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!
The internet has made us reliant on price-tags. Brick-and-mortar stores have obviously utilized the price-tag for a while now. However, the internet makes it that much easier to quickly and easily look up the exact price of everything from a gallon of milk to a luxury sports car. You can see the price, check your bank account, and buy the good all while sitting on the couch.
Thanks to this ease of access to prices, we expect to know exactly how much we’re going to pay the second we begin to consider the idea of purchasing an item/service. In some ways, that’s a completely valid thing to want. Money doesn’t grow on trees — people have to budget. But, what if what you’re buying isn’t as cut-and-dry as a gallon of milk or a sweatshirt? What if you’re buying a service? And what if you can’t really anticipate exactly what that service will entail until you talk to a specialist?
If you Google the price of implants or veneers or bonding, you will not get a single flat rate. You won’t even get a reasonable range of prices. That’s because, in the medical world, very few procedures have flat fees. We’re here to explain why that is and why (most likely) your dentist or doctor isn’t trying to screw you over financially. Not handing out flat-prices to potential patients is how they protect you from hidden fees.
A big rule in our office is to never entertain price-shoppers. It’s not that we want to be mean or make them feel like we don’t have time to talk. That’s actually the last thing we want to do. We just want them to realize that, there is no way for us to give an accurate estimate to the price of most dental procedures before we see the state of the patient’s mouth. Why is this? Because every person who comes into our office has a unique case. No two mouths are the same which means no two procedures are truly the same.
There are a lot of people who call our office asking us what the flat price is for a single dental implant. We could give them the price of the physical implant but without taking 3D scans of their mouth, we wouldn’t know if they need a bone graft in order to make the implant successful. The patient might also think they just need one dental implant when in reality, after an exam, the doctor recommends three or four implants instead. Once again, thanks to the internet, a lot of people self-diagnose their dental problems. Someone may think they need a cavity filled when in reality they need a root canal — or extraction and an implant.
If we said on the phone that the implant would cost X amount, then it looks like we’re essentially lying if we have to add on the cost of a bone graft, or a deep-cleaning, or an additional implant. We’re not lying. We’re just giving the patient the care they need. But because we gave them this flat-price during their first phone call, they may expect that initial amount to cover any additional services.
As an office, we have to make a choice of whether we want to tell price-shoppers on the phone a number that most likely won’t be true or if we want to refrain from talking cost over the phone. We’ve decided to take the second approach. We always want to be as transparent with our patients as possible. When we say we don’t know exactly what the price will be, we’re telling the truth. Until we look at a case, there is no way to know for certain what procedures are needed. Because of this, Drs. Stanley decided to offer completely complimentary consultations. During a free consultation, the doctor will talk to you, take a look at your case, and map out what treatment you need and how much it costs.
Want to know how much a dental implant would cost at Stanley Dentistry? Schedule a free consultation! You will be able to speak with one of our doctors about your specific case and your treatment options. You’ll be much happier at the end of your consultation since you’ll know exactly what your treatment costs instead of hearing an inaccurate estimate over the phone.
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!
There are few ways to get a perfect smile that are better than porcelain veneers. Even the strongest whitening treatments won’t be half as effective as veneers when it comes to getting that classic Hollywood smile. Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that a cosmetic dentist lays over the teeth to make them appear straighter and whiter. You can either get prepped or no-prep veneers, depending on your unique mouth shape. With prepped veneers, a dentist shaves away a small amount of enamel so the veneers can fit over the natural teeth. No-preps don’t require any prepping but not everyone can get no-prep veneers. Your dentist will let you know which one would work better for you.
Your first question, however, shouldn’t be to prep or not to prep — it should be “are veneers right for me?” Veneers can give people amazing, life-changing smile transformations but they aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. There are a few things you should consider before setting up a veneers consultation.
Hygiene is always an important factor, no matter what dental procedure you’re getting done. Plaque carries bacteria and bacteria equals infection. Even if it’s something as minor as getting no-prep veneers, your teeth need to be spotless. If you’re interested in getting veneers and you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, schedule a cleaning first. Your hygienist and dentist will make sure everything looks good before moving forward to the next step in the veneers process.
If during your cleaning, your hygienist finds any problems (mostly decay and periodontal disease), they’ll recommend that you get treatment first. Veneers are a cosmetic procedure which means they won’t cure any underlying disease or decay. If you have decay, covering it with a veneer won’t make it better. Talk to your dentist about what options you have for trying to get a healthier smile. They may recommend things like fillings, root canals, or crowns. They may also recommend dental implants, if there is severe decay or tooth loss.
As long as you’re over eighteen, age doesn’t technically matter when it comes to getting veneers. However, we like to remind our younger patients who want to get prep-veneers that the procedure is permanent. Once teeth are prepped, there’s no going back. If possible, Dr. Bobbi recommends that younger patients get no-prep veneers, if possible. This ensures that, if they ever want to remove their veneers, they’ll still have their natural teeth intact.
It’s a sad fact: veneers that are cheap aren’t veneers that look good (or last). We see a lot of patients who went to other discount offices first, looking for the cheapest veneers they could find. They come to us when they realize those veneers are blocky or, in the worst cases, falling off. Veneers take a lot of time and effort to create and place — they’re custom-made after all. There is no way to make nice, long-lasting veneers on a budget so if you’re interested in getting them, make sure you understand the investment you’re going to have to make.
Do you want veneers because your teeth are crooked? Misaligned teeth are one of the most common things people mention when critiquing their own smile. Many of our veneers patients come in thinking that veneers will be able to correct their crooked teeth when, in reality, the only thing that can help severely misaligned teeth is orthodontics. If you’re getting no-prep veneers, this is especially true. The thin veneers only cover the tooth — they can’t reorient the tooth, like braces can.
We recommend that if you’re getting veneers on only a few of your teeth, to go ahead and get whitening done beforehand as well. Depending on the shade of veneer you get, your veneers will be whiter than your natural enamel. If you get veneers on your upper front teeth, you’ll want your teeth on the bottom to match your veneers as closely as possible. At our office, you can get either Kor or Zoom teeth whitening.
Walking down the toothpaste aisle can be a little overwhelming (to put it nicely). There are so many different kinds of toothpaste out there from anti-cavity and whitening to desensitizing and anti-bacterial. Brands make all these different kinds of toothpaste because everyone has different teeth; some people are at a higher risk of decay while others have teeth that are sensitive to heat or cold. You can pretty easily find anti-cavity or anti-plaque toothpaste if that’s what you’re looking for but what brand do you choose? And are different flavors better than others? And does the price of toothpaste reflect it’s quality?
We’re breaking down all the best kinds of toothpaste, depending on your wants and needs. Keep reading to find out what you should pick up on your next Target run!
Most kinds of toothpaste say that they’re “anti-cavity” but which ones really work?
Colgate knows toothpaste better than anyone. Going with a Colgate brand toothpaste is always a good idea, especially when it comes to anti-cavity products. Colgate Gel-Kam Preventative Treatment Gel is their best-of-the-best fluoride toothpaste because it contains 0.4% stable stannous fluoride gel (which is dentist-talk for a lot of fluoride). Paired with regular dental cleanings, Gel-Kam is perfect for people who have had numerous cavities in the past and are looking for something stronger than the typical store-bought anti-cavity toothpaste.
Want a little better than the “good” option when it comes to cavity-fighting? CloSYS Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste is still affordable but it’s more powerful than most of its competitors. CloSYS contains powerful ingredients that kill bacteria before it can buildup into plaque. This prevents cavities and keeps your breath smelling minty-fresh!
CloSYS Anticavity also contains a mild polishing agent that can gently whiten teeth. You won’t see significant whitening with CloSYS Anticavity, since it’s mostly a cavity-fighting toothpaste, but anything helps, right?
The top-of-the-line anti-cavity toothpaste is Plaque HD Anticavity Toothpaste because instead of just saying that’s it’s removing plaque, it shows you. The toothpaste turns any plaque on the teeth green, allowing the brusher to see exactly which areas need more work.
This toothpaste is great for kids who don’t like brushing. It makes the experience of brushing a little more like a game instead of a chore. If your child is doing a poor job brushing (and their dentist is starting to notice), it’s time to try Plaque HD.
At a higher price point, most people probably don’t need Plaque HD toothpaste. The other two products are perfect for people who have had a few cavities and want to improve their oral health. However, if you continue to struggle finding and eliminating plaque when brushing, this might be a good purchase. Your hygienist will thank you!
The packaging doesn’t change a product’s quality…but it does make the experience of whipping out your toothpaste in the morning a little more enjoyable. We love how sleek and refined Opalescence Sensitivity Relief Whitening Toothpaste looks and, of course, we love how effective it is on sensitive teeth. It also helps whiten smiles thanks to a non-abrasive polishing agent.
There are a lot of sensitivity toothpaste products on the market but our patients have found the most success with The Natural Family Co Sensitive Natural Toothpaste. This toothpaste contains around 70% natural ingredients so it’s perfect for families who are concerned about the harsh chemicals found in most toothpaste products. The only “chemical-y” ingredient is potassium nitrate which helps fight tooth and gum sensitivity. At an affordable price, you won’t find a product much better than this for sensitive teeth.
Charcoal is all-the-rage right now, showing up in everything from icecream to, you guessed it, toothpaste. A lot of brands say their charcoal toothpaste works miracles, blackening teeth before transforming them into pearly whites. While we wish that was true, the reality is charcoal can only do so much. Out of all the charcoal toothpaste products, hello Activated Charcoal Epic Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste is the best but even then, this product only grabs the “good” category on our list.
We like this particular product because it’s organic (it’s artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, SLS/sulfates, parabens, microbeads, triclosan, peroxide, preservatives, and gluten-free) so it’s perfect for people who are sensitive to the chemicals normally found in whitening products. Our patients typically see a slight change in their teeth shade after a few months of use. For most people who are searching for a perfect smile, that isn’t enough so after they give hello a try, we recommend either a stronger toothpaste or an in-office whitening treatment.
Crest has quite a few whitening products for sale but we like Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy Enamel Care Toothpaste the most because it’s affordable, doesn’t have numerous steps, and produces visibly fast results. This toothpaste contains Crest’s most advanced whitening formula to date — and our patients can tell. At $5.29, this is a great whitening toothpaste if you’re looking for something both strong and affordable.
If money is just a number, we recommend getting Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste. Suprersmile products are the strongest whitening products available for at-home whitening. It’s so strong because it contains Calprox, a proprietary formula of encapsulated calcium peroxide and minerals. Calprox removes built-up plaque and, with help from calcium, magnesium, phosphates, and fluoride, lifts surface stains from coffee, red wine, and other colorful culprits.
Patients who use Supersmile products for a few months will see a fairly dramatic shade-change. If, after using Supersmile products for six months, you still don’t see results, we recommend coming into the office for Zoom! or Kor whitening.
After you get whitening done in-office, you obviously want to do everything in your power to keep your new smile as white as possible. When you’re at the store, you might find yourself reaching for the first “whitening” toothpaste you see, but don’t be fooled by the sparkly, fancy packaging. Post-whitening, the best toothpaste you can buy is Voco Remin Pro. It doesn’t look like much but this product really packs a punch. If used twice daily, you’ll see the effects of your professional whitening lasting longer than ever before.
Kids toothpaste products are a dime-a-dozen but are they really benefitting your child? Vitaminpaste Kids Multivitamin Toothpaste is the first multi-vitamin and mineral supplement toothpaste made specifically for children. The toothpaste itself contains vitamins D, E, B3, B5, and B6, allowing kids to get their daily dose of vitamins just by brushing their teeth! It’s also safe to swallow so you won’t have to worry about harmful chemicals.
Bacteria in the gums, a.k.a. gingivitis, is a common problem that a lot of people face. If left untreated, gingivitis (which is really just early-stage gum disease) can turn into something a lot worse. Avoid gum recession and tooth loss by upping your oral health routine and purchasing some anti-bacterial toothpaste.
If you have very minor gingivitis, we recommend Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean. Compared to most other anti-gingivitis products, this toothpaste is particularly affordable and effective. It targets those hard-to-reach areas where bacteria love to hide, ensuring a cleaner, healthier mouth in only a few months.
For people with gingivitis who are concerned about the chemicals in their toothpaste, there’s Dental Herb Company Tooth & Gums Essentials Natural Toothpaste. Toothpaste can contain a lot of chemicals, some of which can be harmful to people with certain allergies or illnesses. Dental Herb Company’s product is all-natural, SLS-free, and contains all the good stuff like essential oils and xylitol without all the bad stuff (i.e. artificial ingredients or harmful foaming agents).
Our patients have found that Dental Herb Company’s Tooth & Gums toothpaste controls bleeding gums when used over time. It has that professional strength that everyone wants in their toothpaste without all the fake flavors and colors. At $9.99, this toothpaste might be a little more expensive then what the average person wants to pay but, if going organic is important to you, it’s worth the extra cash.
If you want to get rid of your bleeding gums fast, only one toothpaste will do: Parodontax Antigingivitis Toothpaste. This clinical-grade toothpaste breaks apart plaque — the leading cause of gingivitis. Whereas the other two products do a good job preventing bleeding gums or treating very mild cases, Parodontax promises real results for people with gingivitis. If used twice daily, you should see a drastic change in your oral health in about twelve weeks.
Brushing and flossing with braces is tough even for the best and most experienced brushers. We oftentimes find cavities and gingivitis in patients after they get their braces off because they struggled so much with brushing properly. Some patients also see the formation of white-spot lesions on their teeth while in ortho which can be permanent.
If you’re in braces and you’re concerned about the state of your oral health, try OrthoCare. This specially-formulated toothpaste repairs and protects teeth against white spots and tooth decay that can develop during ortho treatment. Although a little more expensive than your average bottle of Crest, Orthocare can save you a lot of money in the end. Numerous filings aren’t cheap and neither are deep cleanings to treat periodontal disease. Get Orthocare while you’re still in braces to ensure a straight and healthy smile afterward.
Having a dry mouth isn’t just uncomfortable — and it can also negatively affect your oral health. Dry mouth is directly linked to tooth decay, giving sufferers a higher risk of cavities. If you think you might have dry mouth, talk to your dentist about your symptoms and try a dry-mouth fighting toothpaste like Colgate Hydris Dry Mouth Hydrating Toothpaste. Often times, dry mouth is a symptom of a larger, underlying problem so it’s best to schedule an appointment with your dentist instead of just managing the discomfort.
If your dry mouth isn’t part of an underlying condition, you’ll probably want something that is effective in the longterm. Biotene Oral Balance Gel is a soothing gel that dry mouth suffers can place in their mouth for instant relief. Unlike Colgate’s product, this isn’t a toothpaste per se. It’s a mouth moisturizer that can be used at any time and doesn’t need to be rinsed out.
The first step to tackling bad breath (if you know it’s not a symptom of an underlying illness) is becoming a master brusher. Buy yourself a new toothbrush and a bottle of Aim Cavity Protection Multi-Benefit Gel Toothpaste and get to brushing! Aim is the most affordable toothpaste on the market and, surprisingly, it does a good job at fighting cavities and bad breath. At the price of $1.39, there’s no reason not to give it a try!
You’re already confident in your brushing prowess but you’re still struggling with bad breath. What’s the next step? Try Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Power Paste. The natural lemon-flavored toothpaste uses a combination of essential oils, including lemon, orange, grapefruit, bergamot, lime and peppermint, to give you fresh smelling breath for the entire day. It’s a little bit stronger than your typical toothpaste and, because of that, it’s a little more expensive. You’ll be spending $13.49 for the bottle but you only need to use a quarter of the amount you typically use per brushing so it should last you four times longer!
If you’re looking for the strongest bad-breath fighter on the market, look no further than BreathRx Purifying Toothpaste. Our patients have found the most success with BreathRx compared to other brands. While Oxyfresh is perfect for people who’re concerned about their allergies to certain chemicals, BreathRx is undoubtedly stronger and a little more affordable at $8.49.
Afraid to brush your teeth after oral surgery? You’re not alone — a lot of our patients come in months after a tooth extraction with severe plaque buildup or gingivitis because they’ve neglected to brush because of pain. If you’re about to undergo some kind of oral surgery, we recommend picking up a bottle of Oxyfresh Super Relief Dental Gel. You can easily apply the gel to the teeth and gums to relieve pain before you brush. Remember that Oxyfresh Super Relief isn’t technically a toothpaste — it’s a soothing gel. Apply the gel before you brush to make brushing easier and pain-free!
For brushing post-surgery, try Holocuren Miracle Propolis Natural Toothpaste. It’s infused with tea tree oil and xylitol which help promote healing. Even if you’re not post-op, Miracle Propolis is just a good toothpaste for fighting cavities and getting fresher, cleaner breath. It’s also great for people who have chronic canker sores; most patients report seeing fewer sores after just a few weeks of use.
What do all celebrities have in common (beyond flat tummies and great bone structure)? Perfect smiles. You may not notice it immediately, but the vast majority of on-camera celebs have stellar smiles. You’re probably more likely to notice when a celebrity doesn’t have such a nice smile; in a sea of pearly whites, they’re a lot more obvious. Take a look at Steve Buscemi’s smile if you don’t believe us.
So, how do the vast majority of celebs, from Matt Damon to Emma Watson, achieve such perfect teeth? One word: veneers. Cosmetic dentistry (veneers and no-prep veneers in particular) is the only sure-fire way to get a Hollywood-level smile. In the 80s and 90s, veneers were incredibly popular because they could give most anyone a perfect smile in only a few dental appointments. Their popularity tapered off in the 00s until a recent rise in interest in veneers thanks to Hollywood’s influence. More and more people are beginning to see just how transformative veneers can be — for celebs and non-celebs alike.
Veneers are thin porcelain overlays that sit on top of your teeth. Dentists make them custom for every patient so the shape, size, and shade are totally up to the patient. In order for veneers to fit over the teeth, dentists have to shave off a very small part of the natural enamel (this is called “prepping”). Because so many patients were turned-off of getting prepped veneers, dentists recently developed no-prep veneers which are thinner and can fit over un-prepped teeth. If you ever get tired of no-prep veneers, a dentist can easily remove them, revealing undamaged teeth underneath.
Just in our office, the introduction of no-prep veneers saw a huge rise in patients who were interested in getting veneers. With no-preps, you can get that perfect Hollywood smile without committing to veneers for life.
Veneers aren’t right for everyone — at least, not at first. Some people come into our office wanting that classic Hollywood smile but they have tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Bobbi could easily place veneers over decay and disease (like some dentists do) but she doesn’t since that frequently creates a host of problems for the patient. Instead, she treats any underlying infection before crafting and placing the veneers. We want our patients to have beautiful and healthy smiles.
Come in for a free consultation to see if veneers are right for you!
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!
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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