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

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

Important information regarding COVID-19

Professional Teeth Whitening: What to Expect

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At Milltown Family Dentistry, we want to help you achieve your best and brightest smile. Just whitening your teeth can make a world of difference! We offer several different whitening options, so you can choose the right method for your budget. Here are a few things you should know about professional whitening.

Is Professional Whitening for You?

Whitening works best for those who have healthy teeth and gums, and no fillings. Schedule a consultation with us to make sure you’re a good candidate for whitening. We can then determine the appropriate course of treatment based on the type and severity of stains.

What Are Your Options?

We offer custom tray whitening as well as one-size tray whitening. With a custom tray, we’ll take an impression of your teeth and make a tray that perfectly fits to your mouth. A custom tray minimizes the whitening agent’s contact with gum tissue. It also allows for maximum contact between the teeth and the whitening agent that the tray holds. One-size whitening trays are more budget-friendly, though still very effective.

Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Whitening

While professional whitening is expensive, it is much more effective than over-the-counter products. If you’re looking for quick results, professional whitening is for you. Results are often seen after one treatment. With over-the-counter whitening, it may take many applications before visible whitening occurs. This is because over-the-counter products also often contain a much lower strength whitening agent than what you’ll find in professional whitening.

At-home products also do not have the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Only professional, in-office whitening meets the ADA’s standards for safety and effectiveness. With professional whitening, we can take preventive measures to protect your gums and oral cavities from the whitening agent. Additionally, we can see you for follow-up appointments to make sure the trays fit properly, your gums aren’t irritated, and the whitening process is working.

Make an Appointment

Whether professional or over-the-counter whitening seems more appealing to you, come in for an appointment at Milltown Family Dentistry and we can help you determine what process is best for you.

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MODIFIED REOPENING MAY 20!

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!

Best,
Dr. Ben and Megumi Lambeth