FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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We get this question often (of course) but we find it to be dishonest from a tool manufacturer that the burs last X amount of hours, meters, units, or however you measure your burs' lifetimes. There are simply too many factors that affect the life of a bur, including machine, milling strategy, material milled, etc.
What we can say is that our production takes every step to make tools that last as long as possible; and for a very aggressive price at our quality level.
If you want an estimate of how long they last you can call us, explain your setup, and we'll give you some examples from customers with similar setups.
Actually yes! We have launched a loyalty program called the Alien Loyalty Federation (A.L.F.) which allows you to earn coupons for purchasing and reduced prices after a certain amount of points have been racked up.
The best thing about this program is that there are many ways to earn points; not just by buying tools. It's designed to reward our closest partners who help us spread the word of #MillMoreUnits. In addition to coupons and better pricing there's other cool stuff you can win as well.
To learn more click here.
We strongly believe that you should not blindly believe in a sales pitch, but try it out for yourself before deciding. This is why, for every material and machine, we have a sample box for 30% discount. Each box includes 3 burs in different cutting diameters, and each customer can purchase one box per machine type for each material.
To see the different sample boxes in the shop, simply select the category filter Z.T. (zirconia tools) Sample Boxes, P.T. (PEEK/PMMA tools) Sample Boxes, or C.T. (CoCr tools) Sample Boxes.
Our team consists not only of a production team that has been making tools for over 50 years, but also users in the dental field with years of experience who use the tools daily.
In case of problems or technical questions, etc., we have integrated a ticket system for technical support directly on our contact page. Here you can provide information about your setup, describe your question or problem, and even upload photos. A ticket will then be automatically opened for you and assigned to one of our experienced technicians.
Pretty cool (we think). To open a support ticket click here.
We are able to export all over the world. We do have exclusive distribution partners in some countries, so if you are viewing tools in the online shop and do not see prices or the ability to purchase, then this means you will have to purchase from the distributor.
If this is the case please contact us and we will let you know who the contact person is.
Currently we have the option for standard wire transfer and then up to 4 options with PayPal Plus: Paypal, Credit Card, Debit (only in Germany), and Purchase on Account (only in Germany)
To select one of the PayPal Plus options simply click on the PayPal Plus radial button, then click on your choice between the PayPal Plus payment options, and then click on proceed. Note: you do not need a PayPal account for the Credit Card, Debit, or Purchase on Account options.
After you click Proceed and then confirm your order on the next page, you will be re-directed to PayPal to process the payment. Again, PayPal is only the payment processor and you do not need a PayPal account for Credit Card, Debit, or Purchase on Account payments.
To find out exactly how much shipping would cost you can simply put an item in your cart, go to the checkout screen, and input your country, postal code, and city and your shipping options and their respective costs will automatically be displayed.
Note: you do not need to complete checkout in order for this to work.
We offer several shipping options that have different estimated delivery lengths.
FedEx alone offers several options and shows the estimated delivery date in the checkout screen next to the prices. For the (depending on location) cheaper Deutsche Post options it varies depending on Country.
For a full list of conditions and estimated delivery dates please click here and click on 'Shipping Information'.
We've Improved our filtering system so that the machine can be chosen directly on the shop homepage. Simply click the button of the machine manufacturer, then select your model and you will be automatically taken to the filtered results of all tools we currently have available for that machine.
If you are looking for further filters you will see on the left that you can further reduce your options by choosing 'Product Category', 'Coating Type', 'Shank Diameter', 'Cutting Diameter', or 'Ring Type'.
Finally, if you already know the article number of the tool that you are looking for, then you can enter it into the search bar located above the filters:
If you don't see your machine please give us a call and we'll figure out if one of our current tools will work for you, or if it is a machine that we will soon be having tools for.
We are constantly expanding our portfolio to include new machines, new geometries and new materials. If you have a request let us know, or contact us to find out if it is something that we are currently working on already.
Once you have found the tools you need, you can put them on your 'Wishlist' for faster ordering on your next purchase.
To do this, simply click on the heart icon located at the top-right of the product picture, and it will be saved to your 'Wishlist' which you can then access under the 'My Account' section:
Next time, when you order, you can simply log into the shop, go to your 'Wishlist', add the items to your cart directly from the 'Wishlist', and go to the cart to adjust any quantities:
You will receive an email confirmation that we received your order, and if you have already paid then it will be automatically in the Processing Status. If you have chosen 'Pay by Wire' then the order will not be marked Processing until the funds have arrived in our account.
Once the order is complete, then you will receive another email stating that the order is ready for shipping. Attached to this message will also be a PDF copy of the invoice that will include the tracking number for the package.
You can check the status of an order any time by logging into 'My Account' and then going to 'My Orders'.
You can see all orders under the 'My Account section of the shop.
Simply log into the shop, go to 'My Account' and all your previous orders will be shown along with a button to view and download any previous invoices.
You can change your account information any time as well in the 'My Account' Section.
If you log into the shop, click on 'My Account', then on either 'Edit Address' or 'Edit Account' where you can change names, email addresses, and passwords.
A.L.F. PROGRAM FAQ'S
A brief introduction to the A.L.F. Loyalty program can be found here.
Here you will also see a sign-up form in the case that you want to participate. After submitting the form you will receive an email asking you to confirm your email and enrollment, and only after confirmation will your account be eligible to start earning A.L.F. points
Once you are enrolled in the A.L.F. Program you will see additional tabs in the 'My Account' section of the website:
- My A.L.F. Program
Here you can see an overview of which coupons you currently have, how many points you have, recent history, and how to earn points or achieve different levels. (note: the A.L.F. is split into two different systems: ALF Combined current points where the points are used to purchase coupons automatically, and ALF Combined Lifetime Points where the points are not used but rather added up to unlock levels based on total points earned.
- My A.L.F. Badges
Here you can see which badges you have unlocked (a reward for reaching a new level)
The biggest point-earner in the A.L.F. Program is the 'Refer a Friend' function.
When you are enrolled in the program, you will see an additional tab called 'Refer a Friend.' In the tab you will see an explanation of how it works, and all you have to do is put in the address of a new customer you think would benefit from using AlienTools.
When you hit submit we will send them a one-time email explaining that you want them to try our tools out, and it will include a unique coupon code for 5% off their first test order. Due to GDPR regulations we do not save any email addresses sent with this form, so the fact that they use this code is critical as it is how we know that the referral came from you and that you are to get the points when they purchase.
The email looks like this:
When you have earned enough points to unlock coupons they will be automatically added to your account. There is no need to memorize or copy the coupon codes as they will be loaded automatically into your cart page.
To use any coupons simply click on the 'Use Coupon' button and you will see it is deducted from the cart totals. Note: due to technical reasons coupons used cannot go towards shipping, and if a coupon is partially used the remaining balance is not saved. Because of this please only use coupons for the 'Total Amount' minus shipping and any taxes for shipping, rounded to the lowest 10 EUR.
When you reach a new level you only need to congratulate yourself for being awesome. You don't need to do anything, and automatically the next time you log into the shop you will see better prices.
Fear not, you will continue to earn points for purchases that are used for unlocking coupons just as before.