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.”
— MATTHEW SIEVERS, DDS, MS
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. VAN HOOREN, DDS, MS
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.
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
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
- Brush gently in a circular motion.
- Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
- Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
Flossing with Braces
- Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, carefully thread the end between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.
- Carefully floss around the braces.
- Carefully floss around the gum areas.
- Carefully floss around each tooth.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.