Richmond Clear Aligners

3M™ Clarity™ & Invisalign®

Teens, adults, and children can get a straight smile without anyone noticing the treatment. Find clear aligners from 3M Clarity, Invisalign at Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics.

Clear Aligners at Mahlmann & Borders

At Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics, we offer two clear aligner options so you can choose the treatment plan that works for you.

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Invisalign®

If you want a straighter, more attractive smile but do not want to deal with the hassle of traditional braces, Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders offer Invisalign.

This treatment plan can help you achieve the gorgeous smile you have always wanted without the metal wires and brackets of conventional braces.

At Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics, we customize your Invisalign aligners to fit your unique smile and orthodontic needs. When you use Invisalign, you’ll leave our office with confidence!

Clear Braces

3M Clarity Aligners

Our 3M Clarity system represents the next generation of aligners. Using a series of clear aligner trays designed to fit your unique smile, the 3M Clarity system offers the convenience of the removable aligners that allow you to maintain the look and lifestyle that you want.

Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders design each set of aligners to fit your smile. You can easily remove your trays for meals or when it is time to brush and floss.

The aligners themselves are comfortable to wear and easy to maintain, and our orthodontists will be happy to tell you more during your visit to our office.

Our Clear Aligner Process

1. Come in for Your Smile Consultation

  • At your first free consultation, Dr. Mahlmann or Dr. Borders will sit down with you and assess the current state of your teeth and listen to the results you want.
  • We'll also discuss your financial needs to ensure your treatment fits your budget.
  • If the doctors determine that clear, removable aligners are the best solution to help you reach the smile you want, we'll sit down with you to discuss the financial options and treatment plans that best fit your situation.

3. Wear Your Almost-Invisible Braces

  • After receiving your clear aligners, you should wear them as much as possible, but you can easily remove them for eating, flossing, and brushing.
  • You'll come into Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics for checkups about every four to six weeks to get your new sets of aligners so the doctors can check the progress of your teeth. These checkups are generally quick and painless because you won't have any wires to check or tighten.

2. Make a Plan

  • Our Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics team will take digital images and X-rays of your teeth and use these to create your treatment plan.
  • Using a computerized program, we'll design a personalized series of clear, comfortable, removable aligners that will shift your teeth in stages toward a beautifully straight smile.
  • Dr. Mahlmann & Dr. Borders precisely designs each set of clear aligner trays to adjust your teeth to a predetermined location. You can even see a digital projection of your final results before you start treatment.

A Modern Approach

Invisalign and 3M Clarity take a modern approach to straightening teeth. It uses a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligners are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.

Wearing the aligners will gently move your teeth into place little by little, based on the exact movements Dr. Mahlmann or Dr. Borders plan for you.

There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You pop in a new set of aligners about every two weeks until your treatment is complete.

At Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics, you can reach a great smile without a treatment that gets in the way of your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know that you're straightening your teeth.

This nearly-invisible option to straighten teeth is truly changing how people see orthodontic treatment in Richmond.

Clear aligners have vastly improved over the years and can handle various simple and complex cases. From crowding to spacing, underbite to overbite, Dr. Mahlmann & Dr. Borders can use Invisalign, or 3M Clarity can help you reach your ideal smile.

Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders have a lot of experience treating people with clear aligners, and we're excited to offer this technology to our Richmond braces patients.

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Differences Between Braces & Clear Aligners

There's a lot to consider when it comes to clear aligner treatment. Most clear aligners patients at Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics enjoy shorter checkups, fewer appointments, more straightforward oral hygiene, and fewer emergency visits.

However, the system's biggest pro can also be a con—the fact that the aligners are removable. Your cooperation is essential, whether you have braces or clear aligners.

Since braces are attached to your teeth, they do the heavy lifting to keep your treatment progressing. With clear aligners, you need to do extra work during your treatment so your trays can complete your treatment.

You'll need to manage your wear time, keep your aligners clean, and swap them out for the next aligner in the series. You need to be sure that you can do this before committing to clear aligner treatment.

Like traditional metal braces, Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders recommend wearing a retainer after your Invisalign or 3M Clarity treatment to maintain your new alignment and confident new smile.

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Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are an excellent option for those who want subtle, effective treatment, and Dr. Mahlmann or Dr. Borders can advise you about the treatment options that best fit your teeth, bite, and lifestyle.

Schedule your free consultation at our Richmond office to learn if clear aligners are right for you.