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.”
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!
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 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.
No matter how good your oral hygiene routine is, chances are you’ve experienced bad breath (also known as halitosis) at least a few times in your life. Although no one wants to hear it, most everyone has the occasional burst of bad breath thanks to certain foods and less than perfect oral hygiene.
Occasional bad breath is one thing but chronic bad breath is completely different (and significantly worse). Chronic halitosis can lead to a sharp decrease in confidence and can easily ruin relationships. Fortunately, most people with bad breath have the ability to get rid of it themselves
80% of bad breath cases have an oral source which basically means they’re preventable. The other 20% of people most likely suffer from a disease that has bad breath as one of its symptoms. This includes diabetes, liver disease, chronic bronchitis and some forms of cancer.
While those causes of bad breath are harder to fight, the vast majority of people can easily prevent and treat bad breath. Forgetting to brush and floss regularly are the two main reasons why people have bad breath. When you neglect to brush or floss, bacteria in your mouth begin to breakdown leftover food particles. This breakdown releases sulfur compounds (aka really smelly stuff).
Consistent poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities and periodontal disease (gum disease) which, over time, increase the number of bacteria in the mouth. Visit the Stanley Dentistry office to make sure poor teeth and gum health isn’t causing your bad breath.
Another easy (or relatively easy) way to keep bad breath at bay is to throw away any and all tobacco products. Smoking isn’t just horrible for your teeth and gums in the long run (tooth loss, oral cancer, etc.), it can also cause more short-term problems like bad breath.
Smokers themselves usually can’t tell that their breath smells bad because they’re around the tobacco odor constantly. If you suspect you have bad breath related to smoking, try asking a friend or family member. They’ll be able to give you a more accurate answer.
Saliva is really good at keeping your mouth clean and bad-bacteria free. Without it, our gums and teeth would be doomed. If you don’t have enough saliva (aka chronic dry mouth), foul-smelling bacteria can begin to grow in places it normally wouldn’t, causing bad breath.
“Morning breath” is caused by a decrease in saliva that naturally happens at night. While this phenomenon is common, having a dry mouth throughout the day isn’t. If you’re drinking plenty of water and you still feel like your body isn’t producing enough saliva, come into the Stanley Dentistry office. There are a few different medications that could help your dry mouth and eradicate your bad breath. You can also order the Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse from our patient store.
If you wear dentures and have bad breath, take a closer look at how you’re cleaning your dentures. Because dentures sit in the mouth all day, they can store food particles and bacteria. This is why thoroughly cleaning them every night is an essential step to keeping them in good shape and keeping your mouth from smelling bad.
For denture cleaning, we recommend using the Polident 3-Minute Anti-Bacterial Denture Cleanser which you can buy in our patient shop.
Tonsils are little pieces of tissue in the back of the throat that catch and filter germs and bacteria. In modern times, they don’t do a whole lot of work. This is why a lot of people elect to have them removed. Still, most doctors won’t remove tonsils in adults unless there’s a serious reason (painful, persistent tonsillitis).
This means a lot of people still have their tonsils which means a lot of people have tonsil stones. When you’re eating, small pieces of food can become trapped in the crevices of the tonsils. This is especially true if you have irregularly shaped tonsils that are covered in numerous pockets and craters. Over time, the food particles break down, releasing a foul, sulfur smell. When removed from the tonsils, tonsil stones are typically small, white, and smelly.
Some people get tonsil stones and some people don’t. Unfortunately, there isn’t a tried-and-true way to keep tonsil stones at bay but there are a few methods that might work for you:
If you feel like you’re doing everything right but you’re still suffering from bad breath, make an appointment at Stanley Dentistry. Our dentists will examine your mouth, listen to your concerns, and give you a more accurate diagnosis.
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!
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.”
The smell of sunscreen and sounds of ocean waves are already on our minds! Many moms and dads are busy making summer plans. From camps to extra library trips, vacations, sleep overs and more…
Summer is a time to enjoy family and friends, and catch up on a little R&R. Don’t let your dental health interrupt fun plans! Keep these often overlooked healthy dental habits in mind this summer.
1. Schedule and keep dental appointments. Don’t let travel and other summer activities get in the way of your dental health. Make and keep appointments. Putting off routine visits or avoiding necessary procedures is not a good plan. Summer is a great time to take care of these appointments while children are out of school and parents may have more flexible time. And, if you plan to travel, make time for your dental appointments before you leave. Don’t get stuck with pain or unplanned procedures during your vacation.
Regular dental exams include more than just your teeth, but your gums, tongue, lips, throat, and jaw as well. Regular cleanings help to prevent gum disease, maintain good health, keep your teeth healthy and strong, and to detect problems early. Patients who frequently visit the dentist are less likely to need invasive procedures done such as tooth extractions and root canals. Regular dental cleanings also help you keep your beautiful smile, a professional cleaning helps remove stains, plaque buildup, and tartar that cannot be addressed at home.
2. Remember to brush after eating sweet treats. You may be on summer break but your teeth are not! Don’t take a day off from good oral hygiene. Excessive sugar consumption during holidays and summer break can add up. Take time to brush after enjoying sweet summer treats like ice cream, freezer pops, soda and sports drinks…and be sure to floss daily.
3. Water, water…Stay hydrated! Hot and humid weather makes us want more and more to drink. Replace sugary drinks with sugar-free alternatives and especially water. Paying close attention to water intake will not only help prevent dehydration, but can also contribute to better overall health. The summer is a great time to start drinking more water every day. Try keeping a log, or making it a family goal with a fun chart to track water intake.
4. Protect your grill! Whether mountain biking, roller skating, or enjoying other sports, consider wearing a mouth guard when participating in high impact activities and contact sports. Laugh now, and thank us later!
5. Apply SPF. Don’t forget your lips when applying sunscreen to your face. Lips often burn and chap from sun exposure during summer months. Protect your lips with sunscreen or a lip balm containing SPF.
6. Get a second opinion. If a dental procedure has been recommended for you, you may want to consider scheduling a consultation or second opinion with us. Both are complimentary at Stanley Dentistry.
Our Cary, North Carolina family dentist office offers the latest, most advanced dental technology and the best patient amenities in the Triangle. We want to provide a relaxing and comfortable environment for our patients whether here for a dental exam and professional cleaning or a more complex dental procedure. We guarantee that your dental experience at Stanley Dentistry will be unlike any other.
But, don’t just take our word for it. See what Stanley Dentistry patients have to say. Or see our work for yourself in our smile gallery. Sometimes images are more powerful than words, especially when you have the opportunity to view before and after photos side by side. In the Smile Gallery you can browse our recent work and see real life results of how our cosmetic and restorative dentistry changed the smiles of our patients.
Tax time is almost here but many have already filed and are receiving their tax refunds. Often the temptation is great to buy a new purse or some shoes you had your eye on. But, the truth is that your very best accessory is your smile! While a trendy bag may instill confidence for a season or two, a fabulous smile can last a lifetime!
In addition to keeping your mouth clean, regular hygiene visits are necessary for better overall health. In recent years dozens of scientific studies have been published on the oral/systemic health connection. Links are being shown between poor oral health and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and even pregnancy complications.
Stanley Dentistry is a comprehensive family dentist in Cary NC. We can help improve your smile using the latest in dental care and techniques. From cosmetic procedures to oral surgery, we are here to help you have the smile you deserve!
A smile makeover can be minimally invasive, can be done in as little as one appointment, are relatively pain free and make a BIG difference for your smile, health and well-being. Options can include:
A whiter, brighter smile can illuminate your entire face. Teeth whitening services in Cary NC include take-home whitening, Zoom and KoR. Stanley Dentistry offers a complimentary in-office whitening consult. At the appointment, you and your dentist can decide on which method of whitening is best for you based on your oral health and desired aesthetic outcome.
Dr. Bobbi Stanley is a premiere provider of Invisalign and offers traditional braces as well. Treatment time can range from as little as six months with either service, depending on your specific case. Both adults and children may benefit from orthodontics. Dr. Stanley is pleased to offer a complimentary consult in her Cary NC dental practice to determine if Invisalign or traditional braces might be right for you or your child/teen.
Prepless veneers do not “prep” or alter the tooth structure like a traditional dental crowns or veneers, therefore the entire process can be reversed. A thin veneer material is bonded to your tooth for a perfect smile! The consultation is offered at no charge and can be scheduled by contacting us.
Have you ever noticed that your smile looks gummy? Would you like to ditch your gummy smile for a sexy smile that shows more of your hidden tooth structure? We use laser contouring to reveal your natural teeth and effectively raise your gumline for a more natural looking smile with aesthetic crown lengthening. The consult with Dr. Robert Stanley is free and he is currently accepting new patients.
Sometimes referred to as your “3rd set of teeth”, dental implants can correct diseased, damaged or missing teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth or need upper and lower teeth, our team can help! Dr. Robert Stanley relies on his background as an engineer and dentist to provide fully guided implant surgery in Cary NC. After precise placement of top of the line implants, a crown (or tooth) is delivered. While many are running all over town to have one dental specialist place the implant and a separate dentist restore it (or put a crown on the implant), we use the same team under one roof for the best results in implant dentistry. Dental implants improve your smile and improve your overall health. We offer a complimentary consultation but appointments are limited.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and get started on your smile investment!