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Over 16 years as an orthodontist, Dr. Laurie Parks has helped create some spectacular smiles. During that time, she has watched orthodontics improve and expand with new, better technology and quicker, more accurate results. The best part for her has been forging relationships with patients of all ages.
“I usually see patients for the first time around age seven for an initial consultation to determine whether they’ll need braces in the future,” she said. “On the other hand, I have patients in their 70s — and every age in between. It’s never too late to love your smile. I’ve been especially blessed to treat multiple generations in some families.”
In her fun, upbeat Frisco office, patients enjoy a casual, sports-themed atmosphere and a friendly staff who knows them by name. The office is centrally located near local schools, open until 6 p.m., and open some Saturdays to better accommodate school and work schedules.
Spark Clear Aligners
One new advancement Dr. Parks is excited about is Spark aligners, a clearer, more comfortable, and highly effective treatment available only from qualified orthodontists.
“With Spark aligners, we’re seeing better and more predictable results,” Dr. Parks said. “For my patients, that means a faster, reliable treatment experience. The material resists stain better and is clearer than other aligner material, so no one has to know you’re straightening your teeth. They have smoother edges, so my patients don’t experience the discomfort they can with other brands. We’ve been thrilled with the quick, comfortable, precise results. Spark aligners are BPA, mercury, latex, and phthalate free and, as with other aligners, you can take them out to brush and floss.”
Insignia 3D Custom Brackets
Another cutting-edge technology Dr. Parks has embraced is an interactive software system which uses virtual 3D imaging to generate a model of your mouth. Using this digital model, Dr. Parks can analyze and plan an effective and efficient way to achieve the smile you want. Once she has created your treatment plan with the help of the Insignia technology, she uses the software to create custom braces and arch wires to gently guide your teeth into the correct position.
Ortho Select Digital Indirect Bonding
Dr. Parks is also excited to offer digital indirect bonding which makes bracket placement more exact. 3D technology and an intraoral scanner allow her to highly personalize care as the technology designs and recommends optimum bracket placement. Dr. Parks can then bond the bracket and place your braces on your teeth for quicker, more precise treatment.
When not on the job, Dr. Parks enjoys time with her family, being the cool aunt to her niece and nephews, and spoiling her two cats, Lois and Eileen (named for her two grandmothers). Her parents recently bought a ranch in Abilene which is sure to be the scene of many upcoming family get-togethers. She’s also passionate about supporting local PTAs and booster clubs. Visit TheLineUpOrtho.com for fun upcoming events.
9191 Kyser Way, Suite 500
Frisco, Texas 75033