What makes us different?
Active Aligners is set up for dentists, by dentists and offers a more bespoke aligner experience. We pride ourselves on delivering a high level of support and personal customer service, encouraging dentists to engage directly with us when the need arises. Active Aligners accept all scans as well as PVS impressions. In addition, our laboratory fees are lower than many competitors so we deliver a cost-effective solution without compromising quality.
Why work with Active Aligners?
We have done the hard work of smoothing the clear aligner journey for you, your team and your patients. We consider everything from case selection and approval through to delivery.
When we identify areas for improvement that enhance the user experience, we incorporate them; our switch to soft templates is an example of our flexibility (see below for more details). Our clinical team can offer opinions on aspects of the patient journey to enable greater levels of dentist and patient satisfaction. We are expanding our business and brand with a clear focus on delivering high quality orthodontic outcomes for clinicians and great smiles for their patients.
“I just want my day to be easier. Modern dental practice is so full of pressure, every single day. It is great that I have finally found an aligner company that helps me achieve great results with the right support on-hand when I need it”
Dr J.Sacker – London
Tales from the bench 1:
Dr Dan Shaffer – Clinical Director
A Dentist, one of our UK providers, contacted me via whatsapp to ask for advice. The case he was treating seemed to have stalled three quarters of the way through treatment. It was not tracking as expected. After requesting an updated scan, I sent a short video overlaying the original and new scans. I was able to identify that inadequate IPR caused the lack of space required for further movements and offered a clear explanation of how further IPR could ‘unlock’ the case.
On measuring the space available, the Dentist agreed that his IPR had been cautiously conservative and carried out further IPR according to the prescription. The case proceeded to successful completion and avoided the need for refinement.
Tales from the bench 2:
Dr Wayne Hirschowitz (Clinical Advisor)
I was sent images of a patient’s malocclusion and asked “is this suitable for aligner treatment”? Many Dentists are worried about patient suitability for aligner treatments. This Dentist was a new provider and needed reassurance about what kind of cases are going to work.
After initial consideration and review I decided that this case would most probably lead to a suboptimal clinical outcome. I pointed the Dentist to the virtual treatment simulation and encouraged them to share it with their patient so that they could review it together. This then opened up the discussion and shared decision making process so the patient would be more informed about the clinical outcome that would closer match their expectations.
Active Aligners help Dentists to identify case suitability based on their experience and complexity. Our protocols have pre-set parameters that only allow appropriate cases to be selected. Each is unique and reviewed by one of our expert treatment planners. They examine each case on its clinical merits and determine if it is mild, moderate or advanced. However, if it is too complex to succeed, we will let you know that referral to an orthodontic expert would be advisable.
Tales from the bench 3:
The two most common queries we have are regarding the use of rigid templates for composite attachments and the initial insertion of aligners being difficult for patients.
When experienced practitioners encounter a problem with a composite attachment template, they might section it or be confident to use greater force for insertion. In response to feedback and after consultation with our resident orthodontic expert Dr Sunil Hirani, we started to provide an easier alternative. Now, all of our composite attachment placement templates are made of a more flexible, softer material that enables easier insertion and clinical application when used in conjunction with flowable composite.
Patients can also find it difficult to insert their aligners, especially at the beginning of their Active Aligners journey. The inclusion of chewies in the patient pack makes it easier for the patients to self manage this common and easily resolvable issue.
“With my first case, the initial aligner refused to fit correctly. I spoke to Wayne who explained the correct path of insertion, guided me to encourage the patient to use adequate pressure and utilise the chewies to seat the aligner fully. I can now approach my next case with confidence.”
Dr Shandon Weinstein, London