Saturday, November 7, 2015

7 Critical Life Moments Your Teen Should Experience with the Perfect Smile

Putting your teen through orthodontic treatment doesn’t just mean a straighter smile after the braces are off. You know their smile will look different once teeth move into the right alignment, but sometimes it’s surprising just how much of a change this can make for your teen and their future.

For most adolescents, braces don’t just mean a healthier, more beautiful smile – they also mean twice the confidence and a brighter future.

Here’s a look at seven life moments you’ll guarantee your teen experiences with the perfect smile and that extra boost of confidence:

1.  Help your teen meet new friends with a smile.

Remember what it was like making friends growing up? It isn’t always easy –those first long term friendships provide a foundation for a lifetime of relationship building- self-esteem and a welcoming smile can make a huge difference.

Meeting new people and making new friends can be intimidating, even for adults, but it’s easier when you have the confidence of a straight smile. After having braces, (and even during treatment), most patients tend to smile more and that makes them act and feel more confident. And definitely makes them more approachable too.

2. Take some stress out of high school sweethearts.

Do you remember your first crush? You thought that he or she was the coolest person alive. Teens and adolescents take that first crush, (or first few!), very seriously. A first date can really be nerve-wracking, and they’ll want to get every minute right!

Teens put a lot of effort into their appearance on most days, but especially on a first date. What should they wear? Does their hair look O.K.? Which parent will give them a ride if they don’t have a car… how much will the parent embarrass them? Being confident in their smile means they have one less thing to worry about!

3. Be sure taking photos is fun.

More than ever, teens and adolescents are constantly using Social Media and taking countless photos with their friends at virtually all times. (A lot of them are taking plenty of themselves too.) Whether they are taking a trip to Disney World or the nearest shopping mall, almost every moment gets documented. 

A straighter, healthier smile means more comfort and confidence in front of a camera. That means your teen will feel comfortable taking pictures with their friends. On Photo Day it means they’ll spend more time on the perfect hair or outfit than they will practicing smiles in front of a mirror – that will come effortlessly. And yes, it also means they may be taking more selfies!

4. Make your teen’s prom perfect.

Prom night is a big occasion for any teenager. For months the school and students prepare for the dance most will only attend once or twice. Not only is it the biggest dance of the year, but it’s the dance that most teens will remember for the rest of their lives.

No expense is spared –there’s the dress or tux and matching corsage and boutonniere, sometimes even a limo or Uber Escalade - and of course, no prom experience is complete without an unstoppable smile.

5. Make sure they wear their cap and gown with a smile.

Whether it’s high school or college, graduation is a hallmark rite of passage for all of us. It’s also a time for friends and family to come together and celebrate your teen’s academic milestone and achievements. Make sure they’re smiling when they take their diploma (and that first big step forward).

6. Help them make stronger impressions at  interviews.

After graduating your teen will be ready to take the next steps to starting a career.  Smiles make an important first impression anywhere, and interviews are no exception. Whether they’re finding an entry level position just out of school, or interviewing for an executive role down the road, you don’t want a smile to hold your teen back in the future.

As surprising (and unfair) as it may sound, candidates who have more confident, straighter smiles have shown a proven advantage over the competition. News networks have reported on this smile phenomenon – why candidates with healthier more attractive smiles are more likely to succeed in their career goals.

The confidence that comes with a straight smile doesn’t hurt either! In fact, it’s a big reason why more people are getting adult braces than ever before.

7. Guarantee a big smile on their big day.

Many of us grow up with dreams of a big white wedding. One day your teen may be walking down the aisle. It’s a life changing occasion for both families and no big day is complete without a beautiful, white smile.

An effortless smile makes every moment better.

No matter what’s going on in your teen’s life, smiling is just all around good for people. Some studies have even linked smiling more to having longer, healthier lives.

Make every moment better for your teen and learn about the best treatment options for your family. Click here and schedule your teen's free consultation at Collins Orthodontics today! 

To your teen's continued success,

Grant Collins

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Collins Orthodontics Voted "Best Orthodontist" in Rochester, Minnesota

By Grant Collins, D.D.S., M.S.

Wow. Just wow...

This past week, I learned that Collins Orthodontics was voted as the Winner for "Best Orthodontist" in the 2015 Reader's Choice Awards for the Rochester Post Bulletin, and I was literally speechless - not because of winning, but rather because of the overwhelming love and support we continually receive from our patients and the Rochester community.  

We are so grateful and inspired by every single one of our patients - your interests, your talents, your positive energy, and your stories.  We are honored and thrilled to even have the opportunity to create beautiful smiles with braces, clear braces, and Invisalign in the Rochester community.

To be voted "Best Orthodontist" in Rochester feels like receiving the nicest gift in the world in which every single one of our patients "pitched in."

And how did the Collins Orthodontics Team react when they first learned of this award?  See for yourself...

Cheers to our "Collins Orthodontics Family" of patients - you have successfully made our entire team feel grateful, thankful, appreciated, and important.  We love you and appreciate you all so much.

-Dr. Collins

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Collins Orthodontics Volunteers with Feed my Starving Children

“I’m STARVING!” are exactly the words that came out of my mouth after missing my usual breakfast and having to wait until lunch for my first meal of the day.  However, those words have taken on new meaning to me after this past weekend.  I spent the day with the Collins Orthodontics Team (and their families) on a Saturday, where we all pitched in to help a non-profit organization called “Feed my Starving Children” to serve children who truly understand the meaning of the word “starving” far greater than me.  Our staff and their children spent the day hand-packing meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. This organization had reached nearly 70 countries around the world, where a single bag of food provides nutritious meals for six children and costs only $1.32 to produce.  Although I LOVE what I do - braces, invisalign, and providing people with amazing smiles - it really is moments of service that mean the most to me.  The times that are most humbling and rewarding for our team at Collins Orthodontics is when we have opportunities like this to serve side-by-side with other wonderful volunteers in our community.  That being said, I leave you with an inspiring quote by Albert Einstein: “Only a life lived in the service to others is a life worth living.”  God Bless.  -Dr. Collins

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Collins Orthodontics thanks Braces and Invisalign Patients with Cinderella Event (Rochester, MN)

By Grant C. Collins, DDS, MS

Our first Patient Appreciation Event at Collins Orthodontics was a success and a ton of fun! We had an amazing evening with our patients and their families at our exclusive pre-release showing of Disney's Cinderella movie! The main highlight of the night - an appearance by "Cinderella" herself (who just so happens to be one of Dr. Collins's former Invisalign patients)! Thanks to all of our Collins Orthodontics patients (i.e. our orthodontic "family") for coming out for a special evening! We always enjoy seeing all of our patients and it was a special treat for us to see them outside of our office! The Cinderella Event was the first of many patient events, and we can’t thank our patients enough for helping to make this event so memorable!

Below are some of the photos from the event.  To see more photos from the event, check out our "Cinderella Facebook Photo Album" on our Collins Orthodontics Facebook Page!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Collins Orthodontics Service Project: Helping Our Youth Serve the Community in Rochester, Minnesota

By Grant Collins, D.D.S., M.S.

One thing that we "like" at Collins Orthodontics is serving people within our community. One thing that we "LOVE" at Collins Orthodontics is WORKING ALONGSIDE OUR YOUTH while serving people within the community! Thanks to the wonderful students, teachers and parents of St. Pius and St. John's, many children in poverty will have the opportunity to have a real cake on their birthdays, and families in need will have items that we often take for granted - toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, towels. I am so proud of these kids for spending an entire day serving others. Our future is in great hands, Rochester! 
#ThePowerOfService #StJohnsServiceProject #StPiusServiceProject #CollinsOrthodontics #HeartForService #Braces #Invisalign #SmileWithConfidence

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Your Journey to a Great Smile

Your Journey to a Great Smile
By Grant Collins, D.D.S., M.S.
(Orthodontist - Rochester, Minnesota)

Have you ever wanted to get braces or Invisalign, but you are worried about what your experience will be like?  What will the orthodontist be like?  Will you be treated with respect?  Will they make you feel badly about your teeth?  Will they treat your child with the same amount of care as they would with their own families?

Going to an orthodontist can be nerve-wracking, and that's understandable!  You will be meeting with new people in a new office, and you are not quite sure what to expect.  For that reason, we have put together a short video called "Your Journey to a Great Smile" so you know exactly what it is like to become a family member (ahem - I mean "patient") at Collins Orthodontics.  Here is a little "peek" inside of our clinic walls to show you what we are all about...

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