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.”
The question every parent dreads to ask: will my child need braces? In the United States, the answer will probably be “yes”. The vast majority of pediatric patients in our office undergo some kind of orthodontics in order to create straighter, more symmetrical smiles. A straighter smile isn’t just cosmetic though — dental misalignment frequently equates to more cavities and more worries down the road. If you’ve noticed some misalignment in the way your child’s adult teeth are coming in, your dentist will most likely recommend that they get braces in a few years. Braces will definitely straighten a smile but, if your child is below the age of ten, there is another option that will help them achieve a straighter smile (for less money). It’s called HealthyStart.
HealthyStart is a relatively new pediatric orthodontic device but thousands of dental offices across the country have found a lot of success with it. The device works by correcting dental misalignment as it’s happening instead of after the fact. Braces are (sometimes) bulky, uncomfortable, and must be worn for so long because they’re fixing something that is already faulty. HealthyStart, on the other hand, keeps dental misalignment from ever happening by guiding developing teeth into the correct position over time.
HealthyStart was invented not as a way to help kids bypass braces but as a solution to the dreaded Sleep Disordered Breathing (SLB) diagnosis. Your child may have SLB (also known as a blocked pediatric airway) if they are:
SLB is essentially sleep apnea for kids. At night, their airway is becoming blocked — either by something (frequently enlarged tonsils) or by the natural way their mouth is developing. When the airway becomes blocked, the body attempts to wake up. Even if your child doesn’t remember waking up numerous times throughout the night, his or her body does. Constantly waking up inhibits the body from getting through a full sleep cycle. As adults, that isn’t especially dangerous. For kids, it can be.
Kids need sleep in order to grow and develop correctly. Without it, your child can suffer from cognitive and physical development deficiencies. So, how do you fix SLB? First, visit an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor. They will examine your child and see if they need to have their tonsils removed. If the ENT decides the tonsils don’t need to be removed (or if the tonsils are removed and the symptoms continue) it’s time to head to the dentist.
Not all dentists offer HealthyStart or have any idea what SDB is. The vast majority of dentists will say that your child will outgrow the snoring and teeth-grinding (which they will after the effects have already been felt). They’ll tell you to come back in a few years for braces. At our office, we’ll offer you a free HealthyStart consultation.
The actual HealthyStart device is made of a soft, comfortable plastic that’s easy to wear. Kids only have to put it in at night and for one or two hours during the day so it’s not like braces in that it can easily be removed (similar to an Invisalign tray). The device helps position the mouth and jaw at the correct angle so the child can breathe better at night. As the child’s teeth begin to grow in, the device guides them and keeps them straight. At our office, we do regular check-ups on HealthyStart patients to make sure everything is developing as it should. As the child grows, we take new scans and have new, custom HealthyStart devices made (also similar to the Invisalign system).
From start to finish, HealthyStart does take a while to complete. Your child may be wearing the nighttime device till they are twelve or thirteen. After that, they made need a retainer to keep the teeth as straight as possible. In severe misalignment cases, a year or two of braces may be required. Without HealthyStart, those kids would need 5+ years in traditional orthodontics.
The best way to know if HealthyStart will help your child is to bring them in for an exam. There are a lot of obvious symptoms of SDB but there is no way to firmly diagnose it just from reading an article and looking at your child’s teeth. Schedule an appointment (virtual or in-person) at Stanley Dentistry to find out how HealthyStart can change your child’s life.
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!
Millions of people snore. You may snore, and (if you’re unlucky) your partner may snore. Because snoring is so common, people just accept it. No one finds it odd if they or someone they know snores. Sometimes it’s a symptom of sleep apnea but, in a lot of cases, it’s completely harmless — if not a little annoying. Chances are, if you’re snoring, there’s nothing wrong. However, if your child is snoring, you should be concerned.
Snoring in children is a strong sign of a blocked pediatric airway — which is about as dangerous as it sounds. Because children’s mouths and throats aren’t finished developing, their airway can be small and crowded. Everything from allergies to oversized tonsils to misaligned teeth can cause the airway to become blocked — especially at night. As with sleep apnea in adults, a blocked pediatric airway keeps kids from getting a full night’s rest. A lack of sleep in children can cause developmental problems, ADHD-like symptoms, and struggles in school.
Even though it appears that they’re sleeping, because their airway is intermittently being cut off, their brain will not allow them to go into a deep, restful sleep. Our bodies are smart. If they think something is wrong, they’re going to encourage us to stay awake and find a solution. The thing is, with a blocked pediatric airway, there’s nothing a child can do to fix it. It isn’t related to the position they’re sleeping in or how many hours they spend in front of a blue-light computer. Fixing a pediatric airway can be tricky because the origin of the problem can be manifold. To help you get a better idea of what may be causing your child to snore at night, we’ll go over some of the most common reasons.
As simple and silly as it sounds, a dust-covered stuffed animal could be causing your child’s pediatric airway to become blocked. Allergies in children are getting worse and worse but a lot of concerned parents seem to focus solely on addressing food allergies, completely ignoring airborne allergies.
Seasonal allergies and allergies related to dust can cause kids’ noses to become clogged. This forces them to breathe through their mouths. Not only is mouth-breathing uncomfortable, but it’s also detrimental to a developing child’s health. If a child breathes through their mouth for a long time, it can affect how their face, mouth, and throat develop.
This is where the snoring comes in. Long-term mouth breathers begin snoring because their mouths (from their teeth to their palate) are developing in an abnormal way. What’s the best way to keep this from happening? Try some over-the-counter allergy pills that are safe for kids. If your child is still snoring, go to an allergy specialist to see if a prescription-strength antihistamine might work a little better.
Tonsils are (typically) small masses of soft tissue that reside at the back of the throat. At one time, they helped catch harmful germs and bacteria from entering the body. Today, most doctors agree that they’re pretty much useless. In some cases, they’re actually harmful, causing painful infections (tonsilitis). Tonsilitis is especially prevalent in children which is why many kids get their tonsils removed.
The adenoids are very similar to the tonsils but are located a little further back, just behind the nose. These germ-catching patches of soft tissue are harder to see but your doctor should be able to tell if they’re enlarged. Adenoid removal is a little less common than tonsil removal since they’re typically less of a nuisance.
If the tonsils or the adenoids are too big (which happens frequently), they can fall backward while a child is sleeping, covering the airway. To see if this is the root of your child’s blocked pediatric airway, visit an ear, nose, and throat specialist and ask them to take a closer look. They should be able to quickly tell if the tonsils and/or adenoids are at the root of your child’s snoring habit.
Kids’ mouths look a lot different than adult mouths so sometimes parents don’t know if their kids’ teeth are coming in correctly or not. They may take them to a dentist but, chances are, the dentist won’t mention misaligned teeth or an abnormal palate. They’ll check for cavities but most dentists have no clue what a blocked pediatric airway is. They’ll tell the parents that the child will need braces later on and they’ll leave it at that. Unfortunately, that doesn’t even begin to start to solve the problem.
Dentists don’t learn about the pediatric airway in dental school. They have to go to continuing education classes which isn’t something a lot of dentists look forward to doing. If you suspect your child’s blocked pediatric airway is coming from a crowded mouth or misaligned teeth, mention the term “blocked pediatric airway” to your dentist. If they give you a confused look, it might be time to start searching for a new dentist.
A blocked pediatric airway caused by allergies or tonsils is easy to treat. With mouth or palate development, things can get a little trickier. Once again, if your dentist isn’t familiar with the blocked pediatric airway, chances are they’ll recommend that your child get braces in a few years. Parents who have a child who is snoring shouldn’t have to wait a few years to see a change.
That’s why we started offering the revolutionary orthodontic device, HealthyStart, at our office. HealthyStart is the best way to correct misaligned teeth and open up the pediatric airway for kids who are snoring at night. The soft plastic device is custom-made and fits comfortably in the child’s mouth at night. As the child’s mouth continues developing, the HealthyStart device will act as a guide, encouraging normal, healthy growth. By the end of the HealthyStart program, your child will no longer be snoring and will have straight teeth (without braces!)
Interested in hearing more about HealthyStart? Schedule a free consultation with me to talk about your options. We’ll go over HealthyStart and how it could help change your child’s life for the better.
Are you looking for a good pediatric dentist in the Cary or Raleigh area? The area is so inundated with dental offices that it can seem like an impossible mission to find a dentist who’s a good fit for both you and your kids. At Stanley Dentistry, we specialize in taking care of all your dental needs for every member of your family, no matter how young or old. We offer everything from general dentistry (cleanings, fillings, sealants, etc.) and orthodontics (HealthyStart, braces, Invisalign) to oral surgery (wisdom teeth removal, dental implants) and cosmetic dentistry (dental bonding, whitening).
Unlike most offices, we don’t refer out for the vast majority of procedures — we can do almost everything in-house. This means you and your children won’t have to juggle going to numerous different offices to get the dental work you need done. It also means our team can get to know your family both as patients and as people.
Dr. Bobbi Stanley has twenty-five years of experience treating patients of all ages. She’s seen thousands of patients grow up, staying their sole dental provider throughout orthodontics and wisdom teeth. If there’s ever something Dr. Bobbi doesn’t feel comfortable doing, we have three other highly trained dentists in the office who can take on any ache or ailment you or your family may have.
Stanley Dentistry isn’t a pediatric dentist — it’s actually much more than that. Although Dr. Bobbi and Dr. Minka see kids as young as one year old, they see adult patients too. When you bring your kids to an office that’s solely pediatric, you’re introducing them to an office, a dentist, and a hygienist that they won’t get the opportunity to truly know. By the time they’re ten to twelve, you’ll have to move them to a different office with a whole different staff. When they need braces, you’ll have to find an orthodontist to bring them to. If they need their wisdom teeth removed, that’s another office added to the list. Going to the dentist isn’t a fun experience. Don’t make it any harder on your kids by constantly uprooting them right when they’re getting comfortable with an office.
Knowing the staff and the office can make a huge impact on how good or bad your dental visit is. At Stanley Dentistry, we want all of our patients (especially the little ones!) to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We take the time to remember the names and lives of every single one of our patients since, to us, they’re like family.
The keys to making your child comfortable at the dentist are consistency and timing. We recommend that parents bring their children into the office when they’re one year old or when their first tooth comes in (usually, those two are simultaneous). During this first appointment, either Dr. Bobbi or Dr. Minka will take a look at the child’s mouth to see if there are any abnormalities. They’ll also check to make sure your child’s baby teeth are healthy and clean. Once your child has a few teeth (around age three or four), they will clean their teeth as well.
Parents rarely think about or understand the importance of early pediatric appointments. We see tons of kids for the first time when they’re five or six because their parents didn’t think babies or toddlers needed to go to the dentist. We’d rather see them later than never but all parents should know that babies do indeed need to visit the dentist. Along with checking for problems, these early appointments help make kids more comfortable with going to and seeing the dentist. In the longterm, this will make for adults with a healthier, cleaner smile and less dental-related anxiety.
Schedule an appointment at Stanley Dentistry to see firsthand how we do pediatrics better! Our office offers “Mommy/Daddy & Me Dental Visits” where both parent and child can get their teeth cleaned in one easy, fast appointment!
If you’re a parent, you know that you don’t have to ask the question “when will my baby’s teeth come in?” The exponential increase in crying fits and sleepless nights will let you know. Teething isn’t a comfortable experience for babies but it is a necessary one. As a child’s baby teeth start coming in, parents can begin to give them solid foods, weaning them off milk. This helps them get the nutrients they need to kickstart a few growth spurts. Getting teeth after a baby’s first birthday is an important milestone in their development to toddler-hood.
But baby teeth aren’t just for chewing animal crackers and apple slices. Making sure your child’s baby teeth are healthy can mean the difference between a straighter smile later in life or years of orthodontics. Typically, we recommend that parents bring their baby to the dentist for the first time when the child turns one (or when the parents notice the child’s first tooth). This ensures that the child is comfortable at the dentist and allows the doctor to check for any abnormalities. Parents who neglect to bring their child in early risk leaving curable problems untreated.
An astounding number of parents don’t understand the significance of helping their children brush and take care of their teeth at a young age. Encouraging good oral hygiene early helps kids develop healthy habits that’ll last their whole lives. As dentists, we see firsthand that people who don’t take care of their teeth pay the price. Cavities can quickly become tooth decay and tooth loss if left unchecked. No parent should want their child to go through an unnecessary amount of pain because of something that’s preventable.
Surprisingly, though, that’s not the only reason you should make sure your child’s baby teeth are healthy. If your child’s baby teeth begin to decay, your dentist will not fill them like they would normal cavities. Since baby teeth are so small and temporary, the dentist will pull them instead. While it’s good choice to pull those teeth (to get the decay out of your child’s mouth), it can make for a rocky road when your child’s adult teeth begin to come in. Baby teeth act as essential guides for adult teeth. They tell the adult teeth where they need to come in and at what angle. When a baby tooth falls out, it’s because the adult tooth knows exactly where it needs to go.
If a baby tooth is pulled early, the adult tooth loses that guide. The adult teeth will break through the gums without really knowing where to go. This makes for severely misaligned adult teeth that will need intensive (and expensive) orthodontic work in order to be straightened. The sad thing is, kids aren’t to blame for their decaying baby teeth. A three year old can’t be expected to clean their teeth without any guidance. It’s the parents who need to enforce brushing and regular dental visits.
Parents are always worried about their kids but rarely do they worry about their babies’ teeth. This needs to change. The best thing you can do is to remember how important it is for your child to maintain a healthy, clean smile. Get them a toothbrush early on and teach them the brushing motions with and without toothpaste on the brush. A lot of parents brush their own teeth in front of their children to help them learn. If you’re going to the dentist to get a cleaning, bring your child along. Get them used to going to the dentist and sitting in the chair. The more familiar and comfortable they are with the dentist, the better.
It’s also important to keep an eye on what your child is eating and how it affects their teeth. If you give your child juice, make sure to cut it with water to make it less sugary. The sugar in juice and sweets can stick to enamel and encourage decay. Also, remember to never leave a bottle of milk in the crib with your baby. It’s directly linked to a higher rate of cavities in toddlers and can lead to a host of other bad habits.
Your child’s smile is important. Take care of it at every stage of development, from their first baby tooth to their last.
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.
It’s every parent’s nightmare: braces. Millions of moms and dads dread having to buy their kids traditional braces. This isn’t just because they’re expensive (which they are) but also because braces make life hard for both parent and child. Even with the innovative technology of today, braces wearers still have to come into our office frequently for adjustments and broken brackets. When you’re wearing braces, eating and brushing your teeth isn’t easy. Top it all off with the occasional razor-sharp wire stabbing into your cheek and you understand why so many people are constantly looking for braces alternatives.
For adults, there’s Invisalign. But for kids who aren’t quite old enough for braces, there hasn’t been a successful preventative orthodontic appliance until now. HealthyStart is the revolutionary new treatment that straightens teeth, improves jaw placement, and opens the airway as a child’s adult teeth are coming in. Instead of trying to correct crooked teeth later in life, HealthyStart stops the need for braces before there’s a problem. And the best part about HealthyStart? It’s half the price of braces.
HealthyStart is a multi-step orthodontic treatment plan that uses custom-fit appliances to gently realign the jaw and teeth over time. Kids wear the appliances at night or for a few hours during the day. They’re completely removable and made of a soft plastic that’s easy to clean. Each of the various HealthyStart appliances is meant to be worn during a different stage of your child’s dental growth to help gradually improve their health.
Although a lot of parents just want their kids to have straighter teeth, the root problems that HealthyStart addresses go much deeper than a pretty smile. HealthyStart treats something called Sleep Disordered Breathing or SDB. You’ve probably never heard of SDB but you’ve undoubtedly seen some of its symptoms. Kids with SDB show the following behaviors:
Some parents assume these things are normal. Adults snore so why would a kid snoring be all that different, right? In truth, kids should never snore. Snoring in kids signifies that the airway isn’t as open as it naturally should be. If your child is snoring, they’re not getting the amount of oxygen they need at night. Without that oxygen, the body cannot truly sleep, leading to drowsiness, irritability, and bed-wetting.
Some reports show that 9 in 10 kids have some form of SDB. That’s a lot of kids who have an untreated disease that a simple appliance can fix.
If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, we encourage you to come into the office for a free consultation. Every year, HealthyStart appliances help thousands of kids avoid braces and sleep better. Stanley Dentistry founder, Dr. Bobbi Stanley, has worked on numerous HealthyStart cases and has seen firsthand its success. Post-treatment, HealthyStart kids are happier, healthier, and have smiles that’ll last a lifetime (without the need for pesky braces).
HealthyStart is most effective in younger children but the ages of patients do vary. Set up an appointment today to see if it’s right for your child.