What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is all about utilizing dental technology and technique to help individuals achieve beautiful, straight smiles. Treatment options range from traditional braces to clear brackets to modern, discreet options such as Invisalign® and 3M™ Clarity™ Aligners.

What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist receives all of the training that a normal dentist does at dental school, plus two or three years of additional training as an orthodontic specialist. Orthodontists are certified to correct crooked teeth, jaw misalignments and other problems.

When should my child visit the orthodontist for the first time?
We recommend that children visit the orthodontist by the age of 7 for an initial orthodontic evaluation. Some individuals may need corrective service at a younger age in order to prevent the need for extensive service later in life.

How long does orthodontic treatment last?
Orthodontic services will vary in treatment duration depending on the specific needs of your smile. Typical treatment times range between 6 months and 30 months.

How do I care for my smile while wearing braces?
We recommend brushing your teeth three times a day and flossing with a threader. It is important to visit the dentist at least twice each year for your standard exams and cleanings. Thorough care will help you avoid dental decay and will keep your smile healthy!

How do I get started?
We invite you to call Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics at 281-342-6311 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee Mahlmann or Dr. Catharine Borders. We are happy to answer your questions about orthodontics in Richmond, Texas, and help you prepare for your appointment with our team!