MEET DR. COLLINS - AKA "THE BRACES GUY™"

Background & Education

Grant Collins, DDS, MS is a Mayo Clinic-trained orthodontist who grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. He graduated as co-Valedictorian from Century High School, followed by four years of undergraduate education at St. Olaf College. During college, he played on the men’s varsity soccer team for four years and led as team captain his senior year.

In addition to being selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Collins graduated Summa Cum Laude in the top 3% of his class at both St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. During dental school, he received numerous awards for scholarship and clinical ability, including the prestigious Betzner Scholarship, an award given for having “technical skill above and beyond his peers.”

Orthodontic Training

In 2010, Dr. Collins was honored to be the only dentist accepted to Mayo Clinic for his orthodontic training amongst hundreds of top dental school applicants nationwide. He completed the three-year orthodontic residency at Mayo Clinic, where he had the opportunity to further develop his passion for orthodontics. At the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Meeting, Dr. Collins received the 1st place AAO Charley Schultz Award among research participants from all over the world for his cutting edge research on the use of new imaging techniques in orthodontics that are safer for children and patients.

He has also taken the extra step to become a board-certified orthodontist as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Only about 25% of practicing orthodontists nationwide have achieved the status of becoming “board-certified” and Dr. Collins did so within one year of completing his orthodontic training at Mayo Clinic.

The Story Behind The Braces Guy™ (@thebracesguy)

Dr. Collins has become known across the world as The Braces Guy™ (@thebracesguy), as he has positioned himself as the expert in providing educational and fun braces videos and content through various social media channels and online platforms. Via Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and TikTok, The Braces Guy™ has over 500,000 subscribers, and over 100 million likes, shares and comments. The Braces Guy™ has been a source for content in areas including:

  • "How to" videos such as how to make retainers, place braces, and remove braces
  • FAQ videos about braces, teeth whitening and invisalign
  • Braces fashion videos
  • Braces friendly recipe videos
  • Braces colors inspo videos
  • Before / After transformation photos and videos

You can find The Braces Guy™ on the following channels:

Instagram: Instagram.com/TheBracesGuy
TikTok: TikTok.com/@thebracesuy
YouTube: CollinsVideos.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/RochesterOrthodontics
Spotify: CollinsMixedTape.com

Community & Family

Dr. Collins has many interests outside of creating beautiful smiles, including playing the guitar, soccer coaching, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Kimberly, and children Caden, Grayson and Lennon. In addition to coaching and spending time with his family, Dr. Collins also enjoys attending all types of community activities of his patients including theater, dance, music, and sporting events. It is important to him not only to provide his patients with beautiful and healthy smiles, but also to support them within the community.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association Of Orthodontists
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • Midwest Society Of Orthodontists
  • Zumbro Valley Dental Society
  • Beta Beta Chapter Of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Diplomate Of The American Board Of Orthodontists (ABO)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Dr. Collins enjoys coaching soccer, and has volunteered as a coach for the Mayo High School girls varsity soccer team.