June 19th, 2012
True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment with our office.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you get in to see us…
The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:
Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
Loose Wire: Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
Loose Appliance: If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
Headgear Does Not Fit: Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, headgear becomes more comfortable the more it's worn, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.
General Soreness: When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
Remember, after alleviating your discomfort, it is still very important that you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem.
December 1st, 2010
Our team at Parker Orthodontics would like to invite our patients and community members to join us in delivering a message of hope to those less fortunate in our community. We are now accepting new, unwrapped toys and clothing to be donated to less fortunate youngsters in the greater Denver area through Toys for Tots.
Please stop by our office anytime during regular business hours to drop off your donations. Thank you for teaming up with us at Parker Orthodontics to reach out to our community.
We will be accepting your donations through Dec. 22, which will be our last day in the office this year!
October 19th, 2010
This Halloween season, would you like to turn your Halloween candy into cash? Dr. Collins would like to invite our patients to participate in the Parker Orthodontics Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back.
Halloween is just 2 weeks away and Dr. Collins knows lots of treats will be coming your way and he would like to take them off your hands. Bring in your extra candy and Parker Orthodontics will give you $1.00 per pound up to 10 pounds. Your friends and family can join in the fun!
We will be collecting candy in our Parker office starting on November 1st through the 5th, and in our Elizabeth office only on November 1st.
Candy that is collected from the Halloween Candy Buy Back will be donated to a local charity.
For more information on the Halloween Candy Buy Back, don't hesitate to give us a call or ask us on Facebook!
October 15th, 2010
Week after week, Dr. Collins and our creative team at Parker Orthodontics blog about important topics pertinent to orthodontic treatment care and your well-being, including innovative orthodontic techniques Dr. Collins offers at our offices in Parker, Castle Rock and Elizabeth.
Today, however, we thought we’d step back and ask you, our wonderful patients and readers: what’s on your mind? What would you like to know about the always-changing field of orthodontics? What would you like us to focus on our blog in the coming months? Perhaps there’s something you’ve wanted to ask us for a while now? Let us know by posting here or on our Facebook page!
Take it away and our staff will try to answer any questions you may have! Have a wonderful weekend!
September 24th, 2010
We hope you're having a great Friday! We'd like to remind you that we're having a Pet Contest at our office through November 30th!
If you haven't already, post a photo of your pet on our Facebook page by 11/30 and you can win:
*$100.00 PetSmart gift card for the Grand Prize
*$50.00 to PetSmart for 2nd and 3rd-place winners
Please make sure to include the name of your pet with your photo!
Note: your friends will have to "Like" us on Facebook and vote for cutest pet. The winners will be from both offices (whoever gets the most votes).
GOOD LUCK and have a great weekend!
July 2nd, 2010
Besides being recognized as one of the top orthodontists in the Denver area by 5280 Magazine, Dr. Jeff Collins and Parker Orthodontics been recognized as the "Best of the Best" in Parker by our wonderful patients and The Colorado Community Newspapers.
We are, of course, thankful to all of you patients who chose us Dr. Collins as your orthodontist! For Dr. Collins, orthodontics is more than just a job; it's a true passion. It is a passion he shares with each and every patient, staff, friends and family.
Our entire staff at Parker Orthodontics wish you a safe, relaxing and happy Independence Day weekend!
June 20th, 2010
Perhaps you've wondered how Invisalign treatment at Parker Orthodontics manages to straighten teeth without using traditional metal braces? The Invisalign system is a state-of-the-art system of clear, removable aligners that we proudly offer at our convenient offices in Parker, Elizabeth and Castle Rock. Dr. Jeff Collins is a Certified Invisalign Provider in the greater Denver area, offering Invisalign for teens and adults. If you've been wanting to straighten your teeth but are unsure about going through traditional orthodontic treatment, please give us a call to learn if Invisalign is the right treatment for you!
And Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!
June 5th, 2010
As summer rapidly approaches, our staff at Parker Orthodontics strive to continue writing about important topics related to braces and your treatment with Dr. Jeff Collins.
To help us continue blogging through the course of the long, hot summer, however, we'd like your opinion: What would you like us to focus on our blog over the summer? Perhaps there’s something you’ve wanted to ask Dr. Collins for a while and just haven't found the right opportunity? Give us your ideas by posting here or on our Facebook page!
We hope you have a great rest of the weekend! See you soon!
May 30th, 2010
Dr. Jeff Collins and our highly trained team, are committed to providing you with an outstanding orthodontic experience. With state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable, friendly environment, we look forward to helping you achieve the beautiful, confident smile you have always wanted.
Whether you've visited Parker Orthodontics for a week, months or even years, we'd love to hear your feedback about how our practice is faring! There are lots of ways you can share your thoughts about our practice with the rest of the world, but we encourage you to head to our Google Local page and write a review there. Or, you may review us on Yelp if you'd like. After all, reviews help Dr. Collins and team create more beautiful smiles in Parker, Elizabeth, Castle Rock and the greater Denver metro area!
You may write a review here. Thanks in advance and enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend! Dr. Collins and our team look forward to reading your reviews!
April 12th, 2010
Dr. Jeffrey Collins and our team are proud to announce our team was named by 5280 Magazine as one of the top orthodontic practitioners in the Denver metropolitan area. The list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of local dentists and professionals by their peers.
Thank you, also, to our dear patients, for recommending us and writing such great reviews over the last year! Our team at Parker Orthodontics is extremely honored to be named among the best in Denver!