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Orthodontics & Vacuum Forming

Our laboratory team includes an experienced orthodontic technician with many years experience in manufacturing orthodontic appliances. His area of expertise includes a wide range of vacuum-formed products from whitening trays through to clear orthodontic aligners.

clear orthodontic aligner

Clear Aligner TM

Clear Aligner is an effective treatment for straightening teeth, offering outstanding results with zero discomfort. Clear Aligner is a clear, custom-made, removable cosmetic appliance designed for minor teeth movement of patients aged 14 or above. Clear Aligner technology can straighten teeth that are crowded, rotated or tilted forwards or backwards using exact impressions taken by the dentist. Clear Aligners are fabricated from the impressions at every six-week treatment interval.

Clear Aligners are:
•Discreet, comfortable and virtually invisible
•Suitable for mild to moderate cases
•Available in a choice of materials to suit your patient
•Flexible - your patients do not have to order the full set at the beginning of treatment
•Reviewed on a regular basis and adjusted as necessary to ensure the treatment stays on course

For more information on Clear Aligners, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Functional retainer appliance

Functional Appliances

Functional appliances use the principle of growth guidance by using the natural growth potential of the patient to effect change. The appliances are most often used before fixed appliances to reduce the discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws, and therefore the teeth. We can make a number of fixed and removable functional appliances, each with its own unique set of benefits. We can modify the appliances to suit your individual preferences.

Orthodontic dental retainers


We know that many dentists have their own preferences for retention which have been developed through years of experience. From traditional Hawleys and Twist-Flex retainers to clear, pressure-formed appliances our team can expertly create your preferred retention appliances with any number of modifications to meet your patients’ needs.

Active dental appliance

Active appliances

Active appliances are basically any appliance which can be used to effect tooth movement. Our active appliances are all custom-made for your patients, and the design variations are endless. Our range of removable appliances can be used for early interceptive treatment, for simple cases, or as a pre-cursor to other functional or fixed appliances. We offer a variety of colours, patterns and effects to help incentivise the patient.

We are excited about the new possibilities offered by pressure-formed appliances. Traditionally used solely for retention, new materials and bonding methods now allow pressure-formed appliances to actively move teeth. Our pressure-forming department is at the forefront of the new technology, creating active appliances which are discreet, comfortable and virtually invisible.

Dental pressure formed gum shields

Pressure Formed Appliances

We have invested in the most up-to-date pressure forming machines and have quickly become experts in their use. We recognised the opportunity to apply this expertise in different and new ways, and have started to make all kinds of wireless appliances. Here are just a few examples:

  • Protective Mouthguards

    Perfect for high impact and contact sports, these strong, effective mouthguards absorb shock, keeping the delicate anterior region protected. They’re available in a wide variety of colours and patterns, and can even incorporate names, logos, team/school colours, flags and images (subject to copyright).

    Ideal for amateur or professional sports people and budding Olympians alike, the mouthguards are available in Classic, Xtreme and Xtreme Pro.

  • Bleaching Trays

    Our custom-made bleaching trays are available with or without reservoirs according to your preference. They can also be manufactured in a variety of materials from rigid to soft.

  • Indirect bonding trays

    Our indirect bonding system allows you to position brackets quickly and accurately. The tray material is firm enough to hold its shape, and yet flexible enough to peel off easily once bonded. The single layer transfer tray can be sectioned as you require, making bonding quicker and easier.

    We can supply you with your choice of brackets in ceramic, metal or composite, or alternatively you can provide your own. The bracket bases are left clean, ready for your preferred bracket adhesive.

For more information about our products and services please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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  • Sheila Rush Moopen dental care northampton

    “It is not very often that you meet a great bunch of people who go out of their way to help you. This lab is producing some excellent work and will always go the extra mile to get work done in the shortest period of time when required. I would certainly recommend Athena Dental Laboratory.”

    Sheila Rush - Practice Manager Moopen Dental Care, Northampton
  • Dr Haider Hussain Moopen Dental Care

    “Athena Dental Laboratory has been our main laboratory supplier for the past two years. Our work ranges from simple prosthetics to complex full rehabilitations on multiple implantology, all efficiently and competently produced by Athena Dental Lab to very high standards. I have no hesitation in recommending this laboratory to my colleagues in General and Specialist practices and we intend to continue using Athena Dental Lab for a long time to come.”

    Dr Haider Hussian - Dentist Moopen Dental Care, Northampton