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Use It Or Lose It: Three Months Left
use your dental insurance

Now’s the time

There are only a few months left in 2020 which means there’s a limited amount of time to use up all of your dental insurance benefits. The money you pay into your dental insurance plan does not roll over to the next year so if you neglect to use your benefits before January, you’re essentially throwing away your money. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what your dental insurance company wants you to do. If you don’t take advantage of your semi-annual cleanings, they get to pocket the money they would have given us to cover the cleaning. That’s money you already paid, lining the pockets of an insurance company instead of going towards keeping your teeth healthy.

How can I spend my insurance money?

Most dental insurance plans give you two cleanings a year (though a few only include one). The best way to get the “most bang for your buck” is to schedule and come in for both of those cleanings if you have them available. They’re quick, easy appointments and they’re the best way to keep your mouth healthy and prevent future dental problems.

Depending on your plan, you may have some other benefits available as well. There are plans that cover a certain number of cavities, root canals, and, in certain cases, even dental implants. Give us a call if you’re confused about your dental insurance coverage. We’ll give you a free assessment to see what sort of benefits you have left this year. Once you know, you’ll be able to get started on the treatment you need (before 2021!)

Schedule your cleaning online

We’ve made scheduling your six-month hygiene visits easier than ever. You can now choose the date and time of your cleaning without having to pick up the phone. Just click this link to head over to our secure scheduling portal.

maggy awards

Cary Magazine Presents the 2021 Maggy Awards

Every year, Cary Magazine recognizes some of the top businesses in the Triangle area with the prestigious Maggy Awards. The awards honor all kinds of businesses and business owners with categories like “Best Real-Estate Agent,” “Best Bakery,” and, of course, “Best Dentist.” Dr. Bobbi Stanley has won Best Dentist numerous years in a row and we hope to grab that esteemed title again in 2021! To do so, we need your help.

To vote for Dr. Bobbi Stanley, just click on this link, go to the third page of nominations, and go down to “Best Dentist.” It’s that simple! Make sure to write in nominations for some of your other favorite Triangle businesses. Voting for awards and writing Google reviews are great and easy ways to help small businesses. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but a few awards and five-star reviews can make a huge difference for an office like ours.

Why Stanley Dentistry?

At Stanley Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being one of the oldest family-owned dental offices in the Triangle. Dr. Bobbi Stanley opened the practice back in 1995 so we’ve been operating for twenty-five years. During those twenty-five years, Dr. Bobbi’s husband, Dr. Robert Stanley, decided to go to dental school as well and joined the practice as our surgeon and dental implantologist. Today, we also have Dr. David Baronowski along with two hygienists, a talented lineup of dental assistants, front desk staff, and a marketing team.

We’ve overcome everything from the 2008 recession to this year’s catastrophic COVID-19 shutdown and we always come back stronger than before. How do we do that? It’s all about our team and our patients. Everyone who works in our office, from the assistants to the doctors, is incredibly passionate about helping as many people as possible obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. We truly love helping people find their “smile confidence”. When you have that sort of pure passion, people tend to notice, which is how we’ve managed to create such an amazing patient base. Many of our patients have been with us since 1995 because they know the care we provide is unparalleled.

A lot of businesses use the saying “When you’re here, you’re family,” but at Stanley Dentistry, it’s more than just a saying. Our office is a solidified part of a Cary community. For us, this is home and the patients who come into our office every six months are our family. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to stay here and serve the Triangle for over two decades and we hope to continue to serve for as long as our team is able. Help our small business stick around by voting for Dr. Bobbi Stanley in the Maggy Awards! Just one vote goes a long way.

 

 

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

The world right now is unfamiliar — for everyone. Stay-at-home mandates are canceling everything from major events like weddings, once-in-a-lifetime vacations, and graduation ceremonies to little things like dinners out, playdates, and birthday parties. No one has been left unaffected by COVID-19. As a state, as a country, and as a part of the world, we’re all fighting this thing together. Of course, the severity of which COVID-19 affects individuals varies. For some, the worst part about COVID-19 is that they have to stay at home to work. For others, the loss of a loved one makes COVID-19 a living nightmare. Somewhere in between those two are the people who have been laid off and have no way to support their families.

A host of healthcare companies are scrambling to find treatments that could save lives and halt the spread of COVID-19. The government has decided to pass the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history is an attempt to bolster the economy and assist those families who’ve seen a dramatic loss of income. There are a lot of wheels in motion above us but what can the everyday person do to help the situation? As a small business, we’ve felt firsthand the impact COVID-19 can have financially. For small businesses, COVID-19 can be detrimental but there are plenty of things communities can do to help the small businesses they love during these challenging times. Here are a few of the ways you can support small businesses during COVID-19:

Online Shopping

The most obvious way is also the easiest: online shopping. Many small businesses already have an online store set up, whether it’s through their normal website or on Etsy. A few of our favorite North Carolina Etsy stores include:

If you’re looking to support local Cary businesses, try:

A lot of larger businesses are running sales right now, trying to encourage a rise in online sales that can cover the cessation of their brick-and-mortar sales. Although they’re larger stores, it’s important to remember that a lot of normal, everyday people work for those larger companies. Corporations, after all, are made up of real people who also have families and lives. Some of these businesses offering special sales right now include:

Our own patient store is offering free shipping on $25 or more!

Buying Giftcards

It may take a little while, but COVID-19 will eventually be a thing of the past. When that time comes, you’ll need some make-up birthday, wedding, and shower gifts. Help out a small business by grabbing some gift cards so you can help support the employees who are struggling financially right now but still get the service you want (hairs, nails, etc.) later on.

A few local Cary businesses you can buy gift cards from include:

Supporting on Social Media

Supporting a small business on social media is an easy way to help organically spread a business’ reach. The more people who know about the business, the better the chance they have to come out of this pandemic with the ability to reopen their doors. Consider following or liking:

Watching Webinars

This is another fun and free way to keep small businesses on the map during the COVID-19 shutdown. Our office has been offering free online business courses for other dentists on how to keep their practice afloat through Stanley Institue. We’re also planning some informational webinars with the doctors so people can learn more about different procedures without having to come into our office.

A few of the local webinars our team has been keeping up with from home include:

Get Takeout

Tired of cooking? Being stuck in quarantine can quickly make you hate your kitchen. Luckily, a ton of restaurants that used to be dine-in only, have started offering curbside take-out or delivery. No matter what mood you’re in, there’s a local Cary restaurant that’ll cure your cravings! Here are some of our top picks:

We are open for emergencies and virtual consults

In response to the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, our office has decided to postpone all elective treatment until May 11th. Your health and wellness is always our number one priority. Elective treatment includes cleanings and new patient consultations. As always, we will still be open for emergencies and for major procedures that could not be rescheduled. We will also be conducting virtual consultations for people who would like to start their dental treatment while in the safety and comfort of their homes. Simply go to our Make an Appointment page and let us know that you’re interested in setting up virtual consultation. We will call you shortly to schedule.

Like our in-person consultations, our virtual consultations are 100% free. They offer patients some time with the doctors to ask questions about different procedures. The doctor may ask you to take some pictures of your smile so they can start putting together a customized treatment plan. Once our office opens back up, you can come in and immediately get started with whatever procedures the doctor has recommended.

Who should ask for a virtual consultation?

Unless you are experiencing an emergency, we recommend scheduling a virtual consultation at this time. We may not be able to give a diagnosis, but we will be able to answer some of your questions and begin your journey to a healthier, brighter smile. So many of our patients go into their first consultation thinking they need one thing and, after talking to the doctor, leave knowing they need something completely different. This virtual consultation is a time to clear the air and get both the patient and the doctor on the same page.

What platform are your virtual consultations on?

We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone. We’re more than willing to work with you when it comes to choosing a good platform for your virtual consultation. If you have an iPhone, we recommend using FaceTime. If that doesn’t work, we are open to using other platforms including Zoom and Skype.

We are also offering virtual consults that do not need to be scheduled. For these, you can simply send in a description of your smile along with a few pictures. One of our doctors will create a short video for you explaining a good course of treatment. If this style of consult interests you, please click here.

How do I schedule a virtual consultation?

This is the easy part! To schedule a virtual consultation with one of our doctors, you can either call 919-371-4454 or you can go to our Make an Appointment page and request one. We’ll handle it from there!

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.”

 

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.

GAME TIME!

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!

On Saturday October 1, Stanley Dentistry team members attended the 12th annual United Service Organizations of North Carolina (USO-NC) gala at Embassy Suites in Cary NC. This year is the 75th anniversary of USO-NC 

USO of NC was founded in 1941 and is the lead organization charged with supporting military servicemen and women in the state of North Carolina. Eleven percent of U.S. military active duty forces call North Carolina home. With seven major military installations, North Carolina has the fourth largest demographic of active and reserve duty components in the country.

The USO of NC has five centers in North Carolina. Three of NC’s centers are travel based at Raleigh Durham International Airport and Charlotte Douglas Airport, as well as the centers at Fort Bragg and Jacksonville, the oldest center in the United States. 

The evening’s notable guests included emcee Tisha Powell, from ABC-11, Senator Richard Burr, as well as, a Medal of Honor winner, Colonel Walter J. Marm and many distinguished members of the military. Country music singers Montgomery Gentry provided the evening’s live entertainment.

Stanley Dentistry has been an ardent supporter of the USO of North Carolina with programs such as the annual candy donation we facilitate through our candy buyback program. “The military is so important and is serving us around the clock. It’s nice to be able to show our appreciation”, said Dr. Bobbi Stanley. 

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