinically proven, MPowRx™ is convenient, effective, and comfortable. Ideal for multiple patient types, this appliance is easy to insert, maintains its shape, and one size fits most. No impression needed.