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COVID-19 UPDATE: Virtual Consultations

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!

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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

That time of the year is here again: Maggy Awards season! To vote for Dr. Bobbi for best dentist, go to bit.ly/vote-for-bobbi, go to the third page, and type in “Bobbi Stanley” under the dentist category.

Every year, our amazing patients come out in the hundreds to support Stanley Dentistry and Dr. Bobbi. We’ve won the competition numerous times in the past and we’d love to win it again this year! Show your love for the Stanley Dentistry family and give us a vote!

We hear a lot of questions about dental health from our patients: “How do I get rid of bad breath?”,“When do I need my wisdom teeth removed?”,“Will my veneers stain?” Those, we anticipate — we’re a dental office after all. We love helping patients understand their oral health better. What might be a little surprising is how often we hear insurance-based inquiries. “Are you in-network with (fill in the blank here)?” is undoubtedly the most frequently asked question in our office.

Patients assume that dental insurance is comparable to normal health insurance because there’s similar verbiage. Unfortunately, the two share very few similarities. This leads to a lot of confusion, hence the inundation of dental insurance questions we receive daily. We’re here to clear the air on what exactly dental insurance is and how it can both help (and hurt) your wallet.

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What is dental insurance?

With health insurance, you’re paying the insurance company to cover the costs of potential injuries, check-ups, etc. Health insurance has its own problems but it typically does cover at least part of big, medical expenditures.

Dental insurance does not. If you’re paying for dental insurance, you’re essentially paying for a dental coupon. You have a certain amount of money (typically $1000) that you can spend on dental care for the year. If you break a tooth and need immediate care but you’ve already spent that $1000, your dental insurance will not cover the treatment. To make matters worse, if you go all year and only spend $200 on dental care, the remaining $800 does not rollover. You lose all that money.

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Should I get dental insurance?

If dental insurance is one of your employment benefits, use it. Schedule your six-month wellness visits and don’t let it go to waste. If you don’t have dental insurance, consider paying out-of-pocket. We know that sounds scary but in the long run, you will save money. Dental insurance companies stay afloat because they rely on people’s ignorance. They know that most people don’t know how dental insurance works.

Want to learn more?

Follow these links to learn more about dental insurance:

If you’re considering paying out-of-pocket for your dental care, give us a call at 919-371-4454 . We’ll talk to you about our financing options and any and all available discounts.

Dr. Bobbi Stanley went into dentistry for one single reason: because she loved it. From a young age, she knew that dentistry was the only thing she could do for the rest of her life that would make her truly happy. Stanley Dentistry is the result of her and Dr. Rob Stanley‘s unparalleled passion for the dental field and, more importantly, their patients. Why does Dr. Bobbi Stanley love dentistry so much? Because she loves seeing patients leave the office with beautiful, pain-free smiles. For us, dentistry isn’t so much about teeth as it is about making people feel healthy, happy, and confident.

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What makes Stanley Dentistry different?

For the Stanley Dentistry team, we have a motto that we all live by: never compromise. When it comes to our patients, every Stanley Dentistry team member is focused on finding the best possible treatment plan for each unique individual. What works for one patient may not work for another which is why we give individualized attention. We believe that every trip to Stanley Dentistry should be stress-free, comfortable, and beneficial to the patient.

Our team is honest with their patients about every step of their treatment, including finances. If a patient cannot afford a certain service, we are always willing to find alternative solutions or set up a financing plan. Our slogan, Find Your Smile, is a constant goal at Stanley Dentistry. No matter what your circumstances, we want you to have the amazing smile you deserve.

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Our values

Going to the dentist isn’t exactly a fun experience. Lots of people dread going because they think it entails pain, anxiety, that gross “clinical” smell, and a lot of money. For a lot of dental offices, those fears are warranted. Luckily for our patients, we aren’t most dental offices.

Dr. Bobbi Stanley and Dr. Rob Stanley set out to make Stanley Dentistry a place where patients could feel comfortable, relaxed and well taken care of. We offer bluetooth headphones, warm blankets, and sessions in our in-office massage chair to make our patients feel like they’re at a five-star spa instead of a dental office. For patients with high anxiety, we have an array of sedation options to make each visit quick and painless.

Our team builds relationships with everyone who walks through the door not because they have to but because they want to. The Stanley Dentistry team believes that no one should have to ever “endure” a dental visit. Everyone deserves to come into a dental office that has a friendly, anxiety-free environment. We take the time to get to know you and what you value. After your first appointment, we make a point of taking those values into consideration during your following appointments.

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Changing lives one smile at a time

At the end of the day, Stanley Dentistry isn’t about fixing teeth. It’s about giving people back their self-confidence. It’s about taking the anxiety and pain out of going to the dentist. It’s about forming relationships with the people who care about your health.

If Stanley Dentistry feels like a good fit for you, set up an appointment today!

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.

 

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