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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.

Eligibility

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

Value

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.

Due to its popularity with patients considering a Smile Makeover, Dr. Bobbi Stanley has brought back last year’s “Smile Trial” to her Cary NC dental practice.

Dr. Stanley has done hundreds of smile makeovers including work with celebrities like Clay Aiken and Carolina Hurricanes players. While her patients are beyond thrilled with the results, it does require a significant investment. “We use the most current procedures, like no-prep veneers, lumineers and more for our cosmetic dental patients”, said Dr. Bobbi Stanley. She continued, “We use the highest quality materials available on the market and the best dental labs in the country. This emphasis on quality comes at a price and we understand this level of investment requires serious consideration. We want to help our patients make the decision that is best for them which is why we’ve partnered with one of our preferred labs to offer a ‘Try before you buy’ approach to cosmetic dentistry.”

The complimentary program involves an appointment where dental molds will be taken and Dr. Bobbi will place an order for a wax mock-up for the dental crowns, no prep veneers, lumineers or traditional veneers that best suit the desired esthetic outcome. The impressions are sent to the lab and in a few weeks a wax version of the new smile is returned to Stanley Dentistry in Cary NC. 

At this point the patient is asked to come for a smile try-in and encouraged to bring friends and family that can give their feedback on the new look. Once the model is properly fitted, pictures are taken and finally the patient is ready for the reveal! “People are literally stunned”, said Dr. Bobbi. “After avoiding smiling for years, they can’t stop smiling. And absolutely no one wants to remove the model. It really is a powerful moment.”

This risk-free promotion is only available until March 31 during the “New Year, New You” promotion. If you have ever considered rejuvenating your smile, NOW is the time. Contact Stanley Dentistry today and ask if the Smile Trial might be right for you!

 

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.”

 

Lately, we have had many patients inquire about the teeth whitening kiosks in the mall. Many people see the lower costs and want to jump on the opportunity to get fast, cheap, results. The problem is, what people are failing to recognize is that they are jeopardizing their own safety when they get dental procedures done in a non medical setting.

Cases have been popping up all over news outlets of people who went to the mall for whitening and ended up contracting painful infections and needing to go see a doctor to receive antibiotics. After all the work required to fix the mall employee’s mistakes, you end up spending more time and money than if you had just gone to the dentist in the first place.

So, with all of these horror stories warning people to be wary, why are people still choosing this option? It is easy to be fooled and sold by what you see when you are there. The kiosks have their employees dressed in scrub-like outfits that give off the feeling that these employees are medically trained, but they are not. The kiosks in the mall are not regulated, but they are allowed to operate within the law because the employees only hand you the whitening material and you place it in your mouth yourself. Since it is self-administered, these kiosk owners have been able to find a loophole that allows them to operate legally but also poses major risks for the “patients” who choose this method.

We recommend always consulting your doctor if you have any questions about medically inclined procedures. Our office offers complimentary cosmetic consults allowing you to have one on one time with the doctor to discuss all of your whitening options. At Stanley Dentistry, we offer a variety of whitening options with the intent to be able to meet every patient’s individual needs. We encourage our patients to make informed decisions and are here to help you along every step of the way.

Mouthguards are one of the most widely used, but often forgotten, pieces of athletic safety equipment. Mouthguards are crucial to oral safety when participating in sports. When considering contact sports, people often think of using a helmet or padding, but it is often that the mouthguard is forgotten. Did you know that the US National Library of Medicine Institutes of Health reports that five million teeth are displaced from their socket yearly due to sports injuries? That is a lot of teeth! And yet these injuries are easily preventable with the use of a properly fitting mouthguard. 

What are the risks of not wearing a mouthguard?

As we enter into the autumn season, we are greeted by the start of many highly physical contact sports seasons, such as football, soccer, and so on. It is so important for athletes to not only wear a mouthguard, but a properly fitted one. Sports related injuries to the mouth can cause cuts and scrapes to the gum line and cheek tissue, displaced and broken teeth, broken bones in the jaw, and even brain damage. If the teeth are not properly protected, the impact to the mouth can be much more intense and cause brain damage via a concussion. Beyond these immediate effects of the trauma, these injuries can be long lasting as well. If the mouth is not properly protected, neck and jaw injuries can last forever and cause the athlete a lifetime of pain.

Who should be wearing a mouthguard?

Anyone who participates in any kind of recreational activities should wear a mouthguard. As non contact as you believe it might be, spontaneous injuries can still occur. Our very own Dr. Robert Stanley learned this the hard way last week. He was participating in a CrossFit competition when a weight hit him in the mouth and broke his tooth. Dr. Bobbi Stanley had to perform a filling on her husband to repair the broken tooth. He now swears to wear a mouthguard at all times and is encouraging all patients that play any kind of sport to do the same. The American Dental Association has worked to raise the awareness around adolescent athletes wearing mouthguards. They have campaigned for the video game companies that creates sports games to start showing the players wearing their mouthguards within the games as well. They are hoping that as children are playing increasingly popular video games, they will learn by seeing their idols in mouthguards that they too should be wearing a mouthguard when playing a physical contact sport.

Where can I get a mouthguard?

Mouthguards can be purchased at many sports themed stores. The American Dental Association warns that parents be sure to buy their child the mouthguards that need to be boiled and fitted to the child’s individual mouth and not the slip in one size fits all kind. Your dentist would also be more than happy to make you a custom fitting mouthguard in office. As always, our patients’ safety is our main concern, help us help you avoid other preventable procedures down the road, such as fillings, extractions, implants, and so on, by wearing a mouthguard during all recreational activities. If you are unsure if the mouthguard you are buying is correct, please feel free to call us for more information or make an appointment for us to make you a mouthguard.

 

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.

The smell of sunscreen and sounds of ocean waves are already on our minds! Many moms and dads are busy making summer plans. From camps to extra library trips, vacations, sleep overs and more… 
 
Summer is a time to enjoy family and friends, and catch up on a little R&R. Don’t let your dental health interrupt fun plans! Keep these often overlooked healthy dental habits in mind this summer. 
 
1. Schedule and keep dental appointmentsDon’t let travel and other summer activities get in the way of your dental health. Make and keep appointments. Putting off routine visits or avoiding necessary procedures is not a good plan. Summer is a great time to take care of these appointments while children are out of school and parents may have more flexible time. And, if you plan to travel, make time for your dental appointments before you leave. Don’t get stuck with pain or unplanned procedures during your vacation.

Regular dental exams include more than just your teeth, but your gums, tongue, lips, throat, and jaw as well. Regular cleanings help to prevent gum disease, maintain good health, keep your teeth healthy and strong, and to detect problems early. Patients who frequently visit the dentist are less likely to need invasive procedures done such as tooth extractions and root canals. Regular dental cleanings also help you keep your beautiful smile, a professional cleaning helps remove stains, plaque buildup, and tartar that cannot be addressed at home.

 
2. Remember to brush after eating sweet treats. You may be on summer break but your teeth are not! Don’t take a day off from good oral hygiene. Excessive sugar consumption during holidays and summer break can add up. Take time to brush after enjoying sweet summer treats like ice cream, freezer pops, soda and sports drinks…and be sure to floss daily. 

3. Water, water…Stay hydrated! Hot and humid weather makes us want more and more to drink. Replace sugary drinks with sugar-free alternatives and especially water. Paying close attention to water intake will not only help prevent dehydration, but can also contribute to better overall health. The summer is a great time to start drinking more water every day. Try keeping a log, or making it a family goal with a fun chart to track water intake.

4. Protect your grill! Whether mountain biking, roller skating, or enjoying other sports, consider wearing a mouth guard when participating in high impact activities and contact sports. Laugh now, and thank us later!

5. Apply SPF. Don’t forget your lips when applying sunscreen to your face. Lips often burn and chap from sun exposure during summer months. Protect your lips with sunscreen or a lip balm containing SPF.
 
6. Get a second opinion. If a dental procedure has been recommended for you, you may want to consider scheduling a consultation or second opinion with us. Both are complimentary at Stanley Dentistry.
 
Our Cary, North Carolina family dentist office offers the latest, most advanced dental technology and the best patient amenities in the Triangle. We want to provide a relaxing and comfortable environment for our patients whether here for a dental exam and professional cleaning or a more complex dental procedure. We guarantee that your dental experience at Stanley Dentistry will be unlike any other.

But, don’t just take our word for it. See what Stanley Dentistry patients have to say. Or see our work for yourself in our smile gallery. Sometimes images are more powerful than words, especially when you have the opportunity to view before and after photos side by side. In the Smile Gallery you can browse our recent work and see real life results of how our cosmetic and restorative dentistry changed the smiles of our patients.

 
 
 

It’s the time of year everyone should look forward to: warmer weather, longer days and the celebration of high school and college graduations.

Whether achieving an academic milestone yourself or celebrating with someone else, the thought of putting your smile in the spotlight should not evoke anxiety. But, unfortunately, you may be among the many who experience some apprehension at the thought of showing your pearly whites. Special photos and joyous memories will be around for many years to come. Make the most of these special occasions by perfecting your smile with the smile experts at Stanley Dentistry.

Perhaps you want to look your best but don’t have time for traditional cosmetic dentistry, or the thought of visiting the dentist is more stressful than achieving your academic goals or putting your child through college.

For decades, Stanley Dentistry located in the heart of Cary, North Carolina, has been a trusted provider in helping patients address smile anxiety with a quick, cosmetic solution. Snap-On Smile helps ready you for upcoming events with the smile of your dreams… and best of all, without pain and in a hurry! Your smile can be ready for any special occasion in as little as two visits to our Cary Parkway location.

From the moment you enter the office, you will be greeted by our warm and friendly staff whose top priority is to make your visit comfortable. Our office is outfitted with some of the best technology and unexpected amenities. At Stanley Dentistry, patients can sit back and relax while enjoying a warm blanket and Bose headphones.

Our highly skilled staff can apply a Snap-On Smile, a removable bridge that slides right over your existing teeth, covering gaps, crooked, or missing teeth with a look that you can be proud of.

At the first visit, one of our dentists will take an impression of your teeth. Then, you’ll return at a later date for a final fitting. Snap-On Smiles can be a temporary, non-invasive alternative to traditional cosmetic dentistry like lumineers or veneers.

Snap-On Smiles come with a 12-month warranty, but with proper care, they can last three to five years. These removable bridges are a non-permanent, lower cost smile solution. Best of all, they’re a quick and painless solution that makes a lasting impression.

Thanks to the Snap-On Smile, you will be eating and drinking normally, while celebrating life’s most precious moments.

Call today, and let us Find Your Smile. Click here to read about other patient experiences.

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