August 19th, 2010
You might remember us discussing the need to wear a mouthguard two weeks ago, but last Thursday, Fox Channel 31 came out to our office to do a story on our Mouthguard Day. In conjunction with Elizabeth Family Dental, Dr. Collins and our staff provided close to 150 custom mouthguards!
This is our 4th year that we have provided free custom mouthguards for the Elbert County School sports teams. Only by using a mouthguard can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries on the field. Not only do they protect your mouth and appliances, but they give you and your parents peace of mind when you're on the field this fall!
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!
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!
July 2nd, 2010
Besides being recognized as one of the top orthodontists in the Denver area by 5280 Magazine, Dr. Jeff Collins and Parker Orthodontics been recognized as the "Best of the Best" in Parker by our wonderful patients and The Colorado Community Newspapers.
We are, of course, thankful to all of you patients who chose us Dr. Collins as your orthodontist! For Dr. Collins, orthodontics is more than just a job; it's a true passion. It is a passion he shares with each and every patient, staff, friends and family.
Our entire staff at Parker Orthodontics wish you a safe, relaxing and happy Independence Day weekend!
June 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!
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!
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!
April 26th, 2010
April - which is National Facial Protection Month - is almost gone, 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!
April 12th, 2010
Dr. Jeffrey Collins and our team are proud to announce our team was named by 5280 Magazine as one of the top orthodontic practitioners in the Denver metropolitan area. The list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of local dentists and professionals by their peers.
Thank you, also, to our dear patients, for recommending us and writing such great reviews over the last year! Our team at Parker Orthodontics is extremely honored to be named among the best in Denver!