Anita Wells, DDS

Dr. Anita Wells is a North Carolina native who grew up in the Pinehurst area where she developed her passion to become a dentist.  Her childhood dentist made such a positive lasting impression that from the time she was 4 years old she used to beg her parents to go to the dentist! He displayed compassion, kindness and commitment to personally knowing her accomplishments, school activities, hopes and dreams all the way through high school. His skill and attention to detail helped to create a beautiful smile that was truly life changing and transformational.

Dr. Wells spent her high school summers observing his artistic skills and his kind personal relationships with patients, and it influenced her to pursue a career in dentistry. She watched so many people change from fearful or shy and lacking confidence to vibrant and excited about their new smile.

Through these experiences, she developed a lasting passion to change people’s lives for the better with this personal connection and the art of creating a beautiful smile.

Dr. Wells is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry Magna Cum Laude and her Doctor of Dental Surgery, with the highest honors.

She practiced in Chapel Hill prior to starting her own practice in Raleigh. Dr Wells knew the kind of excellence and level of quality she wanted to provide to her patients. She and her partners spent 2 years developing the perfect patient experience prior to opening Renaissance Dental Center in 2009.

Dr. Well's Involvement

Dr. Wells has a true passion and devotion to excellence in her career. She spends countless hours attending specialty courses in cosmetics, implants, complex case management and advances in technology.   She has extensive training from The Spear Institute for Dental Excellence, where she is part of the Spear Faculty Club, the Las Vegas Institute, The Dawson Institute and Cerec 3D.

Dr Wells is honored to be invited to serve on the Advisory Board at Spear Education in Scottsdale AZ. It is a privilege to aid in teaching some of the worlds most talented dentists and to have the opportunity to develop instructional content for the most prestigious dental education center in the country.

Dr Wells has achieved Fellowships from the International Congress of Implantologists and The International Dental Implant Association.

She is also involved in local, state, and regional societies maintaining membership with the American Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Society of Anesthesiology, American Association of Women Dentists, The North Carolina Dental Society, Raleigh Wake County Dental Society and was Past Vice President of the Orange County Dental Society.

In addition, Dr. Wells had the honor of being asked to join the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. She genuinely enjoyed her part-time position in the Prosthetic Department helping the dentists of tomorrow further their education.

Personal Life

Dr Wells feels her purpose and calling in life is to help others…. to inspire, support and achieve their dreams. She is on the Board of The Helene Foundation, a charity supporting mothers fighting cancer. Attends Hope Community Church in Cary and is part of a bible study. Dr. Wells also enjoys local mission work by volunteering at Bread of Life, providing food to families in Raleigh and has done a mission trip in the Dominican Republic placing over 200 implants with colleagues from around the world.  She is highly involved in leadership committees at Ravenscroft School and is a member of a motivational goal setting group of women called “Goal Friends.”

The Art of Your Smile

Renaissance Dental Center the Triangle’s award winning general and cosmetic dentists


Meet Dr. Sonner

Dr. Sonner was born and raised in Raleigh NC, and she attended both UNC Wilmington and North Carolina State University. She received her undergraduate degree from NCSU in 1999 with high honors, obtaining a BS in Biological Sciences. During college she supported research staff at NIEHS and performed an independent study focusing on Diabetes.


Meet Dr. Abernethy

Dr. Abernethy grew up in Concord, North Carolina, however, she has called Raleigh "home" for the past 20 years. She came to Raleigh to attend college and graduated from Meredith College Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a BS in biology and a minor in chemical physics.


Experience the Renaissance Difference

Does your smile project your self-confidence? Is it as healthy as it could be? At Renaissance Dental Center, we combine personalized care with professionalism and expertise to make your dental experience a success in every way.

Whether you seek general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or restorative dental care, we will work together to define a treatment plan that's perfect for your unique needs.

A dental experience you’ll actually look forward to.

Think you have to be afraid of the dentist? Think again! Our unique approach to dental care ensures that you have a comfortable—even luxurious experience. From iPods and DVDs to massage chairs and a relaxing paraffin hand therapy…
we put the “treat” in treatment.

Let us help you put your best face forward by helping you maintain the best possible dental health—for a lifetime of healthy smiles!


General Dentistry

We each enjoy doing a broad range of procedures. This allows us to provide many services in-house rather than referring patients out as much as possible. From simple tooth colored fillings to surgical procedures, we enjoy offering a range of options for our patients.

Cosmetic Dentistry

We have all devoted many hours to advanced training under the direction of Frank Spear who is world renowned for cosmetic repair of the most worn or severely damaged teeth. We appreciate the impact a beautiful attractive smile has on one’s self confidence and can deliver remarkable cosmetic results for people needing a various degrees of smile design.

Dental Implants

We have each received our implant fellowship with the International Dental Implant Association under the direction of Oral Surgeon Dr. Garg and have been placing dental implants since 2005. Implants are a rehabilitative option for patients needing to replace missing teeth or anchor dentures.

Dental Grafting

We offer a minimally invasive alternative option for covering exposed roots caused by recession that does not involve extensive roof of the mouth grafting, called the Gumdrop Technique.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental procedures can be often overwhelming due to phobia, and needed appointments to the dental office are often delayed or even avoided entirely. Our office offers multiple levels of sedation to make sure you're visiting as often as suggested.

Dental Crowns

Your smile may become damaged, decayed, or need cosmetic repair and jeopardizing your oral health. Dental crowns are the perfect solution for such patients. Restore your teeth back to a beautiful and healthy shine.

Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes aspects of your teeth cannot be changed as easily. In these cases, to get the healthy cosmetic smile you're looking for porcelain veneers are the perfect solution.


We have been using digital impressions and 3D printing since 2010. This technique allows us to eliminate many steps that commonly amount to error. Computer aided design allows us to make and deliver restorations in the same visit preventing additional appointments and taking advantage of the patient being numbed only one time.

Teeth Whitening

In today’s world, white teeth are the norm and if yours are yellow or discolored it affects your self confidence. Something as simple as whitening can drastically change your appeal. In the past most of the whitening options caused tooth sensitivity. We offer an array of choices that are tailored to avoid sensitivity while giving you the best outcome.

Laser Therapies

We all hate those dreadful fever blisters. Did you know if you laser them when you feel that very first tingle they won’t erupt? Suffer no more from unsightly sores, we offer this as quick and painless option.