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May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month, from Dr. Collins & Parker Orthodontics

May 4th, 2012


At Parker Orthodontics, we know image is everything. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having braces may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today’s teens. Well, May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month, and during this time, parents are encouraged to act as positive role models, help stop negative self-images, and improve confidence and security among teenagers.

One of the great ways to improve your confidence is to improve your smile. And that begins with a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Collins. After all, what better time to avoid having crooked teeth in your adulthood?

We invite you to give us a call to schedule a consultation or ask us on Facebook!

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, from Dr. Collins

April 2nd, 2012


Visiting your dentist during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Collins will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy while you have braces, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. The fact is, every hour of every day in the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth-most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our patients about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Your dentist is specifically trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Please let us now if you have any questions about your oral health during your next adjustment appointment. Take care of your teeth!

"What causes crooked teeth?"

February 27th, 2012

There are several reasons why some people's teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. Some people's mouths are too small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift. In other cases, a person's upper and lower jaws aren't the same size or are malformed. Most often, crooked teeth are inherited traits just as the color of your eyes or hair. Other causes of crooked teeth are early loss of baby or adult teeth, undue pressure on the teeth and gums, misalignment of jaw after facial injury, or common oral health problems in children such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, or prolonged use of a bottle or pacifier.

Having crooked teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it can lead to serious health problems as well. Crooked teeth can:

• interfere with proper chewing
• make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis
• strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth

There are several orthodontic procedures that can help correct crooked teeth, and at Parker Orthodontics we have many services that we can customize to meet your needs, including traditional metal braces and Invisalign®, among others. We want you to be proud to show off your smile!

"Hey Dr. Collins! What's the deal with retainers?"

November 7th, 2011

If you recently completed treatment at Parker Orthodontics, we’d like to congratulate you! Now that your braces have been removed, Dr. Jeff Collins will provide—or has provided you at this point—with your own set of retainers.

After braces are removed, your teeth may shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Our team at Parker Orthodontics, however, will always tell you that retainers help provide that stabilization. They are designed to hold teeth in their corrected, ideal positions until the bones and gums adapt to the treatment changes.

Wearing retainers exactly as instructed by Dr. Collins is the best insurance that the treatment improvements last for a lifetime. To learn more about the advantages of wearing retainers after your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Collins, please read this helpful article about retainers from KidsHealth. You may also give us a call!

Year-end insurance reminder from Dr. Collins

October 24th, 2011

Now that holiday season is almost upon us, we wanted to send you a friendly reminder to take full advantage of any flex spend, health savings or insurance benefits that you may have before the end of the year. Our team at Parker Orthodontics realize enrollment deadlines are sometimes a concern. If so, please call our office.

And don't forget ... October marks National Orthodontic Health Month! Straight teeth are important because they are functional, letting you chew and digest food that your body can use. Straight teeth are easier to clean and floss, preventing bacteria from collecting in your mouth. Straight teeth look great in addition to these other positive qualities.

We recommend an initial evaluation of patients at age 7. Dr. Collins can evaluate your child's dental growth and follow their development.

"I just turned 36 - am I too old for braces?"

October 11th, 2011

At Parker Orthodontics, nobody, and we mean NOBODY, is "too old" for braces! In fact, our staff at Parker Orthodontics read a fascinating statistic: adults getting braces has actually jumped 24 percent since 1996! Of course, braces help make your pearly whites strong, healthy and perfectly-aligned, but maybe the reason for the spike in adult braces is this: people want to look and feel great. In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a time when evenly-aligned teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing to invest in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment with Dr. Jeff Collins can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.

If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a complimentary consultation. Please give us a call to set one up and have yourself a great rest of the week!

Parker Orthodontics, supporting National Orthodontic Health Month!

October 3rd, 2011

For our staff at Parker Orthodontics, it's hard to believe October is already upon us! October marks National Orthodontic Health Month, and while month-long event is organized by our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, it gives us a chance to remind our patients which foods they should avoid while wearing braces.

We know there are many treats can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters who are going through treatment with Dr. Collins, and these treats may cause damage that could prolong your treatment time. The AAO recommends our patients avoid the following Halloween treats:

• Caramel
• Nuts
• Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
• Taffy
• Jelly beans
• Hard pretzels
• Licorice
• Bubblegum
• Taco chips
• Ice

If you damage your braces, please give us a call immediately at (303) 841-5500. Typically, minor problems can be solved over the phone. Loose brackets or wires can usually be made more comfortable by applying some wax until the you can come into one of our offices, located in Parker, Castle Rock or Elizabeth.

Happy Monday! Have a wonderful week!

You're Never Too Old to Treat Yourself to a New Smile!

August 1st, 2011

Did you know one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult? We’re living longer and technology is improving, making orthodontic treatment an appealing and safe option for patients of all ages. As the trend toward treatment later in life grows, we’re seeing braces on parents as well as children – and even adult celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani and Nicholas Cage have shown off their braces. It’s never too late to look and feel your best with Parker Orthodontics!

Can Braces Work for Adults?

People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment with Dr. Jeff Collins. The physical process for moving teeth is the same, young or old, which means it’s never too late to address issues such as an overbite or underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, or jaw disorders.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we’ll make a consultation appointment with you. During this meeting we will perform a general assessment of your oral health, discuss options for treatment, and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss matters of cost and insurance. The next step is an orthodontic records appointment in which we take x-rays, photos, and an impression of your teeth. This information drives your unique treatment plan.

What Are the Benefits?

Straightening your teeth can improve your smile, your self-esteem, and your dental health. Technologically advanced new treatments make it easier to identify the option that best fits your lifestyle. Modern techniques and materials have made braces and aligners more effective, comfortable and unobtrusive than ever.

If you think you might benefit from orthodontic treatment, give Parker Orthodontics a call, so we may set up a consultation to determine what type of treatment best meets your needs.

Dr. Collins and Team attend the 2011 American Association of Orthodontists Annual Session in Chicago

June 1st, 2011

To better serve our patients at Parker Orthodontics with the highest quality orthodontic care available, our entire team is committed to continuing education into the exciting world of orthodontics.

One of the ways we improve our service is by attending conferences, meetings and seminars. Dr. Jeff Collins and staff attended the 2011 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session in Chicago that took place May 13th-17th. The AAO Annual Session is an educational event that is one of the largest orthodontic conventions in the world – and one that allows us to consult with orthodontists and current partners from around the country and stay up-to-date on all the latest technologies and orthodontic treatment options available. This, in turn, allows us to give you the best treatment experience possible.

If you’ve got an appointment scheduled with us soon, we invite you to ask Dr. Collins about his Chicago trip, including what we learned and how continuing education and acquisition of new technology helps us treat you more effectively.

Visit our Facebook Page to check out our photos from the event.

Braces-Friendly Recipe: Watermelon Sorbet

May 27th, 2011

With the weather starting to heat up, what would be better than a cold (braces-friendly) treat? You're in luck! Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have just the thing for you. Below you'll find the complete recipe for Watermelon Sorbet. Enjoy!

Watermelon Sorbet

Ingredients

¾ cup water
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 to 3 cups watermelon, diced, no seeds or rind

Directions

In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and lime juice on medium high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chill this “syrup” at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, place the watermelon chunks in a food processor or blender and liquefy them. Add the chilled syrup to the watermelon puree and blend. Freeze sorbet in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

-Dr. Jeff Collins and team

Visualize your new smile with the Brace Painter!

May 9th, 2011

Braces at Parker Orthodontics are more fun than ever! With the Brace Painter, parents and children are able to “paint their braces,” and visualize how teeth will look with different colors of bands.

The Brace Painter allows for you to select different colors, and then assign those colors of bands to certain teeth. Now, you can visualize your braces before you even come in for your appointment!

As always, please let Dr. Jeff Collins know if you have any questions about the Brace Painter, or your orthodontic treatment at Parker Orthodontics. Have a great week!

Imagining your life with Invisalign® at Parker Orthodontics

April 29th, 2011

Are you wondering what Invisalign treatment is really like, and what effect it will have on your day-to-day activities? Will it slur your speech? Will people know you're in treatment? You're not alone in your concerns! Dr. Jeff Collins and our team thought we’d share this list of questions and answers for anyone pondering Invisalign treatment at Parker Orthodontics.

How exactly does Invisalign work?

Using 3-D computer imaging technology, Invisalign creates a series of custom-made, clear aligners exclusively for your teeth, based on the treatment plan that we specify for you. Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

Will I experience pain during treatment?

Most people experience temporary discomfort for a few days after a new aligner is placed. This feeling of pressure is normal and is a sign that Invisalign is working by sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination.

Can other people see that I'm in treatment?

One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

Can I smoke during treatment?

We discourage smoking while wearing the aligners as they may become discolored.

Are there any foods I shouldn’t eat while in treatment?

You can eat normally during the entire course of treatment. One of the advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. Simply take the aligners out before each meal, brush when you're finished eating, then reinsert the aligners afterward.

What about chewing gum?

We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks, as gum and other chewy substances can stick to the aligners.

How often must I wear my aligners?

Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing, and flossing.

Will my speech be affected by the aligners?

As with any orthodontic treatment, aligners may temporarily affect your speech. If this does happen, your tongue will adjust within a day or two and your speech should return to normal.

How do I clean my aligners?

The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water.

How often must I visit Parker Orthodontics during treatment?

For most patients, visits every 4-6 weeks are frequent enough for us to determine that your treatment is progressing properly. Dr. Collins will provide you with a specific schedule that supports your individual treatment plan.

Dr. Collins is a Certified Invisalign® Provider in the greater Denver area. If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, please give us a call.

Parker Orthodontics, Taking Steps to Reduce Our Environmental Impact

April 22nd, 2011

We are living in an age with a renewed commitment to conservation, and are frequently reminded to recycle, reduce and reuse. Today is Earth Day, and we thought this would a great time to discuss the things that Parker Orthodontics does to conserve our natural resources and the environment.

Did you know that we offer patients account access 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Our office has convenient and secure online services with Sesame 24-7™. Patients can also receive appointment reminders through email or text messages. Since this information is submitted electronically, we eliminate the use of large amounts of paper and printing materials.

Dr. Jeff Collins and our team would love to hear how you minimize your impact on the environment. Leave us a comment below or you can also visit our Facebook page and post something on our wall.

Happy Earth Day!

HOW TO: Floss with braces

April 15th, 2011

Dr. Jeff Collins will tell you that keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces. Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you'll experience better results and could possibly reduce your treatment time.

Here is a very concise video explaining the proper way to floss your teeth with braces. Give Parker Orthodontics a call if you have more questions about flossing. Enjoy!

A great BRACES-FRIENDLY spring recipe! From Parker Orthodontics

April 1st, 2011

Winter is over, and the weather is finally starting to get warmer. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) made an appetizing (and braces-friendly!) spring dish that is sure to delight. Remember, a healthy diet provides essential nutrients and helps you achieve the best possible result from your orthodontic treatment.

Soy Simmered Chicken Wraps

Ingredients:
• 3 boneless chicken breast halves
• 2 large onions, chunked
• Small flour tortillas (pkg. of ten) wheat or white
• (optional: 10-16 oz. of cooked chopped broccoli)
• ¼ cup soy sauce
• ¼ cup water
• 2 Tablespoons honey
• 1/8 teaspoon ginger
• 2 Tablespoons peach or apricot jam
• 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Directions

In a slow cooker, or a large pan on the stove, layer the onions and the chicken breast. Allow at least three hours in the slow cooker on medium, or at least one hour on the stove—the longer the better, but you don’t have to do anything to it while it cooks. Spoon out the chicken onto a cutting board, and with a knife and fork, shred the chicken as finely as you’d like. In a small saucepan, stir all sauce ingredients together over medium heat until the mixture starts bubbling, then let it simmer for five minutes on low heat to thicken. In a serving bowl, stir sauce and onion into chicken; if you’d like, add cooked chopped broccoli. Makes about six to eight servings.

Enjoy this great spring dish and have a great week!

--From Dr. Jeff Collins and team

Braces 101 with Parker Orthodontics

February 22nd, 2011

If you sustain any damage to your braces and need to call Parker Orthodontics, we can help you more effectively if you can tell us exactly which piece is in trouble! Here’s a handy diagram and corresponding list of all the parts that make up your braces.


Elastic Tie: Tiny rubber band that fits around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Archwire: The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along. It's changed periodically throughout treatment, as teeth move to their new positions.

Loop in Archwire: Frequently used for closing space left by an extraction. Many archwires don't have a loop.

Bracket: Small attachment that holds the archwire in place. Most often, a bracket is cemented directly onto the tooth's surface, eliminating the need for a band.

Headgear Tube: Round, hollow attachment on the back bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into it.

Coil Spring: Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

Tie Wire: Fine wire that is twisted around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Band: A thin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth.

Hook: Welded or removable arm to which elastics (rubber bands) are attached.

Elastic (Rubber Band): Small rubber band that is hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.

Hope this helps! Give us a call if you have any questions!

Getting braces, all the cool kids are doing it!

February 9th, 2011

Braces today are “cool” and—many would say—even “fun.” These were among the findings of a 2010 nationwide survey of moms whose children are going through or have had orthodontic treatment. New technologies such as In-Ovation and the Damon System, advanced computer software, color options, and even popular celebrities—Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Serena Williams—sporting stylish braces are making orthodontic treatment more comfortable, fashionable and cool for today’s teens.

The study, conducted on behalf of our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists for February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, found 86 percent of moms reporting that braces are cooler today than when they were children. Sixty-nine percent of moms also said wearing braces makes their children feel cool, and 81 percent reported their children’s experience with orthodontic treatment as either positive or extremely positive.

Different color options and the ability to change colors, for example, provide exciting ways for young patients to customize appearances. That enthusiasm helps them to feel good about their orthodontic treatment with Dr. Jeff Collins, and may contribute to the success of treatment.

Has your child or teen visited Parker Orthodontics for a consultation? If not, please give us a call and let us help your child begin the journey to a gorgeous smile!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, from Parker Orthodontics

February 2nd, 2011

Each February for the past 61years, the American Dental Association (ADA) has sponsored National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

For kids wearing braces, brushing and flossing can become more difficult, requiring extra time and vigilance to remove food particles that accumulate on and between the teeth and in braces.

If the health of your teeth is ignored during treatment with braces, the results can be significantly compromised. Dr. Jeff Collins is available and happy to explain why effective brushing and flossing is one of the most critical actions needed from patients during orthodontic treatment. Have you visited us lately? Give us a call and schedule an appointment!

Ask Dr. Collins: Why is it so important to have straight teeth?

January 25th, 2011

Some people wonder why Parker, Elizabeth and Castle Rock CO orthodontist Dr. Jeff Collins and our team work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly-aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth at Parker Orthodontics can keep them healthier? Straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your own natural teeth for a lifetime!

Straight teeth are less prone to decay, because they collect less plaque—the sticky colorless substance that forms on our teeth and leads to tooth decay; and they are easier to keep clean!

If you’re wondering whether your teeth might cause problems because they are out of alignment, please give us a call to set up a consultation. Dr. Collins can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Staying connected with Parker Orthodontics

December 9th, 2010

At Parker Orthodontics, we embrace technology, whether it’s through the innovative orthodontic treatments Dr. Jeff Collins offers, our high-tech web site or our Facebook fan page. As you can probably tell, we love connecting with our patients online, whether it’s by sharing news on our blog or communicating ideas on our fan page. For social media to work, though, we understand that conversation is vital, and that’s why we invite you to join in and tell us what’s on your mind. Although social networks are hugely popular these days, we know they’re unpredictable and ever-changing.

While we take a little time to research how to best use social media, we thought we’d ask you, our loyal patients: How would you like us to use our social networks? What would you like us to share on our blog? Please post your thoughts or give us a call!

Parker Orthodontics partners with Toys for Tots ‎

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!

Thanks to Invisalign at Parker Orthodontics, parents can have a great smile, too!

November 29th, 2010

Hey parents! Focusing on your kids' teeth and oral health so much that you're neglecting your own? If you've been thinking about having your own set of perfectly-aligned teeth, Dr. Collins and our staff at Parker Orthodontics can help! We are specially trained to offer an adult-friendly option for straightening teeth called Invisalign.

This course of treatment consists of a set of clear aligners that are molded to fit your teeth and are to be worn all day and night, except for meals, brushing, and flossing, when you can easily slip them out to make eating and cleaning a snap!

Because they're clear, your teeth will be steadily straightening – and no one will know it but you! To learn more about Invisalign, please give us a call to set up a complimentary consultation, so we can discuss the specifics of your treatment.

Ask Dr. Collins: Do cold germs really live on toothbrushes?

November 17th, 2010

You may have heard something about about the germs that supposedly live on your toothbrush and wondered if it's really a cause for concern. Fall is upon us, and with it comes the dreaded cold and flu season. After recovering from your cold, Dr. Jeff Collins and our staff at Parker Orthodontics will tell you one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is replacing your toothbrush!

Germs can linger on the bristles, and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart - keep a spare, just in case! To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:

• Wash your hands before and after brushing

• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen

• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster

• Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!

Hope these tips help! Feel free to call us at Parker Orthodontics if you have any questions or ask us on Facebook.

Is your contact information current?

November 10th, 2010

There is nasty weather ahead this fall and winter! Please help us get prepared by calling us and letting us know if you have any new phone numbers or if your contact information has changed!

At times of power outages and bad weather, we need to be able to get a hold of you. Please contact us at (303) 841-5500 with any updates to phone numbers and addresses, so we may be able to reach you. Thank you and Happy Holidays from Dr. Collins and our entire team at Parker Orthodontics!

Parker Orthodontics want to know: How was your Halloween?

November 2nd, 2010


Happy November, everybody! Believe it or not, we’re almost in full holiday mode! But before we forget about the spooky month that was, we’d like to know how you celebrated Halloween! What did you wear? How much candy did you get? Did you have fun?

If you have any photos or videos from Halloween night that you would like to share with Dr. Collins and our staff, please send them our way or feel free to post them on our Facebook page! We hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween! Also, what are you up to this month? Anything exciting happening in your life? If so, we’d love to hear all about it.

Lastly, have you been in for a dental checkup lately? It’s important that you see your general dentist, as well as visiting Parker Orthodontics. If you have questions about your orthodontic treatment or just want some general information, give us a call or ask us during your next visit!

Have a great rest of the week!

In love with your smile? Then we invite you to review Parker Orthodontics on Google!

October 27th, 2010


With state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable, friendly environment, Dr. Jeff Collins and our team are committed to providing you with an outstanding orthodontic experience. Whether you’ve just come in for a complimentary initial consultation or your family has been visiting our convenient Parker or Castle Rock office for years, we’d love to hear your feedback. You can write a review on our Google page!

Your generous reviews help Dr. Collins and our team create more and more beautiful smiles!

Thank you in advance! We hope you all had a wonderful rest of the week!

Annual Candy Buy Back at Parker Orthodontics!

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!

Your turn! From Parker Orthodontics

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!

Dr. Collins and Parker Orthodontics, dispelling the myths about braces

October 8th, 2010

Happy Friday! Dr. Collins and our staff understand there are quite a few myths about orthodontists circulating around these days. Before you buy into those myths, we think you should get the facts! We came across a great site that helps set the record straight. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists have some excellent information on the myths and facts about braces - we encourage you to check them out today!

Hope this helps. Have a great weekend,

- Dr. Collins and the Parker Orthodontics team

Reminder: Pet Contest at Parker Orthodontics!

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!

Reminder: Pet contest through Nov. 30th!

September 9th, 2010


Happy Thursday! We'd like to remind all our wonderful patients to keep posting photos of their pets on our Facebook page!

If you haven't already, post a photo of your pet on our Facebook page through November 30th 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 and the office where you’re seen by Dr. Collins!

Note: your friends will have to "Like" us on Facebook and vote for cutest pet. The winners will be from both offices (who ever gets the most votes).

GOOD LUCK!

What's on your fall reading list?

September 7th, 2010

It's almost fall, which means back to school time for most of our patients at Parker Orthodontics. Today, we wanted to remind all our patients about the importance of reading.

In addition to textbooks, it's always great to pick up a great novel or a comic book. Today, we thought we’d ask: What's on YOUR fall reading list? What are some of your all-time favorites?

Out of ideas for great fall reads? Ask us for suggestions, and Dr. Collins and staff would be happy to provide a few suggestions. You may also ask a local librarian for some ideas or check out these fall reading ideas that we came across today, courtesy of Borders.

Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your fall picks or your all-time favorites on our Facebook page!

Pet Contest at Parker Orthodontics!

August 24th, 2010

Our staff at Parker Orthodontics is proud to unveil our new patient contest. Errr, pet contest!

Here’s how it works: Now through November 30th, submit a photo of your pet on our Facebook page and your friends will have to "Like" us on Facebook and vote for cutest pet. The winners will be from both offices (who ever gets the most votes).

By posting, you will be automatically entered for a chance to 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 and the office where you’re seen by Dr. Collins!

GOOD LUCK!

Ask Dr. Collins: When should my child come in for a consultation?

July 10th, 2010

Many parents here in Parker, Castle Rock, Elizabeth and surrounding communities around Denver assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to come in for a consultation with Dr. Jeff Collins, only to find that treatment would have been much easier if started sooner. Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven?

That's right - seven.

Orthodontic evaluation at an early age provides one of two positive outcomes: For some, early identification or problems will lead to easier or shorter orthodontic treatment in the future. For others, a healthy prognosis will provide immediate peace of mind.

Early evaluation, Dr. Collins will tell you, may signal a need for early treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma. Aside from years of harmful teasing, crooked teeth are also prone to injury and detrimental to good oral hygiene. So if your child is nearing age seven, we invite you to give us a call at Parker Orthodontics to schedule a complimentary initial consultation.

Have a GREAT rest of your weekend everyone!

Parker Orthodontics, "Best of the Best" 10 years in a row!

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!

More happy patients at Parker Orthodontics!

June 26th, 2010


Dr. Jeff Collins and our dedicated team love getting patient testimonials from current and former patients. Here are a few reviews we received recently on our Facebook page - our patients like us and we LOVE them back!

"Parker Orthodontics is the best is the business! Thanks for everything! Wouldn't have gone anywhere else!" ~ Austin G.

"I am getting married in two weeks and with my lingual braces no one will even know I have braces on during the big day! Thank you all SO much!" ~ Lauren F.

"Everyone at Parker Orthodontics are so nice and caring! They all, especially Dr.C, all really do care that my smile looks great in the end! Thank you sooo much" ~ Jenna P.

"Your office is always fun and everyone is happy! Thanks for giving me a great smile!" ~ Lauren K.

"Love the patience of all the ladies and Dr. Collins. The office has a family feel to it and I love that the workers take their time to make my kids comfortable." ~ Kim B

Invisalign at Parker Orthodontics: How does it work? [Video]

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!

Ask Dr. Collins: Am I too old for treatment?

June 12th, 2010

At Parker Orthodontics, nobody, and we mean NOBODY, is "too old" for braces! In fact, our staff at Parker Orthodontics read a fascinating statistic: adults getting braces has actually jumped 24 percent since 1996! Of course, braces help make your pearly whites strong, healthy and perfectly-aligned, but maybe the reason for the spike in adult braces is this: people want to look and feel great. In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a time when evenly-aligned teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing to invest in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment with Dr. Jeff Collins can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.

If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a complimentary consultation. Please give us a call to set one up and have yourself a great rest of the weekend!

Write a review of Parker Orthodontics!

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!

With Dr. Collins and Parker Orthodontics, 24/7 access to your account

May 17th, 2010

At Parker Orthodontics, we embrace new technology, whether it's through the innovative orthodontic treatments Dr. Collins offers, our social networks, or our modern offices serving Parker, Castle Rock, Elizabeth and the Denver metro area.

Did you know that Dr. Collins' patients have access to their account 24 hours a day, seven days a week—all through our web site? You may look up your appointments and all of your account details at your convenience, from the comfort of your own home! You can even receive appointment reminders through email or text messages!

"I can view pictures and the financial parts to decide when I should get things done." ~ Cody O.

"I enjoy the visual reminder for appointments and love the ease of pay online." ~ Chris H.

"Dr. Collins seems to be aware of new proceedures when they are available and keeps his office and employees in a very professional way. He shows me that he opts to use the most current technical support equipment making his customers feel comfortable. He really gives one the impression he is interested in them and cares about them with his gifts and contests to make your visits more enjoyable and exciting. "A Comfortable Environment!" ~ Richard K.

"Appointment and account info readily available." ~ Calvin M.

"With the My photos piece it reminds us of the progress we are making and how although braces aren't fun - the end results are magnificent." ~ Anna J.

You, too, can sign up for this convenient service on our web site by clicking on the "Patient Login" button on our homepage. Please give us a call if you have any questions about getting started and enjoy your week!

Ask Dr. Collins: Who benefits from braces?

April 8th, 2010

Braces aren’t just for pre-adolescents and teenagers anymore! Dr. Jeff Collins will tell you that anyone, at any age, can benefit from orthodontic treatment, whether it’s correcting a problem not treated in your younger years, or catching a problem early.

To ensure the best overall treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, recommends that children receive an orthodontic consultation as early as age seven. If a problem is evident, taking action early can spare a lot of treatment and expense down the road.

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. Dr. Collins and our team are committed to providing you with an outstanding orthodontic experience. If you never received orthodontic treatment when you were young, don’t worry! At Parker Orthodontics, you’re never too old for a beautiful smile. Set up an appointment for a consultation and find out how adult orthodontics will transform your smile, as well as your life!

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