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?
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.
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!