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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!

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!

Do we have your current contact info?

November 12th, 2011

There is nasty weather ahead this fall and winter here in Colorado! 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!

"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.

Halloween Candy Buy Back at Parker Orthodontics!

October 17th, 2011

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 7th, and in our Elizabeth office only on November 7th.

Candy that is collected from the Halloween Candy Buy Back will be donated to the Parker Food Bank.

For more information on the Halloween Candy Buy Back, don't hesitate to give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

"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!

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!

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!

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!

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