PC orthodontists serve three states
The young boy squinted as the doctor adjusted the overhead lamp to illuminate his face. The boy held his mouth open unnaturally wide as the doctor placed wide, metal bands around each of his teeth, with other metal brackets and rubber bands along the front.
Most youth in this situation are thinking about how the foreign metal objects being placed near their lips and gums can cut, slice and imbed. Paul Lingenbrink thought about how much fun it would be to be putting the braces on other people.
Now, Dr. Lingenbrink has three practices in two states, and his partner, Nile Davis, has a practice in a third.
With two of his own practices near Seattle, Lingenbrink wanted the chance to spend time in Utah, his wife’s home state and where he did his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University, so he partnered with Davis, a longtime friend, to open a weekend orthodontics practice in Park City.
"My partner is from Arizona and we both speak Spanish," Lingenbrink said. "When I came back from my mission I kept seeing him at all our classes at BYU. We ended up talking and I found out that his dad was an orthodontist and he wanted to be one. We ended up as roommates and he now has his own practice in Arizona. "He had an opportunity to buy this practice in Park City back in January, so we’ve been going now together for about 6 months."
They both operate their separate clinics Monday through Thursday and then rotate weekends commuting to Utah. Sometimes they come together to make sure everything is running smoothly, have meetings and see clients. Although Davis has been on vacation with family and was not available for interviews, Ligenbrink said they both also come to see family.
"My wife is from Alpine and Dr. Davis’ wife is from Farmington," he said. "We spend Christmas and spring break and other vacations here as well.
"The practice in Park City serves a couple of purposes: one, it allows us to serve the people of Park City, but two, it allows us to spend more time with family. Plus, it allows my partner and I to do what we had always wanted and to work together."
Although Lingenbrink said the typical orthodontic interval is about six weeks, he said they have set up a few safety nets in case there is an emergency with any of their patients.
"We have an assistant who works with Dr. Pamela Hilbert, who works just upstairs from our office," Lingenbrink said. "The assistant can help with emergencies and can also get a hold of us anytime. Also, there is a pediatric dentist who is in our office and has agreed to help in emergency. We have about three or four outlets in case there is an emergency, but the ones we have are generally pretty small."
"But it works out because there is only one other full-time orthodontist in Park City, and the area is growing and it’s going to need people who are available on days other than Monday through Thursday".
Lingenbrink grew up in a military family, with his father in the Navy. Needless to say, he got used to moving. As a youth, he lived in Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, California [a couple of times] and Pennsylvania.
After graduating from BYU, he went to dental school at the University of Washington and then did his orthodontics residency at the University of Connecticut.
He and his family live in Bremerton, Wash., about an hour drive by ferry from Seattle. He has a practice in Bremerton and another in Port Orchard, Wash. His brother, Jeff, practices nearby.
The Park City practice focuses on braces and teeth straightening, but he said he had to become a dentist first, even though he gave up doing fillings and drillings to focus on straightening.
"We do clear braces as well as the more traditional kind," he said. "That way if people want to be able to avoid the stigma of actually wearing braces, they can."
Both doctors use up-to-date procedures in hopes to make having braces be quick and as painless as possible or at least better than when he was a boy.
"At age 14 I was going through braces myself and it seemed like a fun profession," he said. "Mainly because, one, you’re dealing with puzzles and trying to help people with their problems, and two, it’s a great way to support a family."
Their office is at 1830 Prospector Ave. in Park City and can be reached at (435) 649-6959. They are open on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for an appointment if possible. Free consultations for any orthodontics concerns are available.
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