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Durham, NC 27713

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Meet the entire team at RTP Pediatric Dentistry! We are all more than happy to help you and your family with all your dental needs.

Dr.Zhengyan Wang

Dr. Zhengyan (Maria) Wang is a board certified pediatric dentist. Treating children and being able to educate them on good long-term oral health habits gives her a sense of pride and accomplishment. She believes it to be a very fulfilling and rewarding profession. Originally from China, Dr. Wang graduated from West China University of Medical Sciences in 1996 with DDS and MS degrees. She continued her education at UNC-Chapel Hill, completing a PhD in Oral Biology combined with a three-year residency program in Pediatric Dentistry Specialty at UNC Dental School. As part of her academic accomplishments, she actively participated in teaching and scientific research, receiving postdoctoral fellowships in Clinical Dental Research and Tissue Engineering and Regeneration. She also served as a full-time faculty member at both UNC and later at University of Michigan.

Dr. Wang cherishes her unique experiences, which helped her to approach clinical situations from a much broader perspective and to practice evidence-based dentistry for the very best interest of patients. Moving back to North Carolina, she obtained her DDS from UNC in 2013 for the NC licensure requirement. Currently, Dr. Wang is a collaborator with faculty at UNC for an NIH-funded research project. Dr. Wang and her husband, who is also a dentist, have two daughters, with whom they enjoy spending time together reading, walking, and traveling.

Academic Experience

  • Master of Science Degree & DDS--West China University of Medical Sciences
  • PhD in Oral Biology—UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program—UNC- Chapel Hill
  • Post-Doctorate Fellowship in Clinical Dental Research
  • Post-Doctorate Fellowship in Tissue Engineering and Regeneration

Professional Experience

  • Faculty Practice in Pediatric Dentistry (UNC-Chapel Hill, U of Michigan)
  • Attending faculty for pediatric dentistry resident and undergraduate clinic
  • Treatment of children in the operating room under general anesthesia
  • Treatment of children utilizing conscious sedation medication
  • UNC Cleft Lip/Palate Team Member
  • General Anesthesia Rotation
  • Pediatric Medicine Rotation
  • Chief Resident of Administration
  • Chief Resident of Hospital Activities

Professional Licensure and Certification

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD certified)
  • Certified as a Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
  • Member of the American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Member of Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry (SSPD)
  • Member of North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (NCAPD)

Selective Publications

Li SM, Zou J, Wang Z, Wright JT, Zhang Y. Quantitative assessment of enamel hypomineralization by KaVo DIAGNOdent at different sites on first permanent molars of children in China. Pediatric Dentistry. 2003;25(5):485-90. PMID: 14649613

Wang Z., Leisner-Wilson T. M. and Parise L.V.: Properties of Platelet alpha2beta1 Integrin Activation; Contribution of Ligand internalization and the alpha2 Cytoplasmic Domain. Blood. 2003;102(4):1307-15 PMID: 12738679

Yuan W, Leisner TM, McFadden AW, Wang Z, Larson MK, Clark S, Boudignon-Proudhon C, Lam SC, Parise LV. CIB1 is an endogenous inhibitor of agonist-induced integrin αIIbβ3 activation. Journal of Cell Biology. 2006 Jan 16;172(2):169-75. PMID: 1641853

Wang Z, Heffernan M and Vann WF Jr.. Management of Complicated Crown-Root Fracture of a Young Permanent Incisor Using Intentional Replantation. Journal of Dental Traumatology, , 2008 Feb;24(1):100-3 PMID: 18173676

Liu J, DeNofrio J, Yuan W, Wang Z, and Parise LV: Genetic manipulation of megakaryocytes to study platelet function. Current Topics in Developmental Biology. 2008;80:311-35. PMID: 17950378

Wang Z, SP Holly, MK Larson, J Liu, W Yuan, M Chrzanowska-Wodnicka, GC White 2nd, LV Parise. Rap1b is critical for glycoprotein VI-mediated but not ADP receptor-mediated α2β1 activation. J Thromb Haemost. 2009 Apr;7(4):693-700. PMID: 19192113

Wang Z, Pan J, Wright JT, Bencharit S, Zhang S, Everett ET, Teixeira FB, Preisser JS. Putative stem cells in human dental pulp with irreversible pulpitis: an exploratory study. J Endod. 2010 May;36(5):820-5 PMID: 18173676

Li X, Koh AJ, Wang Z, Soki FN, Park SI, Pienta KJ, McCauley LK. Inhibitory effects of megakaryocytic cells in prostate cancer skeletal metastasis. J Bone Miner Res. 2010 Aug 3. PMID: 20684002

Wang Z, McCauley LK. Osteoclasts and odontoclasts: signaling pathways to development and disease. Oral Dis. 2010 Jul 23. PMID: 20659257


Joyce is our front desk receptionist. She was born and raised in Taiwan and also used to live in Sweden. She is a native Mandarin speaker. She speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese fluently. Joyce enjoys working and interacting with children and she loves helping people. She has a North Carolina Early Childhood teacher credential and Nurse Aid certificate. She enjoys traveling, walking, running, and eating with friends when she is away from the office.


Lauren is a part of our front desk team at RTP Pediatric Dentistry. She was born in North Carolina but lived in New Jersey for twelve years before moving back to NC. She enjoys playing soccer in her spare time and going to church. Lauren is a great help to our patients and the team and she also enjoys interacting with the children and assisting them with their dental needs.


Nereida is a dental assistant here at RTP Pediatric Dentistry. She was born in Mexico and speaks Spanish fluently. She graduated from Alamance Community College with her certification in dental assisting and is currently working on becoming a dental hygienist. Nereida decided to work in pediatric offices since the beginning of her career. She enjoys working with children and when away from the office, she likes to spend time with her friends and family.



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How Patients Like our Team


"My boy just took an extra teeth here. Dr. Wang is really awesome. She is very professional and also very nice to explain all details to us. After surgery. Dr Wang also had follow up call on night to check the status of my boy. Also offer 2 follow up visit to make sure the surgery is successful. We are very happy with Dr. Wang and for sure will recommend our friend to here."
-- S.C. June 2017 (Google Review)

"It is so far the #1 choice for autistic kids in this area. After my first two dentistry experiences, I was so sick of the dentists who will give general anesthesia to younger kids just to fill one cavity or even just an x-ray exam. I am glad that we find Dr.Wang. Dr. Wang is a superb dentist: she does not only focus on the wellness of the teeth, but also treats the patients as a whole being, thus she makes the most reasonable treatment plans. I really trust her professional skills and ethics. The clinic is very spacious and clean, the staffs are all very helpful and friendly. The equipments (such as the hand-held x-ray machine and wrapping blanket) are very children (especially autistic children) oriented--- unlike just a TV with cartoon movies in other so called "pediatric " dentistry. BTW, they also have the TV. I highly recommend this place."
-- T.L. May 2017 (Google Review)

"Dr. Wang is extremely thorough and conscientious. She focuses on education for both the patient and the parent. She wants to make sure that our children have a good foundation. The office is extremely inviting and the kids love it!"
-- R.H. May 2017 (Google Review)

" I really like the environment here, it's relaxing and the employees are very good at their job. Unlike any other dentistry I've been too! I don't go to the dentist regularly, but I wouldn't mind getting an appointment here at least twice a year."
-- C.S. May 2017 (Google Review)

"Dr. Wang and the staff are very patient and nice. Dr. Wang is a very responsible dentist. The environment of the office is kids friendly and cozy. Every staff here are so friendly and nice. They make me feel like home and feel warm in my heart."
-- J.L. February 2017 (Google Review)

"Dr. Wang was always smiling for the kids. My kids always feel comfortable. Staff is kind. Glad that we chose to come here. I'm really happy with the service. I will recommend my friends to come here."
-- H.T. January 2017 (Google Review)

"Dr Wang and her staff are very caring. They make you feel very welcome from the time you come in the front door to the time you leave. Dr Wang takes time to go over your treatment plan and then explain what you don't understand. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a dentist."
-- R.W. January 2017 (Google Review)

"My daughter has been with Dr Wang for more than two years and we are happy with her. She and her entire team are all nice and professional with young kids. The clinic is kids friendly. Charges are reasonable. Will keep staying with Dr Wang."
-- X.T. January 2017 (Google Review)

"Great experience!"
-- X.J. January 2017 (Google Review)

"I would highly appreciate the expertise of doctor and staff. They always explained what and why they did for medical treatment in details. And the environment of office are nice and beautiful. I would recommend it"
-- M. O. January 2017 (Google Review)

"Dr. Wang is a very professional and well-experienced dentist. The people in this clinic are so nice and kind to the patients. We have enjoyed being here very much. Dr. Wang gave us many practical and useful advices about my children's dental care and treatment. She is one of the most reliable and trustworthy pediatric dentists in the RTP area. Dr.Wang is very caring and gentle to my children when they were doing treatment, so they love Dr. Wang very much. The services of the operation are comfortable and convenien, they really try their best to provide the best service to their patients."
-- A.Z. January 2017 (Google Review)

The dentist office made my child feel very comfortable for an otherwise painful procedure
-- J.S. January 2017 (Google Review)

"Thank you for taking care of 'my children'. The fillings work till now. Also thank you for taking the time to answer all my questions about the procedure beforehand. This helped the kids feel more comfortable with the procedure. Thanks again! Happy holidays!"
-- H.C. December 2016 (Written Letter)

"The most knowledgeable and nicest pediatric dentist with patience and warm heart! Will definitely recommend to everyone!"
--M.C. December 2016 (Google Review)

"Dr. Wang is the "lifesaver" to my daughter. Before we came to RTP Pediatric Detistry, my daughter was in big trouble with her teeth. She had two big back teeth pulled in other clinic when she was 4 years old. She has been wearing a space maintainer since then. However, she was always complaining the hurts caused by the appliance. Part of it came off from her teeth frequently and digged into the flesh. The previous dentist never adjusted the appliance to fit her teeth well and finally refered her to an overcharging orthodontist whose concern was only the money. We felt blessed when we found Dr. Wang and transferred our daughter to her Dentistry one year ago. Dr. Wang examined her very carefully and made the best treatment plan for her. She is alway concerning the patient's need with great patience and treating the patient very professional. She is not only a great dentist but also an awesome orthodontist. She designed the appliance for our daughter after thoroughly examination and it fits her teeth perfectly. The X-ray showed the treatment did work actually. The new teeth are coming out smoothly from the space maintained by the appliance, and our daughter never complained as she did before. It was the best decision we ever made transferring our daughter to Dr. Wang's Dentistry! Additionally, our son started the treatment here when he was 3 years old and nobody else could deal with him at that time. His teeth are in very good condition now and he comes for routine exams. BTW, all the staff in RTP Pediatric Dentistry are very friendly and patient. I highly recommend RTP Pediatric Dentistry to everyone with kids!"
--H.C. December 2016 (Google Review)

"Here is best dentistry for pediatric. We visited four times, I definitely recommend, of course hope your child does not have decades tooth."
--S.K. December 2016 (Google Review)

"Dr Wang is very experienced. Office environment is cozy and kids friendly. Staff are nice and patient. My son went to Dr Wang's office for dental exam since he was 3 years old."
--L.L. December 2016 (Google Review)

"I like that if we don't get here on time they call us on the phone. Also the kids get a toy and a shirt. Every thing is great!!! We enjoy the service here!!"
--Z.L. December 2016 (Google Review)

"Today my daughter comes here to pull out a tooth. Dr. Wang is very nice, and the clinic is beautiful and colorful. Dr. Wang give my daughter a mice-shaped small box to keep the tooth removed and two presents. Most importantly, the price is reasonable. For my daughter, it is really a happy experience in dentistry."
--X.L. December 2016 (Google Review)

"Took our 3 year old daughter there after seeing another dentist who recommended unconscious anesthesia for dental work. The staff is excellent. Joyce and Lauren (front desk) are extremely helpful and genuinely nice. Dr. Wang made our daughter very comfortable. She needed several fillings and Dr. Wang employed several techniques to get the work done without sedation. We are so thrilled with her work. The office is very clean, modern and child friendly. Always on time."
-- A.M. October 2016 (Google Review)

"I came here after having a rather traumatic experience with a different dentist. Dr. Wang and the entire staff were extremely friendly and went out of their way to make sure my daughter was comfortable. Dr. Wang explained everything that she was doing and the reasoning behind any recommendations she made. My daughter and I are so happy to have found them!"
-- A.S. May 2016 (Facebook Review)


"Amazing dentist and staff. They can never do enough for the patients and their parents! Everyone is friendly, professional and they really do care!"
-- D.C May 2016 (Facebook Review)


"We love Dr. Wang and her staff! Everyone is friendly and helpful. The waiting room, patient room, and even restrooms are all very child friendly. They even have baby wipes and other supplies in the bathroom if needed. The tv screen with cartoons above each chair is very helpful. My 5 year old used to be anxious and apprehensive about going to the dentist, but she enjoys it now thanks to the staff who are gentle and friendly. I also appreciate that Dr. Wang and her staff take time to educate my child and me about proper oral hygiene and care. I also really appreciate that Dr. Gao (Dr. Wang's husband) is right next door so I can schedule both of our appointments on the same visit. My husband and I love their staff as well."
-- J.R. April 2016 (Facebook Review)


“My 7-year-old son had an extra tooth. Dr. Wang extracted it in a breeze. After the effect of anesthesia was gone, my son didn't complain of any soreness or pain. Thank you very much, Dr. Wang!”
--- L.L. March 2016 (Facebook review)


“This dental clinic is awesome. My daughter has been going to RTP Pediatric Dentistry for more than 2 years, she started to get cavities since she was 2.5 years old, so we were very carefully to choose the dentist in the beginning, Dr wang was the 3rd Pediatric Dentist we visited. After the exam, Dr.Wang came up with a plan to accommodate our needs and schedules. She is highly-trained and knows everything there is to know about kids' teeth. She does a good job of informing parents of what to expect at this and future checkups and patiently answeres any questions we have. The office is beautiful, clean, and has best tools and materials, the office staffs are nice too. I would suggest this clinic to anyone looking for a good experience and a very professional atmosphere.”
--K.Z. January 2016 (Google review)


“My son is well taken care of, they make him feel like he is special.”
--J.W. October 2015 (facebook review)


“Dr. Wang and her staff are excellent! They make scheduling an appointment for my three children so easy and the setup of their office/waiting room is extremely kid friendly. So lucky we found her!!!”
---L. C. July 2015 (facebook review)


“Dr. Wang has great bedside manner. She and her staff are really good with children. The office setting is bright, welcome and kid friendly. We have been with Dr. Wang for over a year, with no plans of going elsewhere”
--P.A. July 2015 (facebook review)


“My two sons LOVE this office. The office is very kid friendly, colorful and contemporary. My little son even wish we would have the same bathroom at home since he was fascinated with the waterfall-like faucet and the cute lights! There are kid movies, books and an easel kids can entertain themselves in the waiting room. Dr. Wang and her staff are amazing with kids and 100% professional. Dr. Wang always explains what she is doing in a kid friendly, and encouraging way, as well as patiently answers parent's concerns. She never pushes you do anything you don't feel comfortable or questionable, and always provide possible pros and cons of the service procedure in a professional way. I feel so lucky we found this office for my children! We would never go anywhere else!”
--K.L July 2015 (Yelp review)


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RTP Pediatric Dentistry team at Dragon Boat Festival at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC.

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About our Technology

Our office uses the most advanced technology to treat your child in the most effective way. We use the award-winning i-CAT 3D FLX Cone Beam Computer Assembled Tomography (CBCT) imagining system to acquire the most diagnostic image with less radiation than the average panoramic or traditional x-ray. The dose from this imaging system is 80-95% less than a medical CT. With an extremely short scan, typically within five seconds, Dr. Wang can obtain enough data for a comprehensive diagnosis for your child with increased comfort.

iCAT Machine

Why is it better?

i-CAT 3D imaging provides exceedingly beneficial information about the following:

  • Diagnosing missing or supernumerary teeth
  • Airway/sleep apnea assessments
  • TMJ evaluations
  • Precise location of impacted/extra teeth
  • Treatment planning of orthodontic treatment

We are the only pediatric dental office in the Triangle Area that uses this advanced, state-of-the-art technology.

i-CAT/Radiology Facts

The type of radiation produced by the i-CAT is no different than that produced by any other x-ray machine. Before the i-CAT was introduced, the typical orthodontic diagnostic workup consisted of a panoramic x-ray, a lateral cephalogram (head film) and various periapical x-rays. One i-CAT scan replaces all of these x-rays with LESS radiation.

There have been many patients who have been made aware of medical issues (not just dental issues) as a result of their children having received a 3D scan: issues that would not have been discovered with traditional x-rays; as you would expect in these cases, the parents were very grateful for this technology.

We welcome the opportunity to have a dialogue with you about any concerns or questions you may have regarding how this technology is used.

The following are examples of the images produced in our office from the i-CAT 3D FLX CBCT imaging system.

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We also use the Dental Vibe comfort system, along with the Onpharma buffering system to deliver pain-free injections for our patients.

Benefits of the Dental Vibe include:

  • Extremely safe
  • Alleviates anxiety
  • Less anesthetic administered
  • Quick delivery of injection
  • Your child will feel gentle vibration, or massaging of the gums

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Dental Vibe and Isolite                         Dental Vibe                         Onpharma Buffering System

All of this cutting-edge equipment delivers a better experience for your child, which is what our team strives for every day.

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