Monday, August 19, 2019

Braces-Friendly Options for Summer Party Treats

For some of us, summer is the best time of year. The summer sun, barbecuing, bonfires, and best of all; the food! Those of us with traditional braces or clear aligners like Invisalign know about the constant struggles that come with enjoying traditional summer treats.

We have some small tricks for you so that you don’t have to worry about those endless seeds stuck in your teeth!

  • Toothpicks are your best friends! - Carrying around some toothpicks in your bag will be the most helpful thing for your smile. If seeds or food ever get stuck in your mouth, the toothpick is there for a quick pick-me-up!
  • Choose what you eat wisely. Making small swaps to your diet will immediately help your teeth Switch from berries to seedless fruit, cubed to crushed ice, and choosing a veggie tray over chips are all small changes you can make! Click here to read the full article on our website!
  • Keep up with brushing! - Brushing your teeth regularly will have your smile looking brighter than the sun itself!
  • Don’t forget about your regular cleaning - Most people over look this task, but it is so important to fit this time in. Before diving into the pool, give your orthodontist a call for a quick check up.

At Stieper & Brust Orthodontics, we’re committed to helping you enjoy summer and the delicious foods that come with it while keeping your smile healthy at the same time.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Enjoy all of your favorite summer foods even while having braces!

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 Can’t seem to find the middle ground maintaining your beautiful smile while still enjoying yummy summer foods? Trying to find healthier options for summer treats?

Bring on the summer treats now that warm weather is here! Your mind is now overtaken with the thoughts of barbecuing, sweet fruit, and tasty cold treats to cool you off. However, this time of the year can be tricky for those of us with traditional braces or clear aligners like Invisalign.

We’ve created some simple summer tricks to help you fulfill your summer treat needs while still caring for your teeth!

  • Veggie over everything - According to the American Dental Association, carrots, celery and raw broccoli are like natural toothbrushes! Choose a veggie tray instead of chips and dip at your party to satisfy that need for a crunch, but stay away from the chips that often end up settling in the pits of your teeth
  • More cheese, please! - Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese are low in sugar but rich in calcium, which can strengthen and protect enamel.
  • Go seedless - Try to stay away from seeds by going for hotdog and hamburger buns without sesame and poppy seeds. For fruit options, try to stay away from raspberries, kiwis, and blackberries, which have small seeds that get easily stuck in teeth.
  • Look out for ice - Crunching on hard foods like ice can cause broken teeth and can damage enamel. Crushed iced cubes are a better option for your guests.
  • Stay away from soda! - Water is one of the best things you can drink, especially on hot days when it’s so important to stay hydrated. To satisfy a sweet tooth, try infused water!

Take care of your teeth and save money on the cost of braces in the long run with these tips and more! Our friendly team of orthodontists have the knowledge to answer any of your questions and will make sure you’re comfortable with your braces or Invisalign. Contact us today! We want to make sure your smile is as bright as ever!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Meet the Newest Addition to Our Team - Dr. Leen Khatib!

Stieper and Brust Orthodontics is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Leen Khatib to our practice! Leen is an Ann Arbor/Saline native and feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to practice in the community where she grew up.

After graduating from Saline High School in 2008, she attended University of Michigan where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering.

 Dr. Khatib earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, graduating near the top of her class. Upon graduating, she attended Indiana University where she completed her Orthodontic Residency and obtained her Master of Science in Dentistry.

Dr. Khatib was born and raised in the Ann Arbor/Saline area. She was very active with the sports community, participating in basketball, tennis, and golf throughout her years at Saline High School. She enjoys being outside, water sports on the lake and cheering on the Wolverines (Go Blue!).

It takes significant effort to find someone who we know will uphold the high quality of care and service that patients experience in our practice. Dr. Khatib is passionate about creating a fun environment for her patients where they can come to realize their best smile. Our goal is to make our office visits the highlight of their day! Additionally, we are thrilled that Dr. Khatib’s addition will allow for increased availability and more flexible hours for our mutual patients.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Teeth Straightening Can Help with Chronic Pain!

Did you know straight teeth make it easier to clean and take care of your pearly whites?

Did you know that crooked teeth could be the cause of chronic pain you might be experiencing?

Seeing an orthodontist for teeth straightening could help you get back on the path to a healthier lifestyle.


Visit our website to learn more about how straight teeth can improve your overall health!

We’ve got flexible options to help with the cost of braces, and we’ll help you get the straight, beautiful smile of your dreams. You’ll not only see physical improvements, but your self-esteem and confidence will skyrocket!

Contact us today to schedule your consultation. We can’t wait to see you and get you on your journey to better health!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Having Straight Teeth Isn't Just About Looks!

Did you know having straight teeth isn’t just about looks?

Did you know that there are many health benefits to having your teeth straightened?

 If you’re wondering whether you should consider traditional braces or Invisalign, we know that it can be a tough decision, especially for adults. However, the benefits of having straighter teeth are more than just aesthetic!

Visit our website to learn more!

Braces or Invisalign Improve Your Overall Health!


If any of the symptoms listed above sound like issues you’ve been having, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Stieper & Brust! Our orthodontists are friendly and work hard to make sure you’re comfortable and at ease as they develop a personalized treatment plan for you.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation. We can’t wait to see you and get you on your journey to better health!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

See Your Favorite Orthodontists in Ann Arbor Before Summer Vacation

Even if you’ve lived in Michigan your entire life, there’s a high chance that there’s some great vacation spots you haven’t visited yet!

 As the weather warms up and the kids get out of school, it’s time to explore your own backyard! We’re looking forward to summer too, so we’ve put together a list of hidden gems here in Michigan that are perfect for a weekend getaway.

Check out our website to learn more!

Catch Up with Your Favorite Orthodontists in Ann Arbor Before Your Trip!


Make time to schedule an ortho checkup before you hit the road! We have convenient hours to fit your busy schedule while you’re juggling work, kids, errands, and planning a vacation. We’ll make sure you don’t have any issues while traveling, and we can even give you some tips for taking care of your braces or Invisalign while you’re away from home.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Michigan Road Trip Ideas for You and Your Family

Are you planning summer vacation ideas for you and your family? Are you trying to think of ways to keep the kids occupied and having fun when school is out of session?

If a big multi-state road trip or trip flying across the country isn’t in the cards for your family this summer, consider exploring your own backyard! Some of the coolest places in Michigan lie along rural backroads and in the heart of the state’s biggest cities.


Check out our website to learn more!

Catch Up with Your Favorite Orthodontists in Ann Arbor Before Your Trip!


Make time to schedule an ortho checkup before you hit the road! We have convenient hours to fit your busy schedule while you’re juggling work, kids, errands, and planning a vacation. We’ll make sure you don’t have any issues while traveling, and we can even give you some tips for taking care of your braces or Invisalign while you’re away from home.

Braces-Friendly Options for Summer Party Treats

For some of us, summer is the best time of year. The summer sun, barbecuing, bonfires, and best of all; the food! Those of us with traditi...