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.
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.
“Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
Dental bonding (also called “tooth bonding”) is the practice of using soft composite resin to fix minor chips or cracks on teeth. The composite resin is pliable, allowing the doctor to mold it into any shape and polish it to any shade. Once the doctor is happy with the resin, they can use a light to “set” the bonding, hardening it.
In cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Bobbi and Dr. Minka mostly use dental bonding to repair chipped teeth and spacing problems. If someone has a gap between their teeth, dental bonding is a great way to close the space without using orthodontic measures.
We also use composite resin to fill cavities. This gives them a more natural look than silver fillings.
Dental bonding is completely painless. You won’t need any anesthesia.
Dental bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry services, which is partly why it’s so popular. Dentists who are trying to cut corners use dental bonding for things they shouldn’t, like veneers. Dental bonding is cheap but, like most things in life, you get what you pay for. The composite resin that dentists use in dental bonding isn’t particularly strong. It cracks and breaks fairly easily — especially if you have an inexperienced doctor.
Veneers are expensive for a reason — they look amazing and they’re very strong. Most patients forget they have porcelain veneers over their teeth within a few weeks. They’re low maintenance and frequently last over a decade. Veneers can chip or fall off, but with modern advances, that’s fairly rare.
Dental bonding, on the other hand, isn’t half as strong and doesn’t look half as good. For small cracks or gaps between teeth, dental bonding is perfect. That’s what dentists created it for. It was never meant to be a way to cover the tooth entirely. Dental bonding is for fixing small imperfections.
Composite resin can’t get as thin as porcelain can. This means that, if you get dental bonding veneers, your dentist will have to shave off a large amount of enamel, reducing your natural tooth size by about half. When the dental bonding cracks or falls off in a few years, you’ll be left with stubs for teeth. Take our advice and stay far, far away from dental bonding veneers.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if you have dental insurance, the best way to save yourself a lot of money is to remember the “use it or lose it” principle. Every year, we run a campaign encouraging our patients to schedule their cleanings, fillings, and other dental services before the end of the year, since dental insurance doesn’t rollover. If patients don’t use the amount allocated by their insurance by the end of the year, they lose that money.
August probably seems a little early to begin thinking about the end of the year but schedules fill up quickly. Back-to-school is just around the corner and before you know it, the holidays will be here. Evade the unnecessary anxiety by scheduling early and using your dental insurance before it’s too late.
Dental insurance is an overly complicated web of unnecessary rules, insane numbers, and fine print. Very few of our patients truly understand how it works since the insurance companies do their best to keep anyone and everyone in the dark. They want their policyholders “out of the know” because that often means making more money. If you don’t know how something works, you won’t notice when the system cheats you.
In dental insurance, that cheat is losing the services you already paid for at the end of each calendar year. In a typical dental insurance plan, you probably get the following:
If you only get one cleaning in May and don’t go in for another one six months later, you lose the money you paid to the insurance company. The insurance company is happy because you paid them for a cleaning that they never had to cover. If you try to go in for a cleaning in January to use one of your two cleanings from the previous year, you’ll just end up using money from your current annual plan instead.
It is never a good idea to sit on needed dental work. Many serious operations, from knee replacement to open-heart surgery, require dental clearance so it’s best to stay abreast of any dental concerns. Of course, that isn’t always easy and we understand that. A lot of people push dentist visits to the back burner because of financial concerns. If you need a lot of treatment, it can get expensive.
The thing is, a lot of our patients come into the office for the first time not knowing that their insurance will cover the majority of their treatment. They assume that insurance won’t cover things like fillings, crowns, or oral cancer screenings when in reality, they will. If you haven’t already gone past your limit for the year, many dental insurance companies will cover a variety of services.
The best way to know what your dental insurance covers is to come into the office and meet with our insurance experts. They’ll give you a complimentary insurance check to see what insurance will and won’t cover.
If you have a dental insurance plan, you’ve already paid for regular visits to the dentist. You’ve already paid for the occasional filling or crown. Isn’t it better to schedule those appointments and effectively use that money instead of allowing the dental insurance companies to scam you out of hundreds of dollars?
We hear this a lot: “What’s the point of cosmetic dentistry?” For some, it seems like an unnecessary luxury. Things like fillings and root canals fight infection but veneers are “just for looks.” With this sort of thinking, cosmetic dentistry becomes a waste of money. If it doesn’t treat something that’s wrong, what’s the point?
People who assume that cosmetic dentistry doesn’t treat anything aren’t taking into consideration every aspect of the term “health.” Root canals and fillings treat infection but health is not just the absence of infection. According to the World Health Organization, health is “complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” To put it in our context, cosmetic dentistry treats mental health.
We’re not trying to say that cosmetic dentistry will cure someone’s depression or bipolar disorder. Mental health disorders are affected by a variety of factors, some of which only medicine can fix.
However, for people who have low self-confidence because of a gap in their teeth or because of their dark gums, cosmetic dentistry can help. Feeling good about yourself both inside and out is an important part of mental health. We all want to be confident with how we look but sometimes, we need an extra boost. For some, that means getting a new wardrobe or some hair dye. For others, that means going to a cosmetic dentist.
It’s not a matter of vanity — it’s about fixing something that you’ve disliked for years and years. Some of our patients have hidden their smiles for their whole lives because they’ve felt so embarrassed. If there’s a way to alleviate them of that feeling, is it wrong to want to take it?
Getting cosmetic dentistry isn’t about wanting to impress people or flaunting high status. When you really look into why people get cosmetic dentistry, it’s because they want to feel better about themselves. They want to stop worrying about that stain or crack on their front tooth. They’re tired of hiding their smile when they know they should be showing it off.
No one should go through life struggling with their confidence because of their teeth. There are so many options in cosmetic dentistry that make getting treatment easy and affordable. Don’t let something like a crooked tooth or a gummy smile keep you from feeling and looking your best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!