Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Sirin moved to California when he was ten years old. Wearing braces at a young age caused him to start thinking about a career in dentistry. As he got older and began considering a profession, dentistry’s appeal got stronger.
Dr. Sirin earned bachelor of science degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of California. As he applied to dental schools, he began traveling and fell in love with the Chicago area. He went on to attend Northwestern University Dental School and earned his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1998. After dental school, Dr. Sirin moved back to California to practice. But after a few years there, he returned to the Chicago area where he has lived and practiced since 2002.
His Treatment Philosophy
According to Dr. Sirin, “My goal is not to just do the same thing every day, but to advance myself and stay ahead of the curve, and to push myself a little more with every patient and every challenge that I encounter. It’s an exciting time to be in dentistry and I am thankful every day that I have the opportunity to do what I love and be a part of this profession.”
Dr. Sirin’s commitment to his goal is evident through the time he spends in post-graduate training. Although the state of Illinois requires dentists to complete 16 hours of continuing education each year, Dr. Sirin completes 100-130 hours yearly—more than six times the requirement. This extensive training often focuses on cosmetic dentistry services such as tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, and porcelain crowns.
Dr. Sirin doesn’t merely want to fix your teeth, he wants to make them look as if they were never broken, decayed, discolored, or misaligned in the first place. He strives to achieve those goals by practicing minimally invasive dentistry without unnecessarily cutting away tooth structure. Dr. Sirin’s philosophy means that he will always strive to be conservative in your dental care. He would much rather prevent a cavity than fill it. To him, a small filling is much better than a large one. He will always try to save your tooth, rather than just extract it.
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Chicago Dental Society
- Illinois State Dental Society
When he is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Sirin enjoys bicycle riding around Elgin, cooking, and traveling.