We know no one enjoys filling out paperwork, but in any medical environment, all those questions about your medications and medical history are incredibly important. Most people acknowledge that they need to fill out paperwork at places like their GP or orthopedic, but at dental offices, paperwork is often left ignored and unfinished. Because people typically come to the dentist twice a year, it can feel more routine than going to other medical offices. This translates to people not feeling the need to mention things like new medications or recent surgeries. Your teeth don’t have much to do with the rest of your body, right? In reality, your overall health has a strong impact on the health of your teeth and gums. Even small changes to your medical history can impact how we approach your dental treatment options.
Almost all medications — even over-the-counter drugs — come with long lists of side effects. Most decongestants and many antihistamines can severely reduce saliva production. Saliva helps keep your teeth “clean” in-between brushing by washing away harmful bacteria. If we know that you’re on a medication that affects saliva production, we can take some proactive measures to ensure your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible.
Some other medications that may affect your saliva production include painkillers, diuretics, and antidepressants. If you’re taking any kind of medication regularly, make sure your dentist knows — even if you don’t think it’s affecting your teeth or mouth directly. With anything medical, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Your mouth is a gateway for harmful bacteria, allowing them to easily move from your teeth and gums to affect the rest of your body. Poor oral health can exacerbate, and even cause, certain conditions, including endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. Letting your dentist know about your health conditions — including your family’s health history — is vital. If endocarditis runs in your family, your dentist may recommend coming in for three or four cleanings a year instead of two, just to make sure there are no bacteria that can wind up near your heart.
Your oral health can also impact pregnancy. Recent studies link periodontal disease to low birth weights and premature births. We typically recommend that pregnant women come in for cleanings every three months instead of every six months if they’re struggling with their gum health.
Other conditions that relate to your oral health include diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis. These illnesses can make the mouth more susceptible to gum disease, mucosal lesions, and tooth loss respectively. The best way to keep yourself healthy is to tell your dentist exactly what sort of conditions you have so they can create a treatment plan that works for you.
Surgeries and injuries — on any part of the body — can affect oral surgeries and treatments. At our office, we approach every case with individual, personalized care. If we don’t know your medical history, we could make a mistake. Keep us in the loop on any and all changes by filling out all requested paperwork and talking to your dentist while you’re in the office. We want every visit to our office to be beneficial and worthwhile to you but for that to be possible, we need your help.
“Hi, Dr. Bobbi Stanley here at Stanley Dentistry. Have you thought about whitening, but you’re a little bit confused about your options? Well, let me tell you a little bit about your professional options here at Stanley Dentistry.
There are three types of whitening options here. There’s a take-home tray you can use at home to whiten your teeth. There’s an in-office whitening that’s fairly popular and quick. And there’s one that’s a really deep, powerful whitening.
The take-home whitening is simple. You have a little tray, you put whitening solution in, and you put it in your mouth — daytime or nighttime. You wear it for a short while, your teeth whiten. Oftentimes, patients want more than that and they want it faster. So, in one short hour, we can do Zoom! Whitening here in the office, in the chair, and we can get you a bright, white smile. Then you just need to do touch-ups at home from time to time.
But, if you want a powerful, deep whitening, you need KöR whitening. For whitening is the newest version of whitening that helps to whiten deeper and to get the teeth that are really challenging to whiten. It’s really simple. It’s an in-office and at-home technique. So, if you’re considering whitening, please come to see us today at Stanley Dentistry so we can talk about your options.”
This is one of the most commonly asked questions we hear in regards to in-office whitening. Any kind of effective whitening treatment (even those you can buy at the supermarket) unfortunately isn’t going to be particularly cheap. The more important question to ask is how white do you want your smile to be and for how long. The whitening products you can buy at the store are the weakest when it comes to their ability to whiten stained teeth. Many of them are also difficult to use and can give people only temporary results. While there are people who swear by whitening strips and whitening toothpaste, we’ve seen many more who are disappointed by the lackluster results. If store-bought whitening kits just aren’t doing the trick, in-office whitening is the answer.
Our take-home whitening is the weakest and least expensive option. It’s stronger than what you can get in a store but it’s not as strong as our two in-office treatments: Zoom! and KöR. Zoom! is more budget-friendly than KöR but it isn’t quite as strong. KöR is the most expensive and most powerful option. It’s for people who have deep-rooted staining that other whitening methods cannot remove.
As with everything in our office, you can finance your whitening treatments. You can learn more about our financing options here.
Another common question we hear with whitening patients is “does it hurt?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer to that question. For many people, Zoom! and KöR whitening treatments are 100% pain-free. For others (particularly those who have sensitive teeth), the in-office portion of the whitening can be a little uncomfortable, both during and after treatment. Some patients report feeling “zingers” — sporadic bolts of pain in their teeth — for a few weeks or months post-whitening.
If you have very sensitive teeth, I would recommend trying some store-bought options first before venturing to in-office whitening treatments. Store-bought whitening options aren’t as strong as in-office treatments and will not cause as much discomfort.
We ask that all of our whitening patients first come in for a complimentary consultation to go over the different options and see which one would work best for them. After that consultation, they can get started on their treatment. Zoom! is a series of twenty-minute whitening sessions. Most patients are in and out within a couple of hours. KöR uses both in and out of office methods so the process does take a little longer. If you want to get whitening done for a big event, make sure to get into our office for a consultation as soon as you can so we can set up your treatment appointment(s)!
Live in the Cary, North Carolina area and want to try professional, in-office whitening? Give us a call at (919) 460-9665 to set up your first appointment. We’ll see you soon!
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
The contest runs from now till June 30th. We will contact the randomly-chosen winner on June 30th.
Want to learn a little more about veneers before entering our contest? Here are some helpful links:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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.”