Friday, October 19, 2018

What You Need for a Braces Cleaning To-Go Kit

Do you have a hectic schedule that requires you to clean your teeth and braces on the go?

Wondering how you can prepare for on-the-fly dental hygiene?

Not sure what you need to take care of your braces and teeth when you’re out all day?

Dental hygiene is always important, but your teeth do need some extra care when you have braces.

The Ann Arbor orthodontists at Stieper and Brust recommend their patients (and anyone with braces) put together a to-go cleaning kit to be prepared for whatever the day throws at you! Check out our simple list of what to include in your to-go braces cleaning kit.

  • Storage: keep your kit organized and easy to grab by putting everything in a water resistant cosmetic or toiletry bag.
  • Toothbrush: you can’t get the best clean without one of these! Try a travel size to save space or special brushes designed for cleaning braces.
  • Floss: mini flossers or a small pack of dental floss and threaders are a must-have for your cleaning kit.
  • Mirror: it’s much easier to see you’re getting a thorough clean with a mirror, so pack a compact mirror in your kit. 
  • Toothpaste: freshen your breath and get squeaky clean when you include a travel-sized toothpaste in your to-go kit.
  • Dental Wax: not everything about caring for braces focuses on cleaning! Keep a bit of dental wax in your kit to address irritations when you’re on the go.
  • Pain Reliever: unfortunately, braces have been known to cause occasional discomfort, especially after adjustments. Be prepared with a pain reliever in your kit.

Stieper & Brust Orthodontics Know How to Care for Your Smile


The orthodontic experts of Stieper & Brust have much more to offer than great advice on to-go cleaning kits for your braces. Whether you’re looking for a consultation or need to come in for a braces check-up, we’re ready to help you achieve your goals. Give us a call today!

Monday, October 1, 2018

How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy with Braces and a Crazy Schedule

Not sure how to manage your hectic schedule and keep your teeth clean with braces in Ann Arbor?

Are you struggling to keep up with good oral hygiene because of your go-go-go schedule?

Want a simple routine you can follow to keep your teeth healthy with braces?

When you deal with a busy schedule, it seems impossible to fit in any extra commitments. So if you have or are considering braces, the requirements to take care of them may seem overwhelming. But with a simple routine for your oral hygiene, you’ll see that you can manage! Check out our how-to guide for taking care of your braces with a crazy schedule.

  • Be Prepared: One of the hallmarks of a crazy schedule is that you’re often out of the house and probably not in the same place at the same time every day. Under these circumstances, the best way to be prepared to clean your teeth and braces is to bring supplies with you. Put together a to-go kit to make this easier.
  • Drink Up: Drinking water throughout the day will help flush your mouth of debris and bacteria. It’s a super easy and healthy way to keep your mouth clean. You can also rinse with water after eating meals and snacks at times when you can’t brush or floss. Carry a reusable cup or bottle to make this easier.
  • Brush: The standard advice of brushing your teeth after eating still holds true. It’s perhaps even more important with braces because of the tendency for food to get stuck in brackets and wires. Even a quick brush without toothpaste helps clear debris. Get a travel toothbrush or inter-dental toothbrush to make this easier.
  • Floss: Your teeth are hard at work when you have braces, so this is really the time to pamper them with a great flossing routine. Carry threaders and a small pack of floss to make this easier.
  • Wax On: Braces often aren’t without irritation. Whether it’s your gums, cheeks, or lips a slight irritation could become a bigger problem, so you should address it right away. Carry and apply dental wax to make dealing with irritations easier.
  • Avoid Trouble: Stay away from ortho no-nos like gum, whole apples, chewing ice, and popcorn. Keeping these things off limits will help you avoid problems and extra trips to the orthodontist that your schedule can’t afford. Make this easier by treating yourself to braces-friendly foods like ice cream, sliced apples, mints, etc.

Fit Stieper & Brust Orthodontics into Your Schedule to Improve Your Smile


Now that you see how keeping your braces clean in Ann Arbor can fit into your schedule, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Whether you’re looking for a consultation or need to come in for a braces check-up, we’re ready to help you achieve your goals.

Friday, September 21, 2018

How to Keep Your Beautiful Smile After Braces

Are you seeing an orthodontist for help with misaligned teeth and jaw position?

Are you worried that after orthodontic treatment, your teeth will go back to where they were?

 Do you wear retainers since having an orthodontic treatment?


If you wear retainers, you should contact your orthodontist if:

  • You notice an unwanted change in your bite or your smile 
  • If you lose a removable retainer or damage a fixed retainer (one that is bonded in behind teeth)

If you have questions about retainers, or your post-braces orthodontic treatment plan, give us a call today! Our friendly staff will help you schedule a consultation with a doctor, who will put you on the path to a straighter, more beautiful smile.

Visit our website to learn more!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Worried Your Teeth are Shifting After Braces?

Are you worried that after orthodontic treatment, your teeth will go back to where they were?

Just as your body changes throughout your life, your teeth change too! As you grow, there can be problems with tooth placement and jaw position. An orthodontist can help transform misaligned teeth into a healthy, radiant smile.

If you have retainers after wearing braces, you should contact your orthodontist if you notice a shift in your teeth, or are concerned your teeth are moving around!

Read more on our website!

Trust Stieper & Brust Orthodontics with Your Smile 


Our patients say it best:

“I love this office and their staff! Knowledgeable doctors and assistants. They go out of their way to make sure you and your children have the best experience possible! I refer all my friends and family. Wouldn't go anywhere else.” – Jamie Price Lusby

 If you’re self-conscious about your teeth and want to get expert advice, contact a member of our team today! Our friendly staff will help you schedule a consultation with a doctor, who will put you on the path to a straighter, more beautiful smile.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Regular Orthodontist Visits Benefit Overall Oral Health

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just about straightening your teeth. It also includes:

•    Monitoring changes in jaw bones, facial bones, and soft tissue
•    Regularly planned treatments and exams to develop a custom plan for care
•    Assessments of tooth movement and oral health (with adjustments to treatment as needed)




Your orthodontist plays a big role in keeping you healthy! To continue to see improvements with your teeth and overall oral health, regular visits to your orthodontist are necessary.


To learn more, visit our website!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Why Should You Continue Orthodontic Treatment?

Have you recently been told that you need to see an orthodontist?

Do you think that your teeth are straight enough, and wonder why you have to see a specialist for treatment?

Straight, beautiful teeth are just one if the outward signs of orthodontic treatment, but there are many other reasons to continue seeing your orthodontist!

To learn more about how regular orthodontic visits can benefit your health, visit our website!

Friday, July 20, 2018

What to Expect with Invisalign Treatment in Ann Arbor

Trying to decide if Invisalign treatment is the way to go for a straighter smile? Want to know what to expect with treatment before you agree? Not sure how the treatment process with Invisalign works?

Although the treatment tends to be shorter than traditional metal braces, Invisalign is still a significant commitment of time and money. So it only makes sense that you want to know what to expect with your treatment before you can agree to it. Our simple breakdown provides all the essential information about treatment with Invisalign in Ann Arbor, allowing you to be confident in your decision.

The Invisalign Treatment Process


  1. Consultation with a professional trained in Invisalign treatment to determine if the treatment is suitable for you.
  2. Precision 3-D images of your teeth help your provider determine your treatment plan and design your aligners.
  3. Receive your first set of aligners which you will wear day and night except when eating and brushing.
  4. Replace your aligners with a new set every 2 weeks.
  5. Enjoy your brand new smile approximately 12 months later!

Invisalign in Ann Arbor: The Simpler Solution for Your Smile


With Invisalign, the road to an improved smile is a simpler one! You don’t have to worry about food restrictions, special cleaning instructions, uncomfortable sores caused by irritating metal, or any daily disruptions many people experience with traditional metal braces. And with the Elite Invisalign provider, Stieper & Brust Orthodontics, right in the neighborhood, you don’t have to worry about finding quality care! Give us a call today to set up your consultation. 

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