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.
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.”
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:
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.
“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.”
Veneers are the crowning achievement of the cosmetic dentistry world. They can transform almost any smile, making them brighter, symmetrical, and more resistant to tooth decay. Porcelain veneers, compared to composite veneers, are long-lasting, stain-resistant, and look spectacular. Besides the fact that veneers are more expensive than whitening or bonding, there really isn’t a downside to them. I recommend them to anyone who’s struggled with their smile confidence in the past or for anyone who’s tried other cosmetic dentistry services with little success. I’ve already listed a few of the reasons why I think veneers are the best of the best but here are the top five reasons why you should consider getting veneers:
Prior to a veneers delivery, we numb the mouth (we can also use stronger sedation if the patient chooses) to make the procedure as painless and easy for the patient as possible. Depending on the case, the procedure may take thirty minutes to a little over an hour to complete. For no-prep veneers, the procedure is especially fast since they don’t require any prep.
If you already have a lot of dental decay, veneers will not fix the decay. You need to speak with your dentist and make sure you get any necessary fillings, root canals, or extractions before going in for a veneers consultation. It is very important to remember that veneers are strictly cosmetic.
With that being said, properly placed veneers do make your teeth more decay-resistant. Because there is very little of your tooth’s natural surface available for bacteria to cling to, the likelihood of getting a cavity on the teeth that are covered with veneers is slim.
What makes a beautiful smile? A lot of factors go into perfecting a smile like shade, shape, and, perhaps most importantly, symmetry. Because your smile is often times the first thing people notice when they look at you, little inconsistencies in the gum line or the tooth shape can register as particularly noticeable. Veneers are a quick and easy way to get a symmetrical smile in just a couple of appointments. We’ll take a few scans of your smile and make a set of temporary veneers, to ensure that the fit and symmetry is perfect. If you don’t like the way the temporary veneers look, we can make a new set. Once you’re in love with your new smile, we’ll get the permanent veneers made.
Another important aspect of smile design is shade. With veneers, you can choose exactly what shade you want, from Hollywood white to a more natural color. We typically recommend a shade that will blend in with the appearance of your other teeth (the ones that are not covered with veneers) but at the end of the day, the choice is yours.
Porcelain veneers are less porous than natural teeth so they’re slower to stain. We also coat the veneers in a thin layer of stain-resistant resin that helps keep your veneers bright and white for longer.
Veneers don’t last forever but they do last a pretty long time. Thanks to modern lab methods, porcelain veneers are stronger and more resilient than ever. With proper care and maintenance, your veneers should last around twenty-five years. When your veneers start to look discolored or begin to crack, it may be time to look into getting a new set. By that time, we’ll probably have some new technology that makes veneers even easier to make and wear!
Depending on your budget, veneers can be expensive which is why we offer interest-free financing options. You can pay for your veneers over an extended period of time to ensure they don’t impact your regular finances.
So it happened: while you were eating, talking, or even sleeping, one of your porcelain veneers managed to fall completely off. Since a veneer looks an awful lot like a tooth, your first instinct is to panic. After closer inspection, you realize that it’s just one of your veneers…which then brings you to the question of what to do next. A veneer falling off isn’t as urgent an emergency as an actual tooth falling out but it can still be quite alarming and, if the veneer was on one of your front teeth, it can mean keeping your smile under lock and key. As your cosmetic dentist, that’s the last thing I want to see happen.
If your veneer falls off, the next step is easy: call us. If our office isn’t open, we will schedule you for the first time slot available when it reopens. We’ll re-cement the veneer for free and do some tests to see why the veneer might have fallen off.
Veneers are the crowning achievement of cosmetic dentistry but they are not without fault. As with almost everything in life, they carry with them both pros and cons. A serious con of veneers is the fact that, occasionally, they do fall off. The cement we use to attach the veneer to the tooth is not meant to be a permanent binder since most people who get veneers will want to replace them in a decade or so. Veneers have to be removable. This, unfortunately, means that, when they encounter an excess of pressure, they can come off.
The trick to getting veneers to stay on is all in how they’re shaped and how they’re placed. We look at a patient’s occlusion (how their top and bottom teeth come together) in order to determine the best techniques to use for that individual. Everyone’s bite is different so there is no one-size-fits-all solution. There is, however, a lot of cutting edge technology that can help us understand your unique dental pressure points. That tech can dramatically lower the chances of a veneer falling off.
Recently, we bought a new device called a Tek-Scan that can detect the slightest inconsistencies in a patient’s bite. With this equipment, we hope to see fewer and fewer patients come in with detached veneers.
If a veneer falls off while you are eating or talking, there is a chance you may accidentally break the veneer. If that happens, call us immediately. With broken veneers, we can temporarily fix them but, in the longterm, we will need to reevaluate your bite and order a new veneer. Once the new veneer comes in, we’ll re-cement it and you’ll be on your way!
When a dentist bonds and crafts veneers correctly, they are quite strong. Although dental labs make veneers out of porcelain, they are far from fragile. If your veneers are frequently falling off or breaking, it probably has something to do with how the veneers were bonded — or how they’re reacting to your unique bite. Both of these problems require a trip to the dentist.
Very rarely do veneers fall off because of something the patient does, though, it occasionally does happen. Typically, the patient is biting directly into something hard, like an apple or some ice. Other times, it’s because the patient wasn’t able to give up a bad habit like smoking (which causes irreversible dental damage) or biting their nails.
Taking care of your veneers is not hard. It’s mostly just common sense. When you get them, we’ll give you a list of some simple dos and don’ts. If you follow those, you should be fine.
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!
What do all celebrities have in common (beyond flat tummies and great bone structure)? Perfect smiles. You may not notice it immediately, but the vast majority of on-camera celebs have stellar smiles. You’re probably more likely to notice when a celebrity doesn’t have such a nice smile; in a sea of pearly whites, they’re a lot more obvious. Take a look at Steve Buscemi’s smile if you don’t believe us.
So, how do the vast majority of celebs, from Matt Damon to Emma Watson, achieve such perfect teeth? One word: veneers. Cosmetic dentistry (veneers and no-prep veneers in particular) is the only sure-fire way to get a Hollywood-level smile. In the 80s and 90s, veneers were incredibly popular because they could give most anyone a perfect smile in only a few dental appointments. Their popularity tapered off in the 00s until a recent rise in interest in veneers thanks to Hollywood’s influence. More and more people are beginning to see just how transformative veneers can be — for celebs and non-celebs alike.
Veneers are thin porcelain overlays that sit on top of your teeth. Dentists make them custom for every patient so the shape, size, and shade are totally up to the patient. In order for veneers to fit over the teeth, dentists have to shave off a very small part of the natural enamel (this is called “prepping”). Because so many patients were turned-off of getting prepped veneers, dentists recently developed no-prep veneers which are thinner and can fit over un-prepped teeth. If you ever get tired of no-prep veneers, a dentist can easily remove them, revealing undamaged teeth underneath.
Just in our office, the introduction of no-prep veneers saw a huge rise in patients who were interested in getting veneers. With no-preps, you can get that perfect Hollywood smile without committing to veneers for life.
Veneers aren’t right for everyone — at least, not at first. Some people come into our office wanting that classic Hollywood smile but they have tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Bobbi could easily place veneers over decay and disease (like some dentists do) but she doesn’t since that frequently creates a host of problems for the patient. Instead, she treats any underlying infection before crafting and placing the veneers. We want our patients to have beautiful and healthy smiles.
Come in for a free consultation to see if veneers are right for you!