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

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

Important information regarding COVID-19

Traditional Orthodontics vs. ClearCorrect

woman inserting ClearCorrect aligner orthodontics

If you want to straighten your smile, a treatment like braces or clear aligner therapy is the way to go. What’s the difference between them? Are there cases when one is better than the other? Let’s discuss the pros and cons of traditional orthodontics vs. ClearCorrect:

Traditional Orthodontics

Metal braces have been the standard for treating teeth alignment issues for many years. In the past, they could be awkward and sometimes even painful. Thanks to new technology and techniques, there are now options that are more comfortable and work faster. Braces, which are bonded to your teeth, are made of metal brackets attached with wires. Through pressure, your teeth shift into a straight position. Because of their efficiency, traditional braces are still the preferred treatment for severe alignment issues.

ClearCorrect

ClearCorrect is a type of clear aligner therapy. The plastic trays gently move teeth into a straighter position, addressing issues like gaps and crowded teeth. As your teeth move, you wear different aligner sets through the process. There are several key differences between these aligners and traditional braces. The first is that clear aligners are removable. You take them out while you’re eating and brushing. This makes it easier to take care of your teeth because you aren’t navigating around wires. The other big difference is that ClearCorrect trays are nearly invisible. They’re made of clear plastic, so you don’t have to feel as self-conscious.

It is important to know that clear aligner therapy is best for mild to moderate alignment issues. Aligners should also be well-cared for, so they don’t become dirty or warped. Rinse them whenever you remove them and never use hot water. You also want to use antibacterial soap for a more thorough clean.

Regular Braces or ClearCorrect?

The dentists at Milltown Family Dentistry – Drs. Ben and Megumi Lambeth – will know whether regular braces or ClearCorrect is the best solution for you. Contact us to make an appointment at our Carrboro office!

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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