Frequently Asked Questions: Digital
What file types do you accept?
We accept all standard scan files including, .STL, .OBJ, .STP, .3DS and many more.
How do you store patient data for archiving?
We store all patient data on an offline solid state drive, disconnected from any internet connection to ensure the safety of your data.
How do I connect to you via my Intraoral Scanner Interface?
If youhave an intraoral scanner, and would like to connect to us, please visit our connect page, here for instructions on how to connect your practice/clinic to our laboratory.
Do I need an intra oral scanner for clear aligners?
No. We can make clear aligners from alginate or PVS impressions. An intra oral scanner is not required.
Do I need to place composite attachments?
As an orthodontist, it is your decision to place attachments where you believe best.
What is WeAlign?
Wealign treatment is a discreet, near invisible method of straightening teeth. Using 3D Computer Generated Imaging, Wealign shows you your complete treatment plan based on your or your Orthodontist's prescription, from the initial position of your teeth towards the final position. A series of clear aligners are then created to move your teeth one by one.
How does WeAlign work?
Wealign aligners move theeth through a series of controlled movements. Unlike traditional braces, Wealign treatment not only controls the amount of movement that each aligners delivers, but also the timing of the movement. So, at each stage, only certain teeth can move, following the Wealign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in effecient force delivery.
How do I get started with WeAlign?
How long does treatment take?
Time taken depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. During your consultation, your Provider can give you more detailed information.
What are the benefits of WeAlign?
WeAlign aligners are nearly invisble and typically hardly anyone notices that you're wearing them.
How do I get started with WeAlign?
Make an appointment with your Orthodontist or Surgeon. During this appointment, te surgeon with take an impression or scan of your teeth.
Where is WeAlign treatment available?
As of now, WeAlign treatment is available in the UK only.
Is WeAlign treatment painful?
Some patients may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days when they insert a new aligner at the beginiing of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It's a sign that the aligners are working and it usually goes away after 24-48 hours.
Once WeAlign treatment is complete is a retainer necessary?
Wearing a retainer after any orthodontic treatment is an important step, because it keeps teeth stable in their new positions. With all WeAlign cases, we provide a final retainer.
Does the procedure work on overbites?
A WeAlign provider can use WeAlign to treat overbites in the vast majority of adults and adolescents. Consult a WeAlign provider to find out whether WeAlign is suitable for you.
What are Aligners made of and what do they look like?
The virtually invisable aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the WeALign system. The aligners are custom-made for you and fit comfortably over your teeth.
Best way to clean my aligners?
The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in cold water and using the WeAlign cleaning tablets suplied with your aligners.
How often should i wear the aligners?
You should wear the aligners all the time during treatment, except when eating, burhsing or flossing teeth. Recommmended wear 22 hours a day.
Will the aligners affect speech?
The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in the mouth.
Can I smoke while wearing the aligners?
Smoking is discouraged while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become stained and discoloured.
Can I chew gum while wearing the aligners?
Chewing gum while wearting aligners is not advised as gum can stick to them. It is recommended that aligners be removed for all meals and snacks.
Can WeAlign close gaps?
Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with WeAlign. Consult an Orthodontist to find out whether WeAlign is suitable for you.
Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can WeAlign correct this?
A number of WeAlign patients have undergone a treatment involving braces at some point in their past, often during their youth. WeAlign can usually correct the shifting that occurs after braces often reffered to as a relapse.
How often do I need to see my Orthodontist once i have started my treatment?
Patients typically visit their Orthodontics/Surgeon every 6 - 8 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned, and to receive their next few sets of WeAlign aligners, but your dentist will decide based on your treatment.