Re: loud braking type noise everything I stop and front end angles up
If the noise is that loud, you could eventually do permanent damage, especially if you do have something stuck up in between the strut dust cover and the piston for the shock.
You best bet is to just shimmy under there and look for rocks, sticks, etc. squeeze the dust cover on the strut with you hand (plastic cover inside the coil spring over the shock) and see if anything falls out. Check the sway bar area as well. Hard to explain but if you google how a front strut suspension works, you'll see the various parts and where things move relative to each other. If it was fine before you hit the gravel and making noise afterwards, you have to have something stuck somewhere.
I would not recommend hitting it with a pressure washer, you can drive dirt and grit into a lot of areas it does not belong.