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

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

Important information regarding COVID-19

Porcelain Veneers in Carrboro

No one should hate the smile they see in the mirror. If all you ever notice are the imperfections – a chip here or a gap there – consider using veneers to change your smile into one you love. The Milltown Family Dentistry team can use dental veneers to cover the imperfections you always hone in on. The change can be subtle or dramatic; it’s up to you and your vision for your smile.

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Dental Veneers 101

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Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are hand-crafted specifically for you. Once bonded to the front side of your teeth, veneers can change the teeth’s size, shape, color, or overall look.

To begin the veneers process, we work with you to design your dream smile. Let us know what you want to change, and we’ll use computer software to show you what the change would look like. At your first appointment, we also remove a thin layer of porcelain from the teeth getting veneers. This allows the bond between the veneers and your teeth to be as strong as possible. It also ensures a slim fit that feels natural – we don’t want your veneers to feel big and bulky. We take impressions after removing the enamel, and we send the impressions and your new smile design to the lab. Once they create your veneers and send them back to us, we bring you in for a final fitting and bonding.


How We Use Veneers

We use porcelain veneers to cover a variety of aesthetic issues with teeth. Some of the most popular uses for veneers include:

  • Covering chips and cracks
  • Closing small gaps
  • Lengthening teeth
  • Reshaping teeth after a break
  • Whitening teeth too discolored for other whitening methods

When you come in for your consultation, we’ll discuss the imperfections you want to correct. We can help you determine if veneers are the right cosmetic dental treatment for you. If they are, we will also work with you to design your new look.

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Veneers FAQ

How long do veneers last?

Veneers are a permanent cosmetic procedure and if you take good care of them, they can last anywhere for 15 to 20 years. Due to natural wear and tear, you may have to replace your veneers around this time. However, we make the process as simple as possible. During your biannual check-ups, we’ll always assess your veneers to make sure you don’t need any replacements.

How long does it take to get veneers?

The entire process usually takes place around three appointments. Your first appointment is a simple smile consultation to see if they’re right for you. At your second, we’ll prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel and then take impressions to send to our off-site lab. Once the lab creates your custom, beautiful porcelain veneers, we’ll call you in for your final visit where we’ll bond them to your prepared teeth!

Are veneers stain resistant?

Yes! That’s actually one of their main benefits. The strong porcelain is stain resistant, so you can enjoy your favorite foods and drinks, like coffee and berries, without having to worry about ruining your pearlescent grin. While they are stain resistant, it’s important to note that you should still brush them twice a day and floss them regularly just like your other teeth. The teeth underneath your veneers can still get cavities and infections.

How much do veneers cost?

We understand that each of our patients has a unique budget that they have to keep in mind. How much your veneers cost will depend on how many teeth you’re trying to correct. During your consultation appointment, we will also go over your expected out-of-pocket costs and your financial options. We never want you to miss out on a beautiful smile because of cost concerns, so let us help you fit veneers in your budget.

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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