What Are Some Tips to Maintain a Bright Smile with Clear Aligners?

Curious about orthodontic treatment with clear aligners? Or maybe you want to try something besides braces? Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics transforms smiles and lives with cutting-edge solutions like clear aligners. Our Richmond practice, led by Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders, is dedicated to helping you unveil your new smile. Our clear aligner options, including 3M Clarity and Invisalign®, promise an easy path to your dream smile. 

Clearing Things Up With Clear Aligners

Clear aligners from Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics help you straighten your teeth without anyone knowing about your treatment. We’re proud to provide advanced transparent aligner systems, like 3M Clarity and Invisalign®, to meet your unique needs in Richmond. These state-of-the-art treatments align (see what we did there?) with our commitment to delivering personalized care. 

3M Clarity Aligners

3M Clarity Aligners stand out for their precision and adaptability. We craft each set of aligners to be customized replicas of your bite. When you slide them on, the aligners gently escort your teeth to their proper positions over time. Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders leverage the latest 3D imaging technology to design a treatment plan that reflects your orthodontic goals. With 3M Clarity, you can enjoy the journey to a straighter smile without the visual burden of traditional braces. That’s just one of the many benefits of getting clear aligners with us. 


Invisalign is an innovative treatment option. It’s ideal for patients of all ages looking to correct their dental alignment without compromising their daily lifestyle. Our team customizes each Invisalign® plan to fit the individual contours of your smile. The result? A comfortable fit and amazing result! Like 3M Clarity, you can remove Invisalign as you need to. It allows easy maintenance and the freedom to eat, brush, and floss without restrictions. 

What Are Some Tips To Maintain A Bright Smile With Clear Aligners?

The Benefits of Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, such as those offered by our Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics team, provide a modern solution to traditional orthodontic treatments. One leg up they have over metal braces is their ability to blend in with your smile—and your life! Here’s why they stand out:

Virtually Invisible

One of the most appealing aspects of clear aligners is their near-invisibility. Are you a professional? A student? Or maybe you just value how you look. Clear aligners like Invisalign® and 3M Clarity allow you to undergo orthodontic treatment discreetly. You can smile confidently, knowing your path to straighter teeth is your secret.

Enhanced Comfort

Crafted from smooth, flexible materials, clear aligners offer a comfort level that metal braces can’t match. They gently guide your teeth into place without sharp edges or tightening wires, minimizing discomfort and irritation to your gums and the inside of your mouth.

Convenience and Hygiene

The removable nature of clear aligners offers unparalleled convenience, especially regarding eating and oral hygiene. You can still eat all of your favorite foods without worry. You canalso maintain your brushing and flossing routine without getting around brackets and wires. This makes life with orthodontics easier and helps keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment.

Tailored to You

It’s not enough for an orthodontic “expert” to know how their appliances work. We have to take the time to get to know the person, too! And that person is you! Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders specialize in creating personalized treatment plans using advanced imaging technology. Each set of your aligners will be perfectly contoured to your teeth. 

Tips for Brushing Up a Brighter Smile with Clear Aligners

Achieving a radiant smile with clear aligners is an exciting journey. To ensure your smile radiates from start to finish, follow these essential care tips

Aligner Maintenance

Daily cleaning of your aligners is crucial. Rinse them under lukewarm water every morning and night. Gently brush them with a soft toothbrush and mild soap. Avoid using hot water, which can warp the plastic. Use a denture cleaner or aligner cleaning solution to soak your aligners regularly. This helps remove any buildup and keeps them clear and odor-free.

Oral Hygiene

Maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss twice daily to prevent plaque buildup and cavities. Always clean your teeth before reinserting your aligners to avoid trapping harmful particles. Keep up with your dental checkups and cleanings. Professional cleanings help remove tartar and plaque that brushing by itself can’t, ensuring your smile stays healthy.

Lifestyle Adjustments

Remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. Foods and drinks can stain your aligners and teeth. Wear your aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours daily for optimal results. Consistent wear keeps your treatment on track, leading to a quicker and more effective transformation.

Following these tips from Dr. Lee Mahlmann and Dr. Catharine Borders, you’ll achieve the straight smile you’ve always desired and maintain its brightness and health throughout your precise aligner treatment.

What Are Some Tips To Maintain A Bright Smile With Clear Aligners?

Clear Aligners at Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics

Starting clear aligner treatment at Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics is a great step towards smiling with confidence. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders, our practice in Richmond remains dedicated to providing personalized, state-of-the-art orthodontic care. Our commitment to excellence ensures that every patient receives a treatment plan tailored to their unique needs, whether through Invisalign® or 3M Clarity Aligners. Go here to schedule your free consultation.