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What was your experience like getting crown lengthening at Stanley Dentistry?

“I ended up coming to Stanley Dentistry because it [her gummy smile] was something I always wanted to fix when I was younger. So, I did some research online and I came to the conclusion that this was where I wanted to go to. My experience when I came in — everyone was super friendly and then I was pretty nervous about the whole procedure, but everyone made me feel very comfortable. Overall, it was a pretty good experience.

The healing process, as far as pain, I didn’t really have any. It took a few days for the swelling to go down, but other than that it was pretty minimal. The results were immediate. After they finished, they let me look at them and I could already tell a difference.

I have found everyone who works here to be helpful because I was super nervous before getting the procedure. But everyone made me comfortable and made sure that the procedure was comfortable so it was a lot of help. I would recommend this practice for anyone looking for a dental office because everyone is so helpful and friendly. I would definitely recommend it.”

What is crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening is one of the many different surgical procedures we offer at the office. It’s a cosmetic procedure that helps correct “gummy” smiles — or smiles that show a large percentage of the gums. People who have gummy smiles often think they have “small” teeth but in reality, their gums are just covering a majority of their teeth. Crown lengthening is a procedure that exposes those hidden teeth while also changing the shape and angle of the bone beneath the gums to ensure the gums cannot grow back over the teeth. After the procedure, patients are able to immediately see the results. Within a few weeks, the gums will heal and you’ll be left with a beautiful smile!

Is crown lengthening painful?

We use various sedation methods for crown lengthening cases so the experience can be 100% pain-free. You can learn more about sedation dentistry here.

Is crown lengthening right for me?

Wondering if crown lengthening is what you’ve been looking for? Come in for a complimentary consultation or set up a virtual consultation here. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Bobbi Stanley, and our dental surgeon, Dr. Robert Stanley, will take a look at your smile and let you know if you’re a good candidate and how much it will cost. We’ll see you soon!

Typical gingival pigmentation

Dark or black spots on the gums are typically the byproduct of melanin buildup in the gums. It’s a completely natural, genetic condition that does not cause any adverse health effects. However, we’ve had quite a few patients ask about ways that they can remove those spots because they dislike how they make their smile appear asymmetrical. Unfortunately, there are no at-home remedies for removing dark blotches on the gums. Most professional methods also fail because they use things like knives or lasers which remove the pigmentation temporarily. Within a year, the spots come back.

My team and I noticed this gap in the cosmetic dentistry world and decided to try and close it. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, you can change most anything: the size of your teeth, how “gummy” your smile is, and the shade of your smile. It just didn’t make sense to us that, with so much dental technology out there, patients who want dark gingival spots removed couldn’t find a real, long-lasting solution.

Discovering Britegums

It took a few years, but we finally found something that could change how dentists correct pigmented gingival spots: radio waves. Using an FDA approved electrosurgery device, we could emit radio waves near the surface of the gums, pulling the pigmentation out. The procedure proved to be inexpensive, easy on the patient, and most importantly, very successful. In the majority of cases, the radio waves take away gum pigmentation for good. We called the procedure Britegums and the rest is history!

How does Britegums cure black gums?

black gums

Curious about the Britegums process and how it works? Click here to go to the Britegums “How does it work” page. Have any additional questions about Britegums? Click here to go to our Britegums FAQs page.

What’s the first step to curing my dark gums?

Ready to get started on your Britegums treatment? You can call 1-866-274-8348 or schedule a complimentary consult online here. Our office is located in Cary, North Carolina but we’ve seen patients all the way from California and Nevada to Michigan and New York. If you do live out-of-state, we encourage you to ask for a virtual consultation. Using FaceTime or Google Duo, we can take a look at your smile and give you a rundown of your treatment and finances. After that, you can book a trip to Cary! We’re located right next to the airport (RDU), making it easy to drop-in, get the procedure done, and then get right back home.

We hope to see you soon!

veneers in raleigh

Want to dramatically transform your smile but don’t have the funds right now to do it? We’ve got you covered! In honor of our office turning twenty-five this year, we’ve decided to do our biggest giveaway ever: up to ten porcelain veneers. The grand prize is worth $25,000 and it is truly a life-changing procedure. Out of all the services we offer, porcelain veneers are one of the most extraordinary when it comes to transforming how a person looks. Don’t believe us? Check out our before-and-afters on our Instagram page @StanleyDentistry.

How do I enter?

To enter for a chance to win, just go to Dr. Bobbi’s personal Instagram, @drbobbistanley, and click on the post that says “GIVEAWAY.” It should be pretty close to the top and easy to see!

Once you’re there, just follow the simple directions: like the post, follow @drbobbistanley + @stanleydentistry, and submit a picture of your smile to our Smile Virtual portal. Make sure to submit a headshot, a close-up of your smile, and a quick sentence telling us what a smile makeover would mean to you. That’s it!

When will I know if I won?

The contest runs from now till June 30th. We will contact the randomly-chosen winner on June 30th.

What are porcelain veneers?

Want to learn a little more about veneers before entering our contest? Here are some helpful links:

purple gums

You don’t know when or how they got there but you’ve begun to notice (and maybe dislike) the blotchy, purple spots on your gums. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. We get a lot of patients calling our office asking us about spots on their gums. Because gum discoloration isn’t really something dentists or doctors talk about very often, not many people truly understand what the spots are or why they have them. They call this discoloration all sorts of things: purple gums, dark gums, “peeling” gums, and brown gums are just a few.

In reality, blotchy spots on the gums are simply caused by melanin build-up and are completely harmless. Still, quite a few people don’t care for how the spots can make their smile appear asymmetrical. See, the pigmentation on the gums is very rarely uniform. This means the person’s smile appears uneven — even if the teeth are perfectly straight. People who have “gummy” smiles, where a significant portion of the gums are visible when smiling, tend to make up a large percentage of our patient base purely because their gums impact the appearance of their smile more.

Black gums

Is there a way to fix purple gums?

It’s important to remember that, when talking about gum pigmentation, everything is cosmetic. Dark spots on the gums are not going to cause any health concerns. However, if you don’t like the way your gums are affecting your smile, we’ve got a solution.

Up until a few years ago, there weren’t many methods for safe gum pigmentation removal. Some doctors tried using lasers to burn away the pigmentation or knives to cut out the pigmented tissue. Neither of these methods were comfortable for the patient, nor did they provide long lasting results. Within a year or two, the pigmentation would always return.

We had a patient come in who was desperate for a real way to permanently remove the spots on her gums. With this as our motivation, we got to work, trying to find a safe and simple way to remove gum pigmentation. We found our solution in radio waves. Unlike other methods, radio waves are able to remove not just the melanin in the gums but also the melanocytes — the cells that create the melanin. By removing both, we are able to give patients symmetrical, pink gums that stay that way for, in most cases, a lifetime. We called this process Britegums.

How do radio waves remove pigmentation?

We use an FDA approved electrosurgery device to emit the radio waves. The device uses a special brush head to emit the waves and help loosen and remove the pigmented gum tissue. The procedure can be uncomfortable for patients since the mouth is a sensitive area. We provide a local anesthetic for Britegums though, if you’re suffering from dental anxiety, we can use IV or inhalation sedation to make it even easier on you.

It typically takes about seven days for the full results from the procedure to be visible. Patients heal completely two to three weeks post-surgery.

How invasive is Britegums?

Compared to most of the procedures we do at Stanley Dentistry (like dental implant surgery or crown lengthening), Britegums is incredibly non-invasive. There is zero bleeding since the radio waves stop any bleeding before it starts. For the doctor, the procedure is very easy and straight-forward. Most patients are in and out of the office within an hour.

You may experience some mild discomfort after your appointment as your gums heal. We recommend using Tylenol or Advil to help with that.

purple gums before after

Am I a good candidate for Britegums?

There are a few things we look for in a good Britegums candidate. The first thing is dental health. Before you get any kind of cosmetic procedure done, your dentist will want to make sure you don’t have any signs of tooth decay or periodontal disease (gum disease). If you do have periodontal disease and you need a gum graft, we’ll do that first and allow it to heal before moving on to the Britegums treatment.

The second thing we look for is melanin-based pigmentation. For most people, this pigmentation is genetic but in rare cases, we have had patients with smoker’s melanosis come in to get Britegums. We can use Britegums to treat smoker’s melanosis but we cannot use Britegums on patient’s suffering from Leukoplakia or any other ailment that causes gray or pale gums.

Where can I get Britegums?

While we’re working on getting a few more Britegums offices in other states and countries, right now have one location in Cary, North Carolina. Many of our patients live hundreds of miles away from North Carolina which is why we offer complimentary virtual consultations. With the virtual consultation, we’ll take a look at your gums and see if Britegums is the right course of treatment for you. If it is, we’ll encourage you to book a flight to RDU which is just down the street from our office.

We hope to see you soon!

veneers in raleigh
Veneers before and after

This is a question we get asked more often than you might think. Lots of people want veneers (check out our Instagram before-and-afters to see why) but, at a glance, they can sound a little scary. After all, prepped veneers involve shaving a small amount of the natural tooth enamel off in order to make room for the porcelain veneers. That seems like it would negatively affect your oral health, right? Actually, it’s the opposite.

Can I get prepless veneers?

Before diving into prepped veneers, let’s talk a little bit about the other kind of veneers we offer at Stanley Dentistry: prepless veneers. We prefer to give patients no-prep veneers because we can put the veneers on and take them off without doing anything permanent to the natural teeth. However, for many patients, no-prep veneers are not an option. In order to be a candidate for no-prep veneers, you have to have a particular mouth and upper lip shape. Putting no-prep veneers on a person who is not a good candidate will guarantee poor results.

Are traditional veneers right for me?

You and your dentist have decided traditional veneers are you best option. But, you’re still a little nervous about the procedure. Why does your dentist have to shave off a part of the tooth’s enamel? And what does that mean for your dental health? Will you have more cavities than before? Will you experience any dental pain?

These are all reasonable questions to ask prior to getting veneers. It’s a big decision and, as with all big decisions, you want to know for sure that you’re making the right choice. To make things a little easier for you, I’ll let you in on a secret: I’ve had practically zero patients who regretted getting veneers. It’s always something they wish they had done earlier. Out of all the cosmetic services we offer, veneers are one of the most powerful. They can completely transform the way a person looks. It’s truly amazing.

So, if you’re looking for that big change in your smile, veneers are it. Still a little nervous about it? Here are a FAQ’s that will hopefully let you rest easier:

Will I get more cavities with veneers?

This is a common veneers myth. Enamel is the strong, exterior substance that protects the tooth. If you shave that off, the tooth becomes more vulnerable, right? If your dentist places your veneers correctly, the veneer will act as an enamel substitute. The porcelain acts a barrier between plaque and your tooth. People who have veneers very rarely get cavities. As long as you continue to floss and brush diligently, your natural teeth will remain healthy.

veneers
Porcelain veneers on a model

Veneers don’t last forever

While veneers are long-lasting, they will not last forever. You may have to replace your veneers at some point. Most patients wear their veneers for fifteen to twenty years though, with poor maintenance, they may only last a quarter of that. Regular trips to the dentist and good dental hygiene are very important if you have veneers.

Why does the dentist have to shave off enamel for veneers?

Veneers act as a porcelain “veneer” over your teeth. While today veneers are exceedingly thin, they still need a little bit of space in order to fit over your natural smile. This is why we have to shave off a tiny bit of the enamel.

Thirty years ago, cosmetic dentists had to shave off quite a bit of enamel in order for veneers to fit over natural teeth. This was because the materials and technology were too rudimentary to allow for thinner (but still durable) veneers. Nowadays, we only have to take off a very small amount of the natural enamel thanks to new tech.

Is getting veneers painful?

A veneers delivery appointment is typically very quick and easy. We will use some form of sedation — typically just some local anesthetic or inhalation sedation. This makes the process a little more comfortable for the patient. After the procedure, patients may feel some discomfort. They can typically manage that with Tylenol and Advil.

What’s the first step?

Once you decide that you want veneers, you need to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation with a cosmetic dentist. Our consultations are 100% complimentary and allow patients to ask the doctor questions about the procedure. They’re also the time to talk about financing options.

If you’re ready to get the smile of your dreams, call 919-460-9665 or set up an online consultation here.

Black gums

Post-quarantine, we’ve had a lot of patients call and ask us about cosmetic dentistry options. They want to know more about the cosmetic procedures we do, like gum contouring, bonding, and Britegums. At first, we were just thrilled to have more patients coming in. This has been a hard time for small businesses and every foot through the door is a big help in our slow-but-steady comeback.

But, eventually, as we examined the numbers and talked to some other offices, we began to realize something. During quarantine, people spent a lot of time on Zoom calls or Facetime chats. Those kinds of software act as a mirror, showing both the viewer and the caller on the screen. In short, it gives people time to look at themselves. For the first time in years, or for the first time ever, people are noticing small, cosmetic blemishes. They’re noticing things like dental staining, minor misalignment, or blotchy, “peeling” gums.

What are “peeling” gums?

That last one is the one that really surprised us. We’d never heard the term “peeling” when it comes to gums before. But, over the past few weeks, we’ve had many people calling and asking about their peeling gums and how we can treat them. Fortunately for these people, their gums aren’t really “peeling.” They’re actually just a little blotchy and slightly discolored. Melanin can appear in the gums, causing spots of color. These spots are completely cosmetic. They have more to do with genetics than your health.

Still, a lot of people dislike the way they look. This is particularly true for people who have “gummy” smiles, meaning their gums are distinctly visible when smiling. The uneven spots and blotches on the gums can throw off the symmetry of a smile and symmetry is what creates a really beautiful smile. Luckily, we have a pretty easy solution for removing that excess pigment in order to create a more uniform smile.

How do you fix blotchy gums?

For a long time, there wasn’t much that could be done to correct dark spots on the gums. There were some laster treatments but most of them were expensive, painful, and could not provide long lasting results. And then, a few years ago, our team discovered a new way to safely remove pigmentation from the gums without using lasers, knives, or any other painful tools. The answer was radio waves. Radio waves are able to gently remove the pigmentation without injuring the delicate gum tissue. We saw great results and decided to call the procedure Britegums, since it “brightens” dark spots on the gums. You can learn more about Britegums here.

Does Britegums hurt?

Britegums is a cosmetic dental procedure that does require some form of sedation. Without sedation, the procedure would be somewhat painful. Most people prefer to use a local anesthetic to numb the area. With the anesthetic, there is zero pain during the procedure. Afterward, some patients report mild discomfort as the gums heal. Patients can easily manage the pain with Advil or Tylenol.

How long is the healing period?

treatment for black gums

Britegums patients typically see a very short healing period. You can get back to your normal routine within a day. Although it’s a tender area of the body, the mouth heals fast. We have patients come in every week or every other week for a little while to check on how the gums are healing. Within a month or two, their smile is completely healed.

Is Britegums expensive?

We offer numerous financing options for Britegums, though most patients don’t even need to look at them since the procedure is very affordable. Set up a virtual consultation by calling (866) 274-8348 and we’ll set out a treatment plan for you.

Are the results long lasting?

This is always the most important question that patients ask us. Patients with peeling, blotchy, or “purple” (as some people call them) gums want a permanent way to remove that pigmentation. Lasers and knives only offer a few years without dark spots. Britegums, on the other hand, offers long-lasting results. In 99% of cases, once the pigmentation is gone, it’s gone. You won’t have to worry about a aymmetrical, blotchy smile ever again.

Where do I sign up?

Many of our Britegums patients come from outside the Cary-Raleigh area. We offer a very specialized, unique treatment that is impossible to find anywhere else. Because of this, we offer complimentary virtual consultations so you can talk with our team before booking a flight to North Carolina. You can request a virtual consultation here. We’ll see you soon!

Why did you come into Stanley Dentistry?

“So I was looking to get veneers done. I went online and looked up reviews about good practices in the area. I saw that this practice had such good reviews so I came in and they gave me my options. So, I came back, I don’t know, a couple of weeks later, and got the veneers put on and it’s definitely been one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

What was your experience like getting veneers?

It was really simple. It always amazes me, it was so simple. I just came in and they put the gummy stuff on my teeth and took impressions of my teeth. I came back a couple of weeks later, [and the doctors] put them on. Instantly that day, I went from an okay smile to a really good smile that people notice and always comment on. That part has been incredible.

How was working with the Stanley Dentistry team?

You know what, they are incredible to work with. Everyone here is so friendly and so knowledgable. So, I would never consider going anywhere else. I actually come more often! I think you’re supposed to come every six months — I actually come every three or four, because I just like the staff and I feel like they do such a good job with everything. I’ve had a great experience with both [Dr. Bobbi Stanley and her dental assistants] as well. They’ve always been super nice and super knowledgable. Always interested in checking in on you and seeing how everything is going. So, from both sides of it, I really enjoy working with both of them — Dr. Bobbi and the whole staff.

Would you recommend Stanley Dentistry to others?

I definitely have recommended the practice. And, I definitely would if anyone is looking for a dentist — especially if they are going to do any sort of cosmetic work. I would 100% recommend Dr. Bobbi and her staff.”

Ready to schedule?

Looking to transform your smile in just two appointments? Porcelain veneers (prep or no-prep) are the way to go. Schedule online here.

invisalign retainer

You’ve spent twelve months in Invisalign and you’re more than ready to toss your clear aligners. The good news is that you can — you’re technically done with treatment (congrats!). The not-so-good news is that you’ll now need to wear a retainer in order to keep your teeth from moving around again. Your teeth will always want to revert back to the misaligned position they were in before you started treatment. Without the proper retainer consistently reminding them to stay in place, your new smile will not last.

That may sound a little scary but it shouldn’t. Many, many people have removable or permanent (“bonded”) retainers. If they do wear one, chances are you’ve never seen it. Removable retainers are typically clear, just like an Invisalign tray. Bonded retainers just rest behind the front teeth. After getting into a routine, wearing and taking care of a retainer will be like second nature!

What is a removable retainer?

At Stanley Dentistry, we typically recommend that Invisalign patients get a removable retainer post-treatment. Of course, every case is unique so we may recommend something different under abnormal circumstances. We like removable retainers for a few reasons:

As with everything, there are some cons to removable retainers. The most obvious one is that you have to remember to actually wear them. For the first few months, we encourage patients to wear their retainers as much as possible. This means wearing them at night and during the day. After that initial period, patients only have to wear them at night. But, if they forget to wear them for a week or more, they can expect some discomfort when they try to reinsert the retainer. If the patient neglects to wear the retainer for an extended amount of time, additional orthodontics may be needed to regain a straight smile.

Some of our patients grind their teeth at night (bruxism). In these cases, we recommend that the patient get a retainer occlusal guard. These keep the teeth straight and help inhibit dental grinding.

What is a bonded retainer?

Bonded or permanent retainers are just as their name suggests: permanent (or, at least, non-removable). We bond the small metal retainer to the front upper or bottom teeth to help keep them in the right place. The retainer is specially made to facilitate easy brushing and flossing, so you won’t have to worry about any dental hygiene setbacks. However, we don’t always recommend permanent retainers because they cannot do anything for the back teeth and they frequently break (often times without the patient even knowing). If the retainer does break, the teeth can potentially move out of place (once again, without the patient realizing it), requiring, potentially, additional orthodontics to re-straighten.

We recommend bonded retainers for patients who 1) had misalignment only on their front teeth or 2) for patients who struggle with remembering to put in and take out their Invisalign trays. It also depends on the patient’s unique case and dental history.

Ready to start your Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign is the easiest, fastest, and most affordable way to transform your smile. We’re offering complimentary Invisalign consultations that include a free Itero scan so you can get started on your treatment during the first appointment. You can request a new appointment here! We’ll see you soon!

veneers

Veneers are the crowning achievement of the cosmetic dentistry world. They can transform almost any smile, making them brighter, symmetrical, and more resistant to tooth decay. Porcelain veneers, compared to composite veneers, are long-lasting, stain-resistant, and look spectacular. Besides the fact that veneers are more expensive than whitening or bonding, there really isn’t a downside to them. I recommend them to anyone who’s struggled with their smile confidence in the past or for anyone who’s tried other cosmetic dentistry services with little success. I’ve already listed a few of the reasons why I think veneers are the best of the best but here are the top five reasons why you should consider getting veneers:

1. Quick, pain-free procedure

Prior to a veneers delivery, we numb the mouth (we can also use stronger sedation if the patient chooses) to make the procedure as painless and easy for the patient as possible. Depending on the case, the procedure may take thirty minutes to a little over an hour to complete. For no-prep veneers, the procedure is especially fast since they don’t require any prep.

2. Fewer cavities

If you already have a lot of dental decay, veneers will not fix the decay. You need to speak with your dentist and make sure you get any necessary fillings, root canals, or extractions before going in for a veneers consultation. It is very important to remember that veneers are strictly cosmetic.

With that being said, properly placed veneers do make your teeth more decay-resistant. Because there is very little of your tooth’s natural surface available for bacteria to cling to, the likelihood of getting a cavity on the teeth that are covered with veneers is slim.

3. Instant symmetry

What makes a beautiful smile? A lot of factors go into perfecting a smile like shade, shape, and, perhaps most importantly, symmetry. Because your smile is often times the first thing people notice when they look at you, little inconsistencies in the gum line or the tooth shape can register as particularly noticeable. Veneers are a quick and easy way to get a symmetrical smile in just a couple of appointments. We’ll take a few scans of your smile and make a set of temporary veneers, to ensure that the fit and symmetry is perfect. If you don’t like the way the temporary veneers look, we can make a new set. Once you’re in love with your new smile, we’ll get the permanent veneers made.

4. Choose your shade

Another important aspect of smile design is shade. With veneers, you can choose exactly what shade you want, from Hollywood white to a more natural color. We typically recommend a shade that will blend in with the appearance of your other teeth (the ones that are not covered with veneers) but at the end of the day, the choice is yours.

Porcelain veneers are less porous than natural teeth so they’re slower to stain. We also coat the veneers in a thin layer of stain-resistant resin that helps keep your veneers bright and white for longer.

5. Longevity

Veneers don’t last forever but they do last a pretty long time. Thanks to modern lab methods, porcelain veneers are stronger and more resilient than ever. With proper care and maintenance, your veneers should last around twenty-five years. When your veneers start to look discolored or begin to crack, it may be time to look into getting a new set. By that time, we’ll probably have some new technology that makes veneers even easier to make and wear!

Bonus: You can finance them

Depending on your budget, veneers can be expensive which is why we offer interest-free financing options. You can pay for your veneers over an extended period of time to ensure they don’t impact your regular finances.

we are open

We are reopening our office for elective procedures (including cleanings) on May 11th! While we’re very excited to see and help our patients again, we first wanted to quickly go over the precautions that we will be taking to keep you and your family as safe and healthy as possible.

At Stanley Dentistry, our responsibility to our patients is to provide the highest standards of dental office infection control. We consider protecting the health of our patients and our team our top priority.

It is important to us that our patients feel safe and well-cared for during their appointments. We have always maintained a high standard of cleanliness but we are now taking it a step further to curb the spread of COVID-19. In order to follow the infection control guidelines recommended by the ADA & NCDS, we are implementing some new protocols. When you come in for your appointment post-May 11th, you can rest assured that your overall health and well-being is our major concern. Below are our new sanitation guidelines.

COVID-19 Prevention Protocols

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