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Stanley Dentistry “Find Your Smile” Scholarship
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Stanley Dentistry created the “Find Your Smile” Scholarship in 2011. The scholarship is intended to reward a deserving student who is or will be attending a 4-year college or university and has an interest in pursuing dentistry.


In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:


An award of $1,000.00 will be given to one student for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Application Procedure

In order to be considered for this scholarship, all applicants must provide a complete application. In addition to the application, all applicants must submit an essay of 400-500 words including a brief biographical sketch and an answer to why dental health care is important.

The application deadline is June 4th, 2020. Download and print out the form below. When you’re done filling it out, mail it to:

3731 NW Cary Pkwy #201, Cary, NC 27513

Calling all future dentists! Apply for our annual Find Your Smile scholarship here: https://www.stanleysmiles.com/news-events/stanley-dentistry-find-your-smile-scholarship/

Posted by Stanley Dentistry on Friday, March 6, 2020

You step outside the Stanley Dentistry office with your brand new veneers and stop by a Target on your way home, in search of new toothpaste that will help maintain your teeth’s new, bright and shiny appearance. After investing in your new smile, you want to keep your pearly whites as pearly as possible. Without really thinking, you grab some whitening toothpaste.

Whitening toothpaste veneers

It seems like the smart thing to do. If you care about your smile, chances are you’ve used a whitening toothpaste in the past and it probably worked. For natural enamel, whitening toothpaste is great but for veneers, it can actually lead to staining instead of the other way around.

When maintained correctly, veneers will have a polished, glossy sheen that, while beautiful, isn’t as strong as enamel. On a normal tooth, the abrasive nature of whitening toothpaste works to gently polish away surface stains. On a veneer, however, whitening toothpaste wears down the glaze that protects the porcelain from stains. Damage to the glaze makes the porcelain much more susceptible to stains from coffee, wine or sodas.

To avoid unnecessary wear on your dental veneers, stay away from whitening toothpaste and look on the box to see if the toothpaste is recommended for veneers. Your veneers shouldn’t stain though sometimes, when a doctor poorly places a veneer, the bonding line becomes visible over time. Things like wine and coffee can emphasize that bonding line.

On average, well-done and well-maintained veneers should last a very long time.

If you have any questions about the toothpaste you are using or which toothpaste we recommend, give us a call! We would love to give you our advice on the perfect products to maintain your Stanley smile.

Did you know that dental insurance benefits do not roll over from year to year? When your plan renews at the end of the year, any remaining insurance benefits are lost. These are benefits that you have already purchased throughout the year and they will be completely wasted. There is no need to throw your hard earned money in the trash! Insurance can be confusing and we want to help ensure that all of our incredible patients receive the care that they deserve and the benefits they purchased.

Dental insurance covers a variety of services offered at our family dentistry in Cary NC. Beyond bi-yearly cleanings and checkups. Many patients are treatment planned with additional services such as necessary fillings, root canals, crowns, and more but are hindered by cost and time. 

If cost is your concern, now is the time to act of your benefits. You are already paying monthly for your dental insurance and not using it to it’s full benefit is wasteful for you. The other factor that most patients mention is their time. The holidays are busy for everyone and waiting until the last minute to schedule your appointment can leave the chance of not getting the appointment time that you desire.

Our goal above all else in our office is our patients’ health. We encourage patients to get the treatment they are recommended when in the office but we understand it can be difficult to make appointments happen as soon as they learn of an issue. Dr. Bobbi Stanley often says, “I want my patients to receive the top notch care they deserve but I also want to help them utilize their dental benefits to ensure they are not wasting their money.” Often times patients do not know that they have benefits remaining and that they will not roll over into next year. The biggest thing we see at the end of the year is parents that want to get their children’s cleanings or wisdom teeth pulled (oral surgery)during Christmas break from school, now is the time to book those appointments to ensure that they will be seen before your insurance renews. 

This year, Stanley Dentistry has committed to making patients aware of remaining benefits, and their outstanding treatment, so that those insurance dollars are put to good use. Our patient liaisons have begun our new yearly Use It or Lose It campaign. We are working diligently to contact patients with remaining benefits to help them get scheduled now, at a time that will fit their schedule, before everyone scrambles to find an open appointment during the busy holiday season.

If you have recommended treatment outstanding or have yet to receive your two dental cleanings and check ups in 2018, please contact our office today and we would be more than happy to help meet all of your dental needs. Our Lead Patient Liaison, Diana Alcaraz, wants all patients to know, “If you are unaware if you are someone who has outstanding treatment or if you have leftover insurance dollar, you can absolutely call us and we will complete a complimentary benefits check to see what coverage you have left to ensure that we maximize your insurance dollars and help you put your hard-earned dollars to work.”


Did you know that during pregnancy more frequent dental visits are crucial for not only your health but also for the health of your baby? During pregnancy, a woman’s chances of contracting gingivitis, also known as periodontal gum disease, are increased significantly. Gingivitis, or an inflammation of the gum tissue, occurs when plaque builds up between the teeth and the gums. Pregnancy gingivitis presents specifically when an expecting mother’s gums become swollen, inflamed, tender, and in some cases begin to bleed. Without treatment, pregnancy gingivitis can easily become active periodontal disease, which can affect the health of the unborn child. Unfortunately, between all of the prepping for the baby’s arrival and other doctor’s visits, new mothers often let their dental health slip. Pregnancy is a busy season for an expecting mother. However, moms should seek to prioritize their regular dental care during pregnancy to protect their health and the health of their child.

The misconception that dental care is not recommended during pregnancy is not only false, but dangerous for both the health of mom and baby. If expecting mothers allow active infection to grow in the mouth, those same diseases can be passed through her body and potentially to the baby. This information may come across as initially frightening; but with the help of Drs. Stanley, expecting mothers can rest easy knowing their dental health is a top priority. Stanley Dentistry can address your concerns, and set moms and children onto a healthy path.

“To combat your chances of contracting pregnancy gingivitis, you should call your dentist when you find out you are expecting. We recommend setting up one dental checkup per trimester to ensure that everything is normal and healthy,” says Dr. Bobbi Stanley. “Please also make sure you are brushing your teeth twice daily, and flossing at least once a day. Although this is always the standard of care that we recommend our patients to use at home, now more than ever, it needs to be done.” Dr. Stanley, a mother of four children, knows just how important regular dental check-ups are all the time, but especially during pregnancy. “As an expecting mom, you want to do everything in your power to protect your baby. Your dentist can partner with you in making sure your smile is healthy for the safety of you and your baby.”

If moms do begin to notice that their gums seem different than normal, set up an examination with the dentist as soon as possible to stop the spread of any potential periodontal disease. If moms are diagnosed with pregnancy gingivitis, Stanley Dentistry can help. The doctors may recommend “a deep cleaning,” or a dental procedure called scaling and root planing. During the procedure appointment, the hygienist will perform an extensive deep cleaning of the patient’s mouth to combat the spread of periodontal disease.

After this procedure, all patients are given a medicated rinse called Chlorhexidine Gluconate mouthwash. This prescription mouthwash ensures that the mouth will continue to actively fight the infection and allows the patient to continue to combat any spread of disease while they are at home. Expectant mothers are often wary of using prescriptions while pregnant; they do not want to endanger their child by introducing new medications. However, there are no studies performed on humans that show any dangerous links between pregnant or nursing mothers and Chlorhexidine rinse.

“Chlorhexidine is completely safe for the mother and the unborn child,” says Dr. Robert Stanley. “We have seen studies about Chlorhexidine and the unborn performed on rats, however, the study reported no effects on the nursing rats.” Dr. Stanley relies on latest research and continuing education to stay abreast of any changes in his field. Drs. Robert and Bobbi Stanley attend about 10 times the required amount of continuing dental education required by the North Carolina state dental board each year.

“Chlorhexidine rinse is meant to be used as a mouthwash by the moth er to combat disease in the mouth,” Dr. Stanley states. His research on the subject has revealed important, new information for nursing mothers. “Recently, a report was published stating a nursing mother applied Chlorhexidine to her nipples, causing her baby’s heart rate to slow dangerously while nursing.  Do not apply Chlorhexidine topically to the skin. We do not, under any circumstances, recommend this rinse to be rubbed on the nipples, especially when breastfeeding. As long as the rinse is used as prescribed, no harm will come to the mother or the unborn or nursing child.”

Recently, Stanley Dentistry longtime hygienist, Jennifer, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. While pregnant, she felt compelled to share her knowledge with other pregnant mothers to help educate them, combat misconceptions, and put their worries at ease. Below is the link to a video with important information for pregnant and nursing mothers regarding pregnancy gingivitis and periodontal disease. Pregnancy is an exciting time for new moms but can also be a scary time in a woman’s life. Stanley Dentistry is equipped to help both nursing and pregnant moms navigate their oral health before, during, and after the birth of their new child. Call the office today to schedule your next hygiene appointment, or to learn more about pregnancy gingivitis.


Stanley Dentistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Stanley has earned the distinction of Diplomate with the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI). He joins an elite group of fewer than 500 dentists bearing this honor.

The ABOI was founded in 1969 by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) with the goal of elevating and standardizing the metrics, skills and abilities of Dental Implantologists in the United States through a rigorous certification and ongoing certification maintenance for qualified dentists. It is considered the premier implantology certifying body and is recognized by the American Board of Dental Specialties (ABDS).

ABOI Diplomate status is the highest level of achievement in implant dentistry. Diplomate certification requires:

Dr. Stanley began his professional career as a mechanical engineer and later returned to school to study dentistry and join his wife, Dr. Bobbi Stanley, in private practice in Cary NC. Their comprehensive approach to family dentistry allows him to focus on dental implants and oral surgery while she practices cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. His uncommon perspective on dentistry combines his training in engineering with his knowledge of dentistry and dental implants. Together Drs. Stanley are able to plan and execute dental implants from start to beautiful finish for patients. In the classroom, they are able to teach other dentists how to provide the same standard of care for their patients.

In addition to placing implants for more than a decade, Dr. Stanley attended a yearlong course continuum at the Dental College of Georgia in 2017 to prepare for the written exam and oral case defense in March of 2018. The ABOI/ID exam assesses the knowledge, acumen and proficiency in implant placement with a rigorous exam—both written and oral—that tests all facets of implant dentistry. Students must prove competency in both surgical and restorative implant dentistry, as well as dental implant maintenance, to successfully complete the examinations, even if they do not practice in each of these areas of focus.

Dr. Robert Stanley is a lifelong learner. ABOI Diplomate status is the latest accolade Dr. Stanley has earned in his ongoing commitment to excellence in dentistry. He is also a Diplomate with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, certified by the Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and an Adjunct Professor of Prosthodontics at his alma mater, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

Before you dismiss this as just another sales pitch for a high-end gadget—get the dirty clean deets on what makes the Sonicare Diamondclean ABSOLUTELY SPLURGEWORTHY! Even our pal Oprah has named it to her list of FAVES this year so you know this is legit!!

Here are our top reasons to buy a Sonicare Diamondclean toothbrush—and you can decide if they are in order of importance.

Improved Oral Health

Doctor, how can I whiten my teeth without professional whitening?

We get this question a lot in our Cary NC dental practice. And, the tried and true answer is—buy a Sonicare and get busy brushing! Sonicare Diamondclean is clinically proven to remove tooth stains in as few as THREE days and make your smile appear whiter in just a week!

As your dental team, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the health benefits along with the aesthetic advantage of a whiter smile. The bristle structure lends itself to up to 7X more plaque removal than a manual toothbrush.  Why does that matter? Plaque monsters are real—not just something we discuss with our children. Plaque carries bacteria, which can lead to cavities and damage to your tooth’s enamel. If plaque stays on your teeth it hardens into tarter which cannot be removed at home. Ultimately you can have soft tissue and ligament damage in the mouth. Ligaments = how your teeth stay attached to your jaw. We want to keep those sturdy!

Expert recommended

There are millions of dollars being spent to market oral healthcare. The trick for consumers is to wade through the hype and figure out if there’s any meat behind the glossy packaging and sales gimmicks. One such method of discernment is to ask the question, what are the tooth authorities recommending?

Dr. Bobbi Stanley absolutely recommends Sonicare Diamondclean toothbrushes to her patients. “The high-frequency sonic technology is able to clean areas that manual toothbrushes and other electric toothbrushes cannot”, said Dr. Bobbi. “It’s especially important for orthodontic patients and those who are having difficulty with their current home care routine”, she continued.

Studies are continually showing that high frequency, high-amplitude, sonic-powered toothbrushes decrease plaque and gingivitis significantly more effectively than manual toothbrushes in everyday use.

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Everyone loves a SALE!

If being named to Oprah’s favorite list, improved oral health and your dentist’s strong recommendation weren’t enough…we know you love a deal! This holiday season Stanley Dentistry is offering $20 off your Sonicare Diamondclean toothbrush purchase. And, if that isn’t enticing enough, Philips is offering a $20 rebate and there is no sales tax when purchased in our Cary NC family dentist office. This amazing deal is good through December 22, 2017. Quantitites are limited so call today to get your ticket to a better smile before the new year! 

Deciding whether to get dental implant surgery is a big decision. It is an investment not only in your smile but in your self-confidence and comfort. Before making a decision on the procedure or on your dentist, you should be informed. We put together this guide to help you understand every step of the process!

Table of Contents:

What are Dental Implants?

what-are-dental-implants Dental implants are man-made substitutions for the root structure of the teeth. The root structure is secured into the bone, allowing the tooth or teeth to look and feel more natural. The jaw bone will naturally grow around the implant allowing it to be even more secure within the mouth. With a dental implant, you have the freedom to eat any foods you please because the structure is fixed, unlike a traditional denture.

There are three parts involved in a complete dental implant procedure: 

Implant: The implant is the underlying manmade root structure. This is traditionally made out of titanium for strength and longevity of the implant. There are a wide variety of different dental implants, and not all are created equal. At Stanley Dentistry we use BioHorizons dental implants because they have the best-proven strength and success.

Abutment: The abutment is a piece that screws into the implant and provides a surface above the gum line to support the tooth (crown).

Crown/Prosthesis: The prosthesis or crown refers to the tooth-like structure that the implant supports. The prosthesis can be a single tooth or a full bridge.


Advantages of Implants

Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple, there are many advantages to choosing dental implants over dentures or partials.

1. Maintains Jawbone Structure

After teeth have been lost or removed, the underlying bone in the jaw can deteriorate over time. Natural teeth embedded in the jawbone stimulate the bone though chewing and biting. Without the tooth root structure, the jawbone can lose its strength, break down, or resorb since the body no longer “needs” it.

Because dental implants are secured in the jawbone they stimulate the bone in the same way a traditional tooth would. Dental implants are the only solution for lost teeth that helps preserve the jawbone. Overtime, without the natural teeth, your smile may begin to have a sunken in look.

2. Restore Your Natural Smile

With dental implants, you essentially get your natural smile back. You can eat, drink, smile, and laugh just as you normally would. You won’t have to worry about taking something out to eat or your teeth not being secure. Dental Implants will allow you to maintain your natural face shape and protect your healthy teeth. Often, a tooth-supported partial puts a strain on healthy teeth and can grind away at the surrounding teeth. The healthy teeth are used to secure and support the partial and can be damaged over time.


3. Avoid Problems with Traditional Dentures

Many denture wearers experience problems with excessive salivation, gagging, loss of taste sensation, or poor fit. Traditional dentures cover the roof of the mouth to maintain a more secure hold in the mouth, but that also means some loss of taste. Most of your taste buds are located on your tongue, but a few are located on the roof of your mouth. Excessive salivation can be a problem, especially in new denture wearers. The brain senses that there is something foreign in your mouth and can register this as food. A message is then sent to the salivary glands to produce more saliva to break down and digest the food. Excessive gagging can be a side effect of the excessive salivation or a natural reaction to the new appliance in your mouth. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to avoid any discomfort caused by traditional dentures.

Implant Procedure Overview

3-d-x-ray-scan-dental-implantsThe first step in any dental implant procedure is the initial consultation. The dental office should provide a free consultation to discuss your options and give you more information on costs and their process. Be aware that your best option for your procedure may not be the cheapest option. If the dentist does not perform fully-guided surgeries the chances of your implant failing or hitting a nerve or sinus is much higher. This means that you may need to have your implant fully replaced in just a few years.

Next, your dentist should take a 3D scan of your mouth and skull. With the 3D scan, they can plot out your dental implant procedure, noting the placement of blood vessels, nerves, and sinuses. Then, depending on the office you visit, your dentist should create a full guide of the implant surgery to ensure precise placement the day of the surgery.

With the advancements in technology and surgical methods, most dental implant surgeries can be completed in one day. Some exceptions may occur depending on your underlying bone structure. Your dentist will be able to tell you if your procedure can be completed after evaluating your case.

Day of Surgery

Depending on the number of implants being placed your surgery could last a few hours or just under an hour. The first step in any dental implant procedure is sedation. Be sure to ask your dentist about their sedation options and if they have the means to use IV sedation at their office.

First, if present, the damaged tooth or teeth will be removed from the mouth. After any necessary teeth have been extracted, your dentist will access the jawbone. Using the guide, the jawbone will be prepped for optimal implant placement.

Once the jawbone is prepped, the first pilot hole is drilled. The pilot drill is the initial drill used in placing the implant. The pilot hole serves as a guide for subsequent drills used later in the implant procedure. Your dentist should use a guide that has been created specifically for your procedure to obtain the precise position and orientation of your implant.

Next, the Osteotomy drill is used to widen the pilot hole to prep for the implant placement.

Finally, the implant is placed into the hole created by the pilot and osteotomy drills. Your dentist should use a guide to ensure optimal placement and positioning of your implant.

From there your dentist will place a cap on the implant. This will be used while your dentist prepares the prosthesis or should you require healing time before the final prosthesis is placed. Even if your final prosthesis is not placed the day of surgery, you will be given a temporary to give you a natural smile until the crown can be placed.

Guided Dental Implant Surgeries

A fully-guided dental implant surgery starts with a 3D x-ray of your mouth and skull. This allows us to plan the optimal placement of the tooth – taking the blood vessels, sinuses, and bone structure into consideration to reduce pain and improve success and longevity.

fully-guided-dental-implant-surgeryAfter the surgery is planned virtually, an exact model of your mouth is made and guides are created to direct the placement of each element of the implant (3 guided layers). The guides are used during the surgery to ensure we achieve the correct angle, size, and depth of the implant. This keeps your dental implant surgeon from hitting a blood vessel or sinus which often means pain and discomfort for you after surgery. Many dentists will offer partially-guided surgeries where they may plan the placement within your mouth, but do not have a guide to planning the depth of the implant placement. That becomes a problem when a millimeter difference means the implant invades the sinuses.

Placing an implant without a guide is much like hanging a painting without a measuring tape or level. You may place it close to the center of the wall but it will often be just slightly off. When it comes to dental implants, even a slight inaccuracy can seriously impact the success of the implant.

With a fully-guided surgery, you know your dental implant is placed in the optimal location to achieve a better success rate. Your surgery can also be smoother and quicker. Because we virtually practice your entire surgery and plan out every aspect, what at another office can be a 12-hour procedure, can be done in 3 hours at Stanley Dentistry.

Will a fully-guided surgery cost me more?

The guide for the fully-guided surgery costs $250 from the manufacturer – here at Stanley Dentistry, we don’t up-charge our patients for the guide. The guide costs us $250 and that is what we bill your insurance. We want to make fully-guided surgeries the easy choice for our patients. The guides help us know that we performed the best surgery possible and help you have a long-lasting dental implant. We’ve reconstructed many dental implants over the years that could have lasted much longer if the original implant was placed using a full guide. Our top priority is giving you an implant that will last, not just for 3 years, but for the rest of your life.

Questions to Ask Your Dental Implant Dentist

While lots of dentists in the Triangle area offer dental implants, you won’t get the same quality and success rates everywhere. There are a few key questions you need to ask that could be the difference in your dental implant lasting 5 years or the rest of your life.

Do you handle the entire dental implant process?

Your general dentist may not be able to handle the entire process in-house. In some cases, you will have an oral surgeon, general dentist, periodontist, and an anesthesiologist who work collaboratively on your dental implant surgery. While each of these doctors is specialized in their field, it also involves many more moving parts and coordination when it comes to your surgery. Doctors are not project managers by trade so this presents more opportunities for the ball to get dropped. Also, for you it could mean more confusion on who to follow up with should you have any complications with your surgery.

At Stanley Dentistry, we handle the dental implant surgery, any gum or bone grafting, and crown placement under one roof. This allows us to fully manage the process, making scheduling and coordination easier on you. We also employ a licensed nurse anesthetist to monitor you throughout the surgery and make sure you are in good hands.

Are your dental implant surgeries fully-guided?

Surprisingly, not all dental implant placements are performed the same way. Some dentists will perform the surgery without a guide while others will do a partially-guided surgery and only a few do fully-guided surgeries. A fully-guided dental implant surgery ensures the optimal placement of the dental implant for the best success, but only 3% of dentists do fully guided surgeries.

There are three types of guides:

A dentist will say that they do guided dental implant surgery even if they only use one of the three types of guides. This is why it is important to ask if they do fully-guided surgeries.

What type of prosthetics do you use?

With an All-on-4 or Teeth Xpress procedure, some doctors will convert your existing denture into a fixed prosthesis. We don’t recommend this method because most dentures are made of acrylic. Acrylic is naturally a more porous material and usually needs to be replaced after 5 to 7 years since you can no longer remove the denture to clean it. Acrylic prosthesis often absorbs the smells of foods and beverages and can start to smell after a while.

It is best if your dentist creates a custom crown or prosthesis that has the exact size holes to affix to your dental implant abutments. This will allow for the most secure fit and improve the longevity of your dental implant. The new prosthesis should be made out more durable, less porous material that can last a lifetime with proper care.


Every month, reporters from around the globe solicit expert opinions and case studies for a variety of topics. As a key opinion leader in the dental industry, Dr. Bobbi Stanley is often asked to weigh in on dental and oral health concerns.

When approached about a patient that had seen significant improvement in overall health with changes in their oral health care, Dr. Bobbi immediately thought of longtime superstar patient Ros S. Ros works for Lifetime Fitness and is not only physically fit herself, she regularly counsels others in their quest for better health. So when Ros was having trouble making it through the day without resting and dosing up with caffeine, she really could not identify the cause. She was eating right, exercising, getting a decent amount of sleep and yet felt tired all the time.

At her six-month dental visit, she posed the question to Cary family dentist Dr. Bobbi, Why am I tired all the time? The wellness exam revealed that although there was no pain and nothing noticeable (to the untrained eye), Ros was suffering from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a condition where mouth bacteria build up releases toxins and cause inflammation and irritation of the gums. It can lead to bone and tooth loss. While this condition appears to be concentrated solely in the mouth, it actually can affect other parts of the body and overall health as well.

Much research has been done correlating oral health issues with problems throughout the body. Studies have established clear links between some respiratory illnesses and complications with diabetes management. There is also evidence connecting pregnancy complications, heart disease, hypertension and other inflammatory issues such as rheumatoid arthritis. 

Periodontal disease can be controlled with proper care and that’s just what Dr. Bobbi advised Ros to do. “We did a deep cleaning and followed up with regular perio maintenance and Ros saw a marked improvement in energy levels over time”, said Dr. Bobbi. She continued, “Oral health is the gateway to overall health and I’m glad to see that connection coming to the forefront.”

Have you noticed reduced energy or unwarranted feelings of fatigue? You could be experiencing lethargy due to oral health issues. The best way to ensure optimal oral health is to maintain a twice-yearly schedule of dental exams and cleanings so you can potentially avoid problems before they start.

On Sunday October 15, Drs. Robert and Bobbi Stanley competed in the Louisville Ironman competition.

The first Ironman occurred in 1978 in Hawaii and only had 15 competitors. The race came about through a spirited discussion concerning the world’s strongest athletes. Was it swimmers or runners? Ironman founder and U.S. Navy Commander John Collins argued that Sports Illustrated had recently showcased a cyclist for “highest oxygen uptake”. Could it be cyclists were the fittest of the bunch? They came to the conclusion that anyone able to accomplish the most challenging competitions from all three sports would surely be the “Ironman”.

In the first competition, each participant was given three handwritten pages of rules. On the last page was the now trademarked,Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life. The first Ironwoman was named in 1979.

The Road to Ironman Louisville

Dr. Bobbi after swimWhen Dr. Bobbi celebrated her 50th birthday in 2016, she carefully reviewed a bucket list she made a few years ago. One of the items not yet checked was “complete an Ironman triathlon”. She thought about the feat, her family commitments, a bustling family dental practice in Cary NC and decided she could safely attempt a half Ironman (swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles). She and Dr. Rob agreed to train for the Raleigh City of Oaks Half Ironman in June 2017. Dr. Rob’s training got side tracked with commitments at Stanley Institute and the couple agreed he would sit it out. On race weekend, the excited atmosphere got the best of him and he surprised Dr. Bobbi by joining her at the starting line with very little prior training!

After they finished the race, they both decided they had to go all the way! “I’ve never been someone that only goes halfway. I wanted the satisfaction of saying ‘I am an Ironwoman.’, quipped Dr. Bobbi. The doctors set their sites on Louisville.

Training intensified in preparation for the big event with a rigorous 3-4 hour daily regimen. They worked with John Austin at Tri-n-Run Coaching to ready themselves with intensive workouts which included riding their bikes to Wilmington NC from the Triangle. Between their workouts and a ketogenic diet, the duo felt as ready as possible. “I turned 50 this year and I have never been in better shape”, said Dr. Robert Stanley.

Race Weekend

It really was a family affair. Drs. Stanley’s parents, team member Gayle Banic, daughter Megan and a handful of family, friends and colleagues made the trip to cheer them to the finish line. “It meant the world to us to have such a great support team! We couldn’t have done it without them and it made the whole trip more fun!” said Dr. Bobbi. They were able to visit Louisville restaurants and points of interest and preview the course prior to the big day. Daughter Megan Stanley made signs and strategically mapped out points to catch a glimpse of and offer words of encouragement to each of her parents.


The first leg of the day was the 2.4-mile swim in the Ohio River. This was a wetsuit legal race but with a water temperature in the mid-60’s, the water felt refreshing. It is a staggered entry based on estimated swim times and Dr. Rob entered the water first (7:51am) with Dr. Bobbi beginning about 17 minutes later. “I’ve really been working on my swim technique. My focus was to improve the mechanics of my swimming in order to cut my time.” Said Dr. Rob. It worked brilliantly! He finished his swim in 1:08:15 which was approximately 8 minutes longer than his half Ironman swim time (for twice the distance!). Dr. Bobbi admits that the swim is typically her weakest segment but was pleasantly surprised by a steady pace with a total swim time of 1:31:37, a new personal record.Dr. Robert after bike ride

As they left the water, each was happy with their performance on the swim leg. Dr. Rob likened the event to a game of chess. You MUST plan and pace yourself. Dr. Rob practiced his nutrition or “gut training” during his last weeks of preparation and felt confident as he followed his plan. He narrowly escaped hurricane force winds and storms by finishing the bike leg just before 4 pm. Dr. Bobbi began her run during a downpour after being batted around by the strong winds and experiencing a 20 degree temperature drop while on the bike. Dr. Bobbi really felt the old adage, Ironman is more mental than physical when she was halfway through the marathon (3rd leg) portion of the race. “I really had to dig deep to find the strength to finish. It was harder than childbirth!” said Dr. Bobbi.

To be considered an Ironman finisher, you must complete the race in under 16.5 hours from the time you started. Dr. Rob completed the entire race with a time of 14:04:03. Dr. Bobbi came in just under the cutoff with 5.5 minutes to spare! Her race time was 16:24:35.

The saying really is true-bragging rights for life

Dr. Rob was really amazed and grateful to all the people that made this possible. The race begins with proper preparation and gear. “Of course we couldn’t have done it without our coaches, John Austin (Triathlon coach), Stacey at TriStacey coaching for run and bike coaching and swim coach Jeanna Chain. We even had a patient give us the inside scoop on what an Ironman is really like. In addition to the athletic training, we received nutritional counseling from Registered Dietitian Chris Newport that really helped us perform at our peak. Two days before the race, my watch broke and Garmin customer service ignored their standard return protocol to overnight ship a brand new watch to me. The Garmin Forerunner 935 really helped me maintain a steady pace throughout the event by monitoring my heartrate and keeping it in the right zone. We couldn’t have done it without Inside Out Sports, the Cycle Surgeon taking great care of our bikes and the folks at Cycling Spoken Here for giving us top of the line equipment!” commented Dr. Robert Stanley. In addition to the pre-race planning, the Ironman organization ran an amazing event. “The level of professionalism was on par with the standard of excellence we strive for at Stanley Dentistry so we quickly recognized and greatly appreciate the attention to detail at the event, said Dr. Bobbi.

Thousands of people raced in Louisville this fall.  However, statistically (at most), the number of people that have ever finished an Ironman Triathlon event is estimated at 1 in 10000 but is likely less than half that amount. That amounts to fewer than .01% of the world’s population!

Dr. Rob & Dr. Bobbi have finished their first Ironman and lived to tell about it. Now they will focus on recovering from Ironman with rest and relaxation, giving some thought to their next endeavor and enjoying their lifetime bragging rights!

Dr. Robert Stanley and Dr. Bobbi Stanley have been named as Adjunct Professors in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Dentistry. 


The UNC School of Dentistry was the first dental school in North Carolina and was founded to ensure the people of North Carolina received quality dental care through educating dental students and on-site oral health care for the public. The original mission of the school was to serve North Carolina through excellence in education, research, service and patient care. These same values are the foundation of Stanley Dentistry. 

Dr. Bobbi Stanley entered UNC School of Dentistry in the fall of 1989 and was immediately awestruck by the level of technology and research integrated with patient care. During her time there, Dr. Stanley’s career was shaped by some of the finest minds in modern dentistry. “I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the dentist I am today without the influence and generosity of many brilliant professors at UNC”, said Dr. Bobbi. “To be able to give back through mentoring young clinicians is an honor and a privilege”, she continued.

After a almost a decade of co-owning their Cary NC dental practice, Dr. Robert Stanley decided his passion for dentistry extended beyond the operations side and into the clinic. At age 36, he left a successful career as a mechanical engineer to enroll at his wife’s alma mater and began pursuing his own career in dentistry. Upon graduation, he joined the clinical team at Stanley Dentistry with a focus on helping people find their smile through oral surgery and dental implants. “I grew up visiting my grandfather’s dental office and witnessed his immense job satisfaction. When I met Dr. Bobbi, I saw that same joy in being able to help others and wanted that for myself. I am glad to say that I’ve found my smile in my work at Stanley Dentistry. I am looking forward to being back on campus and impacting the students’ education.”

Drs. Stanley will begin their tenure at UNC School of Dentistry with the fall 2017 semester but this will not be the first time for either of them mentoring dental students. The dentists have hosted dozens of dental, dental assisting and dental hygiene students from several area schools for over 20 years in their Cary NC dental practice. Dr. Bobbi Stanley is a Senior Instructor of Orthodontics at the International Association of Orthodontics in Milwaukee Wisconsin. In 2014, they cofounded Stanley Institute for Comprehensive Dentistry and regularly offer continuing education classes for dentists both in their Cary NC facility and speaking engagements throughout the United States.  


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