About Our Doctors

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Our Orthodontist Dr. Clifton

Dr. T. Lenise Clifton, DDS, MS is a native of Louisiana. She grew up in DeQuincy and completed her undergraduate degree at Centenary College of Louisiana. Dr. Clifton moved to North Carolina after college and completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. She completed a residency in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics that required five years of training after dental school and earned her Masters of Science. Dr. Clifton opened the doors to her practice in September 1997. She has published several articles related to her graduate program research at UNC and sometimes returns to UNC for teaching in the pediatric dental clinic. She is a member and board-certified by both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Orthodontics. Dr. Clifton is also a member of the North Carolina Dental Society and the Durham-Orange Dental Society.

Dr. Clifton has been married to Dr. Chuck since 1993. She is the wonderful mother of three children: Anna Claire, Mary Kate and Ben. Dr. Clifton enjoys college sports and is an avid Tar Heels fan! She has a green thumb as well as an artistic eye. This is evident in the beautiful roses she grows and the many intricate creations she has made while sewing. Dr. Clifton loves playing the piano and is a talented singer. During college, she even had the opportunity to perform with her choir in many foreign countries. She loves to relax with a good book and spend time with her family.

She has enjoyed being a pediatric dentist and orthodontist because, “There’s always something new to learn, and it’s always exciting.” She feels like, “We make a difference in the way people smile and feel about themselves. Having toys and prizes around is great, too!” Dr. Clifton is proud of the team that supports her and Dr. Mauney. She “loves working with our talented, committed team. There’s nothing better than spending your days with people who love caring for children.”

Our Pediatric Dentist Dr. Chuck

Dr. Charles U. Mauney (or Dr. Chuck), DDS, MPH grew up in Charlotte,  NC. He graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1989 and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993.

Dr. Chuck practiced as a general dentist for a few years before returning to UNC to complete his residency in pediatric dentistry and receive his Masters in Public Health in 2000. He then joined the practice with his wife, Dr. Lenise Clifton.

Dr. Chuck is board-certified and has achieved Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, NC Dental Society and the Durham-Orange Dental Society. Dr. Chuck sometimes teaches in the pediatric dental clinic at UNC as an adjunct faculty member.

As well as being a husband to Dr. Clifton, Dr. Chuck is the proud father of three children: Anna Claire, Mary Kate and Ben. He enjoys Tar Heels sports, especially football and baseball. 

He enjoys gardening and has recently become a hobby farmer. His favorite vegetable to grow is tomatoes. He is a big fan of all types of music and loves chocolate chess pie! He is also a great cook and loves to test out new recipes on his family.

Dr. Chuck loves being a pediatric dentist because it offers him the chance to “watch the kids grow up and to celebrate their accomplishments.” He enjoys being a part of our dental team because every member “strives to make every child feel special.”

At Clifton & Mauney we provide comprehensive services under one roof. Whether your child (or you) needs orthodontic care—using braces or Invisalign—or your family needs specialized pediatric care, we have it all.

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Drs. Clifton & Mauney love to meet new patients and look forward to seeing familiar faces of our current ones as well. If you’re looking for superior orthodontic and dental care for you and your family, contact us today and we’ll be happy to help. We are happy to offer a variety of orthodontic and dental services to patients of all ages in Chapel Hill, NC. Call us today to schedule your first appointment!