By Meredith Knight
Throughout her lengthy dental career, Dr. Laurie Parks has found connecting with her patients and their parents the most rewarding part of her job. “I try to slow down and really listen, to understand what they’re feeling and address it,” she said. “I try to imagine it’s my child sitting in the chair and treat each patient the way I would like to see someone treat my child. When parents tell me how much their kids enjoy coming to see me, I figure I got it right.”
As an orthodontist, Dr. Parks loves spending time with her patients of all ages and helping them gain the confidence that comes from having a great smile. She’s trained to work with many orthodontic systems and appliances and offers several options for treatment, including aesthetic porcelain brackets and Invisalign. Award-winning iCat cone beam imaging gives Dr. Parks greater clarity for planning orthodontic treatment. “It even allows me to see teeth that are still forming up in the bone,” Dr. Parks said. “We offer patients traditional metal braces as well as clear braces and Invisalign clear aligners, which are popular with older teens and adults. Orthodontic technology has come a long way. They’re much more flexible now and the force on the teeth is much lighter.”
Because PebblePath Orthodontics is a division of Stonebridge Dental, patients have access to every type of dental professional under one roof. “I have adult patients who come to me for braces because they need their teeth properly aligned before they can have an implant placed by Dr. Morrison, the periodontist,” Dr. Parks said. “That’s just one example. Having us all in one spot means patients can stay where they already feel comfortable and not worry about being referred elsewhere for treatment.”
During this unprecedented time, PebblePath Orthodontics is carefully following all CDC and state dental board guidelines to help make their office one of the safest places your family can visit. The entire staff is garbed in PPE and wear N95 masks. Patients are taken directly from their cars into a clean exam room. The dental team is distancing from one another and keeping their masks on, even when they’re not with patients.
Meet Dr. Parks
Laurie Parks graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas with a major in biology. She then advanced to Baylor College of Dentistry, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery
degree. Dr. Parks completed her residency in the Department of Orthodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry, where she was involved in research and teaching while earning her Master of Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Orthodontics.
Dr. Parks is an active member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontists. When not busy seeing patients, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her two cats. She enjoys seeing movies, exercising, and volunteering with the elderly.