Dr. Ben Lambeth, DDS & Dr. Megumi Lambeth, DDS

310 East Main St., Suite 335 | Carrboro, NC 27510

Important information regarding COVID-19

Caring for Your Clear Aligners

Brunette woman smiles as she takes out her clear aligners to clean them

If you’re in the middle of clear aligner orthodontic treatment, then we bet you’re pretty excited for the day you can take off the trays for good and just enjoy your beautifully straight smile. We’re excited for that day for you too! But until that time comes, it’s important that you take good care of your aligners so your treatment can finish up without a hitch.

Tips to Care for Your Aligners

Regularly Brush & Floss

Any time you’re about to put your aligners in, you need to brush and floss your teeth first. Your aligners are designed to fit snugly over all of your teeth, and if you forget to brush, you could be trapping a whole bunch of food and debris in there. That won’t look so great, and it could increase your chance of developing cavities.

Rinse After Removal

Whenever you take out your aligners, remember to rinse them with water. You may not have food stuck in them because you’re not eating with them on, but your saliva actually has bacteria that could leave not-so-pleasant odors and stains.

Keep It Cool

When you rinse or brush your aligners, you should use cool or lukewarm water. Since the trays are made out of plastic, they could warp and become damaged from hot water. Don’t even think about throwing them in the dishwasher to give them a good clean! When you’re storing your aligners, it’s also a good idea to keep them somewhere that’s cool and dry… and never in a paper towel, napkin, or tissue that could be easily thrown away.

Safer with Soap

While it is possible to clean your aligners with a small bit of non-abrasive toothpaste, it’s better if you use antibacterial soap so you don’t accidentally scratch or cloud up the aligners. The benefit of clear aligners is the fact that they’re clear after all, and you want to keep it that way!

Consult with Us for More Tips!

If you need more help taking care of your clear aligners, don’t hesitate to give our Milltown Family Dentistry team a call. Or, if you know someone that is interested in getting clear orthodontics, invite them to schedule an appointment with us. We provide ClearCorrect orthodontic treatment at our Carrboro dental office.

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To Our Valued Patients:
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it's both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to ensure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency's recommendations.

We are excited to fully OPEN for patient care again on May 20th. There will be several modifications to our protocol as we transition. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. For example:

  1. You will be screened beforehand (via telephone) and again when you arrive for your appointment. If you have missed an appointment during the recent closure, we will be reaching out to you to reschedule. Please be patient as it may take time to address the current backlog.
  2. We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  3. Our waiting area has been modified to eliminate unnecessary items at risk for cross-contamination, such as magazines and our beverage station. An air purifier has also been installed, as well as in every operatory.
  4. Since appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients, you may be offered fewer options for appointments.
  5. We plan to allow more time between appointments to reduce traffic. Please check-in from your car via phone and wait in your car until you are called, at which point you will be taken directly to your treatment room. We also ask that adults consider coming to appointments alone. For children, we ask that only one adult come with them to their appointment.
  6. We have worked diligently to abide by all current and updated PPE (personal protective equipment) standards per the recommendations of the ADA, CDC, and OSHA. You may recognize these changes during interactions with staff.
  7. In keeping with these recommendations, all patients and family members are asked to wear a mask/face covering to all office visits. Unfortunately, we do not have the extra PPE to supply our patients, so please bring your own.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call 919-590-5450 or visit our contact page. Thank you for your cooperation!

Dr. Ben and Megumi Lambeth