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Braces Friendly Eats: PB & J Smoothie

April 9th 2018

Collins Orthodontics Presents: Braces Friendly EatsPB & J SmoothieSay it with us - "Sweet Tooth!"Here’s the video that shows you how to make it: cup plain Greek yogurt 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk 1 T. peanut butter or 2 T. powdered peanut butter 1 T. chia seeds 1 cup strawberries (can use frozen) Handful of ice (unless using frozen...  [Read full blog post]

Braces Friendly Eats: Crockpot Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

November 3rd 2017

Collins Orthodontics Presents: Braces Friendly EatsButternut Squash & Apple SoupNeed some comfort food to squash your worries? We've got you covered!Here’s the video that shows you how to make it: 6 – 8 bowlsButternut Squash and Apple Soup-2 cups vegetable or chicken broth-2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced-1 carrot, peeled and diced-1 Granny...  [Read full blog post]

Braces Friendly Eats: Pesto Pasta

October 6th 2017

Collins Orthodontics Presents: Braces Friendly EatsPesto PastaReady to Noodle Around?Here’s the video that shows you how to make it: 4Pesto Pasta2 cups, fresh basil2 T pine nuts2 T unsalted butter1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (NOT the powder in the can, trust us!)1/2 t. salt1 box, pasta of your choiceWhat You’ll...  [Read full blog post]

Braces Friendly Eats: Potato Leek Soup

August 29th 2017

Collins Orthodontics Presents: Braces Friendly EatsPotato Leek SoupTime for Some Comfort Food!Here’s the video that shows you how to make it: Leek SoupServings: 48 cups of chicken or vegetable broth 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces 4 leeks (white/light green parts only), thoroughly washed and sliced3 stalks celery, roughly chopped1 bay leaf1/2 t...  [Read full blog post]

Braces Friendly Eats: Creamy Clementine Smoothie

August 8th 2017

Collins Orthodontics Presents: Braces Friendly EatsCreamy Clementine SmoothieCraving the perfect blend?Here’s the video that shows you how to make it: 1Creamy Clementine Smoothie1 cup, milk4 clementines, peeled2 small (or 1 large) bananas½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 handful of iceWhat You’ll NeedBlender/Food...  [Read full blog post]

Braces Friendly Eats: Avocado Chicken Salad

June 10th 2017

Collins Orthodontics Presents: Braces Friendly EatsAvocado Chicken SaladTime to mix things up!Here’s the video that shows you how to make it: 1 bowlAvocado Chicken Salad2 cups, shredded cooked chicken1 ripe avocado½ tsp, garlic powder½ tsp each, salt and pepper2 tsp, fresh lime juice2 T, fresh cilantro½ cup, plain Greek yogurtFresh lettuce...  [Read full blog post]

Braces Friendly Eats: Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream Soda (aka "The Minne-Soda")

May 20th 2017

Collins Orthodontics Presents: Braces Friendly EatsChocolate Coffee Ice Cream Soda (aka "The Minne-Soda") Pour on something sweet!Here’s the video that shows you how to make it: 1 tall glassChocolate Minne-SodaHaagen-Daazs coffee ice cream (accept no substitutes!!!)¼ cup of milk2 tablespoons, chocolate syrupCream SodaWhat You’ll Need1...  [Read full blog post]

Braces Friendly Scrambled Egg Muffins

April 11th 2017

Collins Orthodontics Presents: Braces Friendly EatsScrambled Egg MuffinsLook out, Egg McMuffin!Here’s the video that shows you how to make it: 12 muffins Scrambled Egg Muffins1 dozen large eggs½ cup milkSalt/pepper¾ cup grated cheese of your choosing What You’ll NeedLarge bowl12 Cup Muffin Cooking TinCooking spray¾ cup grated cheese of...  [Read full blog post]

Braces Friendly Banana Oat Chia Pancakes

March 8th 2017

Collins Orthodontics Presents: Braces Friendly EatsBanana Oat Chia PancakesBananas and oats, see how they stack up!Here’s the video that shows you how to make it: 2-4Banana Oat Chia Pancakes1 cup rolled oats2 large eggs1 ripe banana1 tablespoon chia seeds1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 tablespoon coconut oil (plus extra for cooking)1/4 cup milk...  [Read full blog post]

Jenna's Famous "Braces Friendly" Molten Lava Cake Recipe

April 7th 2016

By Jenna Jensen-Licensed Dental Assistant at Collins OrthodonticsThis "braces friendly" dessert is the ultimate go-to for all chocolate lovers, especially the ones who love rich dark chocolate, like me! You can ask all my co-workers, family, and friends - these molten cakes are simply the best! I first started making these with my mom about seven years ago. At that time, both her and I were fans...  [Read full blog post]

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

November 7th 2015

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...  [Read full blog post]

Collins Orthodontics Voted "Best Orthodontist" in Rochester, Minnesota

September 26th 2015

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...  [Read full blog post]

Collins Orthodontics Volunteers with Feed my Starving Children

June 22nd 2015

“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...  [Read full blog post]

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

April 2nd 2015

By Grant C. Collins, DDS, MSOur 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)!...  [Read full blog post]

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

February 2nd 2015

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...  [Read full blog post]

Your Journey to a Great Smile

January 18th 2015

Your Journey to a Great SmileBy 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...  [Read full blog post]

Why I Chose To Live in Rochester, Minnesota

July 16th 2014

 By Grant Collins

, DDS, MS (Orthodontist at Collins Orthodontics in Rochester, MN)I can't feel my hands at all. Or my feet. Or anything really. The 3 millimeters of exposed skin on my face is definitely frost bitten, and my runny nose has instantly turned into an abstract ice sculpture. As I heave another load of snow from the driveway to the snow bank, I can't help but hear the question...  [Read full blog post]

Does Your Child REALLY Need Braces at an Early Age? (...The Answer May Surprise You)

June 10th 2014

By Grant C. Collins, DDS, MSMany of you have read one of the most popular special reports we offer at Collins Orthodontics called "Does My Child Really Need Braces?" (If you don't have a copy, please call my office today and we will be happy to mail you a free copy of the special report: 507-258-5400). However, if you are a busy parent just like me, I know you may not have time to sit down a...  [Read full blog post]

Invisalign: 5 Things You MUST know before starting Invisalign Clear Braces

May 29th 2014

By Grant Collins

1. Invisalign aligners look great...nearly invisible!Honestly, one of the most common reasons why the wonderful people of Rochester, MN and surrounding communities do not want to straighten their teeth is because they do not want to wear traditional metal braces and wires. The great news is that, because of Invisalign, you no longer have to! Invisalign treatment consists...  [Read full blog post]

Are All Orthodontic Clear Braces in Rochester, MN Really Clear? The Answer May Surprise You...

April 20th 2014

By Grant Collins

It's scientific fact that one full mouth of "old school" style metal orthodontic bands is enough to create all the characters needed for 2 entire Transformers movies (I made that up). But yikes, no wonder people hated braces back then! At Collins Orthodontics in Rochester, MN, we offer the newest and most esthetic treatment options including clear braces, Invisalign, and...  [Read full blog post]

Fluoride and Brushing Your Children's Teeth in Rochester, MN

March 23rd 2014

By Grant Collins

The American Dental Association has updated their guidelines for brushing children's teeth. Here's what you need to know about the update:Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as the teeth erupt, instead of waiting until children are older. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a...  [Read full blog post]

Invisalign, Braces, and Clear Braces Patient Testimonials about Dr. Collins as Their Orthodontist in Rochester, MN

February 26th 2014

By Grant Collins

Of all the things that you need to consider before choosing your orthodontist in Rochester Minnesota, the MOST important item is that you (or your child) is comfortable around the orthodontist! Select an orthodontist that not only cares about your smile, but also about your well-being. If it is your child needing treatment, it is important that your orthodontist is a...  [Read full blog post]

Invisalign Clear Braces at Collins Orthodontics in Rochester, MN

February 1st 2014

By Grant Collins

Notice anything different about Marika’s smile? She’s actually wearing her Invisalign aligners in this picture (Dr. Collins is so proud!). So what is Invisalign, you ask? It's simple! Invisalign is a modern technique used for straightening teeth, where the process involves using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligners are made of...  [Read full blog post]

Invisalign Teen Patient's Smile Featured at Collins Orthodontics in Roch...

January 19th 2014

By Grant Collins

A former Invisalign Teen patient of Dr. Grant Collins was in for quite the surprise at the Collins Orthodontics Open House when she saw a photo of her beautiful smile up in the new Rochester, MN orthodontic clinic! To get a smile as beautiful as Cathern's, make sure to request your FREE initial consultation or call us at 507-258-5400!Still not sure what...  [Read full blog post]

Invisalign, Teeth Whitening and Braces for Weddings in Rochester, Minnesota

January 4th 2014

By Grant Collins

What a great day at The Wedding Extravaganza! Huge shout out to the handful of future grooms that showed up today as well…even on an NFL playoff day! We’ll announce the winners for the contest this week on the Collins Orthodontics Facebook page, so make sure to like the page before we draw names (must like the page to win!). Cheers to all the brides-to-be who showed...  [Read full blog post]