Welcome to Embrace Orthodontics

About Us

Our goal is to provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere while you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Welcome to Embrace Orthodontics, a respected provider of orthodontic care in the Lindstrom and Chisago Lakes, Minnesota community. Upon the retirement of Dr. Kevin Denis, Dr. Matthew Sievers and the team at Cambridge Pine City Orthodontics joined Lakes Orthodontics Associates to continue the tradition of exceptional orthodontic care for our patients. Our patients now have the flexibility of scheduling appointments in Lindstrom, Cambridge or Pine City! Our practice’s top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. With the latest advancements in technology and a wonderful orthodontic team, you will feel right at home in our office. Whether you are interested in Invisalign or braces, our board-certified orthodontic specialist will create a beautiful smile.

Meet the Doctors


Dr. Matthew Sievers

“When I entered dental school and later chose to be an orthodontist, I knew that I wanted to impact people’s self-esteem in a positive way and also work with fine details to make big impacts with small changes. Creating beautiful smiles is the most perfect combination.”

Dr. Matthew Sievers is a board certified orthodontist, a voluntary certification by the American Board of Orthodontists that requires passing a rigorous written exam and an oral examination with presentation of real patient cases.

Since graduating from Orthodontic Residency at the University of Minnesota, he has continued to seek out continuous learning in the field of orthodontics, including advanced training of Invisalign technology. This training has allowed him to provide the most effective, up to date care for your smile.

Dr. Sievers graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Dr. Sievers went on to earn Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the Midwest Society of Orthodontists (MSO), the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists (MAO), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA).

Dr. Sievers takes great delight in spending time with his wife of over 11 years, Ashley, and his beautiful children Jaxon, Keagan and Maeve.



Dr. Van Vooren

“My desire to be an orthodontist started when I had braces as a teen. When I saw the wonderful change in my own smile, I knew I wanted to bring the same joy to others.”

Dr. Allison Van Vooren attended Marquette University earning her Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Science with a minor in Mathematics followed by her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After graduating with her doctorate degree, Dr. Van Vooren earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Van Vooren is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the Midwest Society of Orthodontists (MSO), and the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists (MAO).

Dr. Van Vooren is married to Andrew Van Vooren. She has a golden retriever puppy named Luna. In her leisure time, Dr. Van Vooren enjoys hiking, figure skating, spending time with family, and traveling the world.

What Does Board Certified Mean?

New Patients

    • Start with a Free Consultation
      Your initial FREE consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs.
      After the Consultation
      You’re one step closer to achieving the smile you’ve always wanted! After your consultation, we will schedule a treatment plan presentation appointment where we will review your diagnostic findings and customized treatment plan with you.At the next appointment, Dr. Wang and Dr. Sievers will place your braces or orthodontic appliance. This appointment generally takes about an hour, and during this time our team will be available to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
      Scheduling Appointments
      Visiting our office about every four to eight weeks is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. We will work with you to make sure your appointments are as convenient as possible. When scheduling appointments, please let us know which days and times work best for you.

      We understand that “life happens”! If you’re running late or need to reschedule, please let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. When you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, contact our practice and our friendly scheduling coordinator will assist you. We’re looking forward to working with you.
      Visiting Your Dentist During Orthodontic Treatments
      It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, even during your orthodontic treatment. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure you receive the best possible care.

    • The cost of your orthodontic treatment will vary, depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. Our staff will discuss the cost of your treatment and each available payment plan option with you, so you can make the best choice for yourself and your smile. We will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, and you will know what to expect before beginning treatment.Affordable Payment Plans
      Your smile is yours forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best orthodontic care whenever you need it.

      If you have insurance that covers any portion of your orthodontic treatment, our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork.

      Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage, or ideas about how we can make your entire orthodontic experience a pleasant one.

    • What is Orthodontics?
      Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

      What is an Orthodontist?
      An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience after completion of dental college. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

Getting Started

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.

Wearing Braces


Eating with Braces

Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.

Foods to Avoid

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Brushing and Flossing with Braces

Brushing with Braces

  1. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
  2. Brush gently in a circular motion.
  3. Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
  4. Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Flossing with Braces

  1. Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, carefully thread the end between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.
  2. Carefully floss around the braces.
  3. Carefully floss around the gum areas.
  4. Carefully floss around each tooth.

Orthodontic Treatments

Metal Braces

metal braces

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type, and are more comfortable today than ever. Made of high-grade stainless steel, they straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Ceramic Braces


Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.

Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If you need surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible.




Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.



iTero Scanner

Don’t like messy impressions? No problem! The iTero intraoral scanner is an amazing new dental scanning technology that gives us the best and most accurate dental impressions available making your treatment more convenient, precise and comfortable.



Why Invisalign?

Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign treatment also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

What is it?

Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and have been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to administer Invisalign treatment.

How does it work?

You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions. You’ll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.


We are thrilled to announce our 1st Annual Scholarship Award!! 📚🏆
This year we are giving away a $1000 Scholarship to one noble person that will be graduating and attending post-graduate education.
All are welcome to apply by filling out this Google Form below.
Our Scholarship Committee will meet and choose a winner on May 16, 2020.
Spread the word, we want to celebrate the talent and phenomenal work ethic that we have in our community!

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