Straightening Teeth, Changing Smiles, and Improving Lives – One Person at a Time!
Being an orthodontist means helping people solve their functional bite issues and, at the same time, improving their smiles.
Every patient is different and deserves a unique treatment plan that achieves their best smile: efficiently and comfortably, with stable, beautiful results. I strive to attain perfect results – teeth that are straight, healthy, and properly positioned – by designing an individual care plan for each person.
I personally check every patient’s progress at each visit. This ensures I am on top of all aspects of their treatment, down to the smallest detail, as well as affording time for my patient, their family, and me to talk. Open and direct communication keeps us all on track and ensures patients complete treatment on time, with the best smiles!
One of the best things about being an orthodontist, I believe, is the opportunity to spend time with and share in the lives of children and adults. I love watching each person change and grow throughout treatment. As they see the changes in their appearance, they become more confident and outgoing. This is true of my youngest patients and those who are older: each person’s self-esteem blossoms and, by the end of treatment, they are transformed!
The best day, for me, is the day I remove a patient’s braces: that’s when tears of happiness and hugs are shared. Together, we’ve achieved an incredibly beautiful, one-of-a-kind smile!
~ Dr. Ulla Crouse
Education and Experience
Dr. Ulla Crouse grew up in Mikkeli, Finland, and obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Kuopio, Finland. She came to the United States in 1996 for her graduate studies at the University of Kentucky. There she completed a Doctorate in Physiology and her Certificate in Orthodontics.
After working in academics for ten years, Dr. Crouse has been a clinical orthodontist since 2010.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Crouse is a part-time faculty member in the University of Michigan’s Department of Orthodontics. This position keeps her on top of the latest developments in orthodontic research and enables her to exchange opinions and ideas with colleagues.
Professional Affiliations and Continuing Education
Dr. Crouse is an active member of the:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Michigan Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
Through these organizations, Dr. Crouse has access to conferences, seminars, lectures, and other year-round opportunities to further expand her knowledge. By staying current on technological innovations, new methodologies, and emerging trends, she is able to incorporate those proven safe and effective into patient care.
In the Community
Dr. Crouse is an active supporter of the VINA Community Dental Center of Livingston County. The VINA clinic provides underserved members of the Livingston County community with affordable access to quality dental care and dental education.
She is also an active member and volunteer with the Finnish Center Association of Michigan. The FCA’s mission is to promote and preserve Finnish culture and to support social and educational activities in the state. Additionally, Dr. Crouse supports numerous local school programs.
Dr. Crouse has resided in Brighton, Michigan, since 2005. She and her husband, Brian Crouse, have three children who are now young adults, plus an adopted Labradoodle, Buddy.
In her free time, Dr. Crouse loves skiing, both cross-country and downhill, along with running, walking, and traveling. Time with family and friends, though, is always prioritized.