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One question we are often asked is, does having braces cause any pain? The simple answer is: Braces can cause some initial discomfort – but it is manageable and doesn’t last very long! 


Getting Your Braces Put On  

When your braces are placed onto your teeth, you shouldn’t feel any pain. The appointment for placement takes about 45 to 90 minutes. 

After your braces are placed, our team at Walt Orthodontics will remind you of the proper maintenance and care involved in your treatment. This includes eating softer foods, especially with minimal chewing for the first few days. Some great ideas include mac and cheese, yogurt, mashed potatoes, smoothies, apple sauce and ice cream. The reason for this is because your teeth will be sore the first few days, it will be difficult to chew foods with normal texture. 


A Few Days Later 

Once your teeth begin to move, which starts a few hours after your braces go on, you will likely feel some discomfort. However, it is a dull achy pain. Your teeth will feel a little sore but the soreness is exacerbated when you try to eat. This is why we recommend the foods listed above which require minimal chewing and are easy to swallow. Your mouth will take a few days to adjust to the pressure of your braces. This soreness tends to last anywhere from 3-7 days. If you are sore after a week from your initial appointment, please let us know.


Orthodontic Appointments and Adjustments 

For the duration of your orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to check in with us for periodic adjustments to your braces. This helps to make sure your smile is progressing and you achieve your goals! 

During your check in, we may make some adjustments to your appliance. You may feel some slight discomfort, but it should subside after a few days. The discomfort from routine adjustments is nowhere near the discomfort at the beginning. 

In case you’re wondering, discomfort from Invisalign is usually less than braces. A feeling of tightness is usually experienced with each aligner change but it is minimal. That is why we suggest changing aligners at night before bed.


Tips for Discomfort 

Use a saltwater rinse to help relieve irritation from any of the braces, archwires, or appliances (such as an expander). 

Use over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen are recommended during the initial days after braces go on.

Eat soft or cold foods for the first few days to help with relief and soothe any areas where you may feel discomfort.  

Use orthodontic wax to keep your braces from rubbing against the inside of your mouth. 


We’re Here To Support Your Journey! 

While braces are new for you, there’s nothing to fear. Our friendly and supportive team at Walt Orthodontics is here for you! We’ll make sure your treatment stays on track. If you ever have any questions, contact our office. We’ve impacted so many smiles in the Vaughan community! We can’t wait to make a difference with yours too. Contact us for your complimentary consultation today. 

In-Person Consultation

Use our handy online scheduler below to choose the date and time that works best for your initial complimentary consultation appointment!

Please note that while initial orthodontic consultations are complimentary, if you recently completed orthodontic treatment or currently are in active appliances with another provider, seeking a replacement/repair for a retainer, or looking to schedule a second consult after your initial one there is a fee for the consultation. Please contact us for more information.

Alternatively, please contact our office directly by phone/text if you are trying to book multiple consultations at the same time or are seeking consultation further out than 12 weeks.

Please note – If none of the available times on our online scheduler work for you we do have other consultation times available. Please contact us directly for more information.

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When it comes to financing there’s no one size fits all solution. Likewise, there is no singular solution when it comes to financing. At LendCare, we get that and go deeper to understand your unique story and offer flexible options that work best for you, given your current financial situation. That means you get affordable financing, even if your credit is anything but top-tier.

Walt Orthodontics is pleased to offer interest-free payments up to 30 months. If you require payments over 30 months we are happy to offer the LendCare solution.


Dr. Walt received his dental (DDS) degree from the University of Western Ontario, graduating first in his class and receiving the Gold Medal as well as numerous awards recognizing his scholastic and clinical achievements, leadership and character. He then completed his orthodontic training at the University of Colorado, where he received both his Specialty Certificate and Master of Science Degree. During his residency, he was awarded the Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Scholarship for overall excellence.

After graduating from residency and opening Walt Orthodontics in 2013, Dr. Walt committed himself to applying his traditional orthodontic education into the digital world to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience. He currently serves as a Faculty Member, Key Opinion Leader, and Advisory Board Member for Align Technology which involves traveling around the world to teach other orthodontists about Invisalign. Being at the forefront of digital orthodontics, Dr. Walt was invited to be the first orthodontist in Canada to use custom LightForce braces. He also serves as an Orthodontic Coach/Mentor for other orthodontists looking to improve their knowledge of digital orthodontics.

In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Walt is a “die-hard” Blue Jays fan and enjoys working out in his spare time.


Dr. Stephanie Grossman pursued her dental degree in sunny South Florida at Nova Southeastern University. She graduated with honours, at the top of her class, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society. She then completed her orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she received both a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree. She is both a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Grossman strives to provide the highest standard of orthodontic care for her patients. She attends numerous hours of continuing education and utilizes the latest advancements in orthodontics. Dr. Grossman is licensed to practice in both the United States and Canada.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Grossman enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling the world. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new restaurants!