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Ask Dr. Collins: "What should I expect during my initial consultation?"

May 7th, 2012

Great question! When you first come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Collins will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you.

Your orthodontic evaluation will consist of an oral and facial examination to assess your oral health. We will have you take intraoral and facial photographs as well as panoramic and cephalometric X-rays to help determine the proper orthodontic treatment method. Then, an impression of your teeth and bite will be taken to construct a model of your mouth. (This will help us when examining your diagnostic records).

Then, will discuss your options with you. Our team feels it’s important to take the time to carefully examine your diagnostic records after your consultation so that we can more thoroughly prepare for your treatment at Parker Orthodontics. This additional preparation will ensure that you receive the best orthodontic care possible. At this time, we encourage you to ask us any questions you may have about your treatment.

If you are seeking orthodontic treatment for your child, our staff asks that both you and your child attend the initial consultation. We feel it is important that both you and your child completely understand the doctor’s recommendations before we proceed with treatment.

Give us a call today and schedule a consultation! We look forward to building your great smile!

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!

Dr. Collins wants to know: Do you know where your mouth guard is?

March 5th, 2012


Spring is almost here, but not before Dr. Collins and team remind all our young athletes in orthodontic treatment to play it safe when out on the field. After all, nearly 60,000 people injure their faces annually while participating in sports activities, and teenagers account for 80 percent of all sports-related trips to the emergency room.

Here are a few ways to ensure your mouth’s safety this spring, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists:

1. Wear mouth guards for contact sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.
2. Wear a helmet
3. Wear protective eyewear
4. Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
5. Be alert, even as a spectator

We hope these tips help. Dr. Collins will tell you protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact Parker Orthodontics. And remember to stay safe and have fun!

"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!

Parker Orthodontics, reminding you to protect your mouth

December 27th, 2011


With winter sports almost underway, Dr. Collins and our staff would like to take this time to remind our young athletes in orthodontic treatment to take care of both your mouth and appliances while participating in contact sports (and non-contact sports) this winter. Remember, only by using a mouth guard can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries on the field. The next time you're in for a visit at Parker Orthodontics, be sure to ask us for a mouth guard, and we will provide one for you!

We hope you're having a great holiday season!

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

Your pal, fluoride

March 7th, 2011

There are so many ways you protect your teeth throughout your treatment with Parker Orthodontics. You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and protect your mouth and appliances from being damaged. But did you know there is another, often forgotten about, way to keep your teeth clean and healthy during your treatment? Fluoride – a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay – can help keep your teeth strong! Fluoride comes in two varieties: topical and systemic. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth. Topical fluoride includes toothpastes and mouth rinses. Systemic fluorides are swallowed in the form of a dietary supplement.

Fluoride used in the orthodontists’ office is often times a stronger concentration than in toothpaste or mouthwash, but is available at some drug stores or a pharmacy (ask your doctor how to purchase professional strength fluoride). A fluoride treatment typically takes just a few minutes. After the treatment patients may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six or 12 months. Your doctor may also prescribe a fluoride product such as mouthwashes, gels or antibacterial rinses for at-home treatment.

When choosing your own fluoride product, be sure to check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined and have met the criteria of the ADA for safety and effectiveness.

Take care of your teeth, and smile bright!

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.

At Parker Orthodontics, a pursuit of excellence

January 20th, 2011

At Parker Orthodontics we make every effort to provide you with the best orthodontic treatment. For us that means achieving consistently great results. There are many things that help Dr. Collins do that. Some of them are:

1. Using the most up to date and proven technologies available

2. Spending time and resources on continuing education to stay current and relevant

3. Training our entire team on new techniques

4. Educating our patients about the pursuit of excellence

If you or a family member has been thinking about orthodontic treatment, please give us a call. We look forward to seeing you.

Happy New Year from Parker Orthodontics!

December 30th, 2010

Many folks in Colorado consider the beginning of a new year a time to not only reflect on the year that was, but also to set personal goals for the upcoming year. How are you planning to improve your health and happiness in 2011? Dr. Collins and our team recommend that you make a New Year’s resolution to benefit your oral health!

It is important that New Year’s resolutions are reasonable and attainable, and that they improve your overall quality of life—for example, did you know that flossing every day is the very best way to prevent periodontal, or gum, disease? Using a straw when drinking sugary beverages can also help prevent cavities. There are many small steps that you can take to prevent cavities, oral infections and bad breath.

Be sure to give us a call if you need a few suggestions on ways to improve your oral health, or visit this helpful article from our friends at the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). After all, we know your oral health is about more than just a beautiful smile.

Happy New Year!

-Your friends at Parker Orthodontics

Parker Orthodontics Wishes you Happy Holidays!!

December 23rd, 2010


In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as the team at Parker Orthodontics reflects on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays? Being with your loved ones? Hitting the slopes? A clean slate for 2011? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food?

Please share your thoughts with us by either commenting on this post or on our Facebook Page. Stay warm, and don’t forget to stay away from those sweets!

Carmel, Chocolate, and Candy Canes..Oh MY! Keep your BRACES Sparklin’ Clean this Holdiday Season.

December 14th, 2010

Everyone here at Parker Orthodontics understands that with all these holiday goodies everywhere you look, keeping your braces clean is exceptionally difficult this time of year. But keep in mind, making sure you properly clean your teeth is even more important 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 shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these tips:

One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.

Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.

Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

Fluoride is your friend.
Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

Pointy brushes reach tiny places.
Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.

Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.

Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. If you need help finding the right Dentist for you, feel free to contact our office - we’d love to help!

Hope this helps!

-Dr. Collins and Team

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.

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!

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

Parker Orthodontics, supporting National Orthodontic Health Month!

October 1st, 2010

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.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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!

Ask Dr. Collins: Why the Damon System?

September 15th, 2010

Dr. Jeffrey Collins and our dedicated team at Parker Orthodontics are pleased to offer The Damon® System for our patients in Parker, Castle Rock, Elizabeth and the greater Denver metro area. Damon braces allow your teeth to move more comfortably and easily than traditional braces. Thanks to these innovative new braces, achieving your perfect smile will be faster and easier than you ever thought possible.

Now, you're probably saying, "All right, Dr. Collins. Give me the specifics on how Damon braces are an advantage."

Time-Saving

Damon's innovative technology of self-ligating braces saves you time in orthodontic treatment. The Damon system allows for fewer trips to our office, as well as faster movement of your teeth than with traditional braces. The light forces applied by Damon braces are "biologically compatible" meaning that they work with your body for gentler and quicker tooth movement.

Comfortable

Damon System braces have a unique slide mechanism that allows Dr. Collins to use far lighter forces to move teeth to their correct positions. That makes your treatment not only shorter, but it is also far more comfortable.

Because of its unique sliding door, the Damon bracket allows us to use high-tech, light-force wires to achieve tooth movement. This means less pressure on your teeth for more comfortable treatment. Not every orthodontist uses Damon self-ligating braces. The reason Dr. Collins does is simple: it means your experience in uncovering your radiant new smile will be more comfortable and convenient than ever.

To learn more about the Damon System, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Collins, please give us a call at (303) 841-5500. Happy Wednesday and enjoy the rest of the week!

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!

Ask Dr. Collins: Why visit the dentist during my orthodontic treatment?

August 29th, 2010

If you're brushing twice a day, as well as flossing during your orthodontic treatment, we think that's wonderful. But, remember that it’s also important for you to visit your general dentist every six months in addition to brushing your teeth a couple times a day (and visiting Parker Orthodontics, of course). Our staff will tell you regular dental checkups are vital for maintaining good oral health. Your dentist can:

• Check for problems that might not be seen or felt
• Detect cavities and signs of tooth decay
• Treat oral health problems early
• Show you how to properly brush and floss your teeth during your treatment

During an oral exam, your dentist will check the health of your child’s mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups also typically include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing. If you have not been to the dentist in the past six months, it’s time for you to schedule an appointment!

If you don't have a general dentist in Parker, Castle Rock, Elizabeth, Denver or nearby communities, please ask us and Dr. Jeff Collins will be happy to provide a few great references! We hope you've had an amazing weekend! :)

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!

National Smile Week at Parker Orthodontics!

August 11th, 2010

It’s National Smile Week, and an ideal time for Dr. Collins and our dedicated staff at Parker Orthodontics to remind our patients to practice good oral hygiene to keep those teeth shining during your orthodontic treatment! That of course includes brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding foods that can stain your teeth such as tea and coffee and visiting your general dentist for checkups and cleanings.

And remember to smile at people you come across throughout the week, whether you know them or not! Smiles are contagious, and are GREAT to give and receive. In addition, did you know that smiling can actually help you live longer, according to a recent study? We hope you're having a wonderful summer! We have some great patient contests coming soon - stay tuned!

Dr. Collins, helping you understand cavities

July 19th, 2010

At Parker Orthodontics, we know one word nobody wants to hear when they visit the dentist is Cavity! But what, exactly, is a exactly is a cavity and how do you get one? A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger.

So, what causes a cavity? A cavity is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque is acidic and as it clings to your teeth the acids eat away the outside of the tooth (also called the enamel) and a hole is formed.

According to Cavity-Free at Three, in Colorado,

•18% of 2-4 year olds have dental caries; 16% have untreated decay.
•45.7% of kindergarteners have dental caries; 26.9% have untreated decay.
•57.2% of third graders have dental caries; 26.1% have untreated decay.
•By age 17, 78% of children have had at least one cavity; 7% have lost a permanent tooth to dental decay.

Yes, cavities can be repaired by your general dentist, but here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities:

• Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily
• Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy (when choosing a toothbrush it is recommended to use soft bristles)
• Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach
• Limit the amount of soda and sugary treats you eat/drink
• Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and check-up

We hope this helps! Please give us a call for more tips on your oral health during treatment with Dr. Collins!

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

Tell Dr. Collins and Parker Orthodontics: What should we blog about?

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!

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!

Talkin' retainers with Dr. Jeff Collins

May 26th, 2010

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!

Have a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend everyone!!

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!

More exciting patient contests at Parker Orthodontics!

May 11th, 2010


Our staff at Parker Orthodontics would like to inform you of two exciting patient contests under way: The first is our “Teacher Appreciation” Contest. We ask our patients to write a paragraph on why they feel their teacher deserves an A+. The team gets together and picks a few of their favorites (5-6) and then the winning patients get a pizza party for their whole class. Team members make a fun event of the party, bringing pop (caffeine free), pizza, goodies and practice handouts, etc… The kids love it and of course the teachers think it is the best!

We're also running our annual “Where in the World” contest. We put up a huge World map in the clinic and ask our patients to send in postcards and/or email us photos of themselves on vacation or just in the neighborhood, and then we attach them to the map. Anyone who participates is entered into a drawing for gift certificates and the grand prize winner receives a 4 pack to the local water park. This contest is so much fun, because everyone gets to enjoy the cards and pictures!

Give us a call or stop by if you'd like to participate! We look forward to seeing you!

What sets Parker Orthodontics apart?

May 3rd, 2010

Here are just a few things that separate Parker Orthodontics from the rest in the Denver area:

*Our reception area includes a children's play area for the young children accompanying their parents or siblings to their appointments, plenty of reading material, digital music, television, and a coffee and snack bar.

*Our on-deck area includes a video arcade with hundreds of games on the touch screen computers. We offer incentive programs for our patients to help encourage the fullest possible cooperation with our treatment program.

*Our clinic offers both wide open areas and private treatment rooms for patient comfort and privacy. We have seating for parents who wish to accompany their children back to the clinic.

*We take all diagnostic records in our office using digital photographs and x-rays, and we have an in-house lab for fabrication of all appliances and retainers to maintain the highest quality throughout treatment.

*We offer several types of braces including traditional, self-ligating, clear, Invisalign and the Damon System.

*We use the most up-to-date procedures available during treatment including thermally activated wires and state-of-the-art sterilization.

*We have a well-trained team with several members having worked for Dr. Collins for over fifteen years. Our office is known for our high level of customer service. We receive so many compliments on how pleasant, comfortable and fun it is to be here.

*Dr. Collins has been recognized as the "Best of the Best" in Parker and has been recognized as one of the top orthodontists in the Denver area by 5280 Magazine. He is also a certified provider for Invisalign®, and Dr. Collins has been creating amazing smiles in Parker for over twenty years.

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