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.”
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!
Like most things in life, when it comes to dentistry, people ask about the price of our services before they ask about anything else. Typically, giving prices in dentistry is difficult because no two cases are exactly the same. However, whitening is actually one of the few cosmetic services we offer that sort-of has a flat-fee (if you’re a good candidate and don’t need any other work done prior to the whitening) so we can typically give potential patients a ball-park estimate as to how much a whitening treatment would be. In our office, we offer three different types of teeth whitening: at-home, Zoom, and KöR. They all do a great job of eliminating stains and giving patients whiter smiles but they are far from equal. Not surprisingly, the best choice, KöR, is also the most expensive choice.
Kor is more expensive than Zoom for the same reason that porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers: it’s better. On average, KöR is twice as effective as other whitening methods when it comes to removing deep, ingrained stains. KöR is perfect for people who either want real, dramatic results from a whitening procedure or for people who’ve tried other whitening procedures in the past with lackluster results. Other whitening options may be better for people with very light staining or for people who don’t have the money to invest in their smile at the moment.
At our office, we recommend that people who are getting veneers (prepped or no-prep) get KöR whitening first. We do this because veneers, no matter how well done, can create a slight line where the whiter veneer meets your natural tooth. If you don’t get whitening done beforehand, that line can become more obvious. When you invest in porcelain veneers, you want them to look perfect! KöR can help make perfection more attainable.
Wondering what whitening option your smile could use? Come into our office for a 100% free consultation. We’ll go over financing, results, and your unique case in order to make a custom treatment plan. Click here to schedule an appointment.
Almost everyone wants whiter teeth but very few people take the required steps to actually get a whiter smile. More often than not, stained-smile sufferers turn to teeth whitening home remedies in the hopes that the solution they’ve been looking for is quick, cheap, and easy. Unluckily for them, if teeth whitening were so simple, there wouldn’t be millions upon millions of teeth whitening products on the market. Very few whitening methods actually work — and none are particularly cheap. While in-office teeth whitening prices have gone down in recent times, KöR and Zoom! whitening treatments (which are the two we offer our patients at Stanley Dentistry) are definitely more expensive than your average bottle of activated charcoal toothpaste.
The thing is, although cheap, that bottle of charcoal toothpaste might actually do more harm than good. Before you go out and jump on the activated charcoal train, find out why dental experts are skeptical of the black teeth trend.
Before we can jump into why we don’t recommend using charcoal on your teeth, we have to take a closer look at what charcoal actually is. In this context, we’re talking about activated charcoal — not the charcoal you grill or draw with. Activated charcoal has a long history as an anti-toxin because of its adsorbent quality. Adsorbent materials bind to toxins, as opposed to absorbent materials which absorb them.
Most charcoal is made with slowly burned wood that is oxidized under extremely high heat (that’s where the “activated” part comes in). Sometimes, other materials are used as well including coconut shells and olive pits.
Prior to the charcoal craze, doctors used activated charcoal to remove poisons/toxins from the stomach. However, it wasn’t until the last five years or so that people began contributing much more miraculous breakthroughs to charcoal. Because activated charcoal adsorbs toxins, a lot of people assume it can do things like cure cystic acne, balance digestive health, and remove enamel staining. While there are a ton of cool things charcoal can do, it’s not a miracle product. Using it won’t create a relevant change in the shade of your teeth — actually, in some cases, it will make your teeth more prone to staining.
Before we say anything else, let’s get something straight: all whitening toothpaste products are mildly abrasive. This is why we warn patients who have veneers to never use whitening toothpaste. It can permanently damage their veneers. Whitening toothpaste has small, abrasive particles that are supposed to mildly polish the enamel without scratching or weakening it. Tooth enamel is pretty strong so in most cases, whitening toothpaste is harmless.
However, with activated charcoal toothpaste, the abrasive particles are a lot larger and more damaging. Weakened enamel from abrasive toothpaste can lead to staining, tooth decay, and, in severe cases, tooth loss. Chances are, lots of people can use activated charcoal without suffering any bad side effects. Of course, with something as important as your teeth, it’s best not to risk it.
The FDA has approved activated charcoal for numerous uses but teeth whitening isn’t one of them. So far, the FDA and the ADA have yet to find any correlation between dental health/whitening and activated charcoal. They also haven’t found proof that activated charcoal is safe for dental use or ingestion.
When you’re looking for a potential toothpaste, look out for the ADA seal of approval. A toothpaste that the ADA approves is both safe and effective.
If you still want to try activated charcoal toothpaste, place the paste on your teeth using your finger and not a toothbrush. This decreases the likelihood of the abrasive particles damaging the enamel. For patients who really want to give the charcoal craze a go, we recommend the hello Activated Charcoal Epic Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste. It has had the most success with our patients in the past.
If you’re looking for a safer and more effective whitening toothpaste, check out our toothpaste guide.
As strange as it sounds, teeth whitening isn’t a 21st-century invention. People have been trying to clean and whiten their teeth for a long, long time. Before they even had toothbrushes or toothpaste, ancient Egyptians used to chew on small twigs in an effort to remove food particles from their teeth. In retrospect, chewing on twigs probably did more harm than good but at least they were trying, right?
Some of the other teeth whitening methods post-ancient-Egypt weren’t much better. In the 17th century, barbers (yes, the people who cut hair) would file down their customers’ teeth and soak them in an acid. The acid was supposed to whiten the enamel but in reality, it just destroyed it.
It really wasn’t until the 20th century that people started to pay closer attention to the color of their teeth. Society’s interest in beauty sky-rocketed in the 1980s, encouraging new cosmetic dentistry methods and technologies. Dentists discovered (on accident) that, when left on teeth long enough, peroxide could act as a whitening agent. Originally, dentists used peroxide as an antiseptic but by the end of the 1980s, it was the most popular teeth whitening product on the market.
From there, teeth whitening really took off. Today, there are thousands of teeth whitening treatments and products available. While most people assume they can radically change their tooth color in the comfort of their own home, most teeth whitening products that you can buy at Target are just short of a scam. The best thing you can do to keep your teeth healthy and white is to go to the dentist to get your teeth professionally cleaned.
If, after your cleaning, you’re still unhappy with the shade of your teeth, we recommend looking into either Zoom! or KöR whitening. Both of these in-office whitening methods use stronger chemicals and lights than the products you see on Facebook or Instagram. Patients who use KöR typically see a shade change of around ten to sixteen shades!
If you’ve been considering getting your teeth whitened, now is the time to do it. From now till the end of September, we’re giving 100% of the proceeds from KöR whitening treatments to a charity that’s been close to my heart for years: Smile Train.
Smile Train is an international non-profit organization that helps give local doctors in 85+ countries the tools, training, and funding they need to correct cleft lips and palates in children. These surgeries are simple, routine procedures but without the help from Smile Train, hundreds of thousands of kids with cleft lips and palates would never get the treatment they need. Kids living with cleft palates face social ostracization and nutritional deficiencies that can lead to growth-related problems. Some also have trouble breathing, hearing, and speaking.
Correcting a cleft palate costs as little as $250 which means just one KöR whitening treatment (a $1,069 value) could cover four surgeries. In just a few appointments, you could dramatically change four kids’ lives forever (and get a brighter smile!)
Around 1 in every 700 children are born with a cleft lip. In most Western countries, doctors quickly correct the palate shortly after birth. Unfortunately, in a lot of developing countries, doctors don’t have the training or materials to fix cleft palates. That’s where Smile Train comes in.
A cleft occurs when certain body parts don’t fuse together properly during fetal development. The most common cleft is a lip or palate cleft because the roof of the mouth is made of both hard and soft palate. This makes it especially susceptible to growth deformities.
KöR whitening is the top-of-the-line whitening treatment that I recommend to all of my patients who want brighter, whiter smiles. The treatment costs $1,069 and includes both take-home and in-office components. At the end of treatment, patients who use KöR whitening oftentimes see smiles that are up to sixteen shades whiter!
To learn more about KöR whitening, click here.
Surgery to correct cleft lips and palates has been around for a century. With modern techniques and tools, correcting them has never been easier or simpler. I firmly believe no child should have to grow up and go through life suffering from a cleft lip and/or palate which is why I’ve set up my own Smile Train campaign to raise $5,000. With that amount, Smile Train can help change the lives of twenty kids!
To donate to the campaign, call 919-371-4454 and set up a KöR whitening appointment. When you pay for the treatment, you’ll put your credit card information directly into my Smile Train donation portal. This ensures that 100% of your payment goes directly to the campaign. It also allows you to use this donation as a tax write-off.
Give the gift of a smile to a child in need! Schedule today for KöR whitening and
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?