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The choices that Parents face.

As a parent, you find yourself wondering if your kid needs braces. Do they need to see an orthodontist or should you just take them to the regular dentist in your local neighbourhood? What’s the best first step to get a clear picture of what kind of braces they need?

Understanding the difference between an orthodontists and a dentist is important. First of all, an orthodontist IS a dentist first but has completed a specialty   in dentistry. Second, you don’t need a referral to see an orthodontist. Many people think that you need to be referred by a dentist, and while that’s typically what happens, but that’s only because your family dentist is the logical front line dental caregiver in your health care team.

Another thing to note and be aware of is that Invisalign, which is a very popular brand name for clear aligners.  Invisalign is not the same thing as braces. While Invisalign is offered at many local dental offices, you really should be inquiring about the underlying issues that are affecting you or your child and that can only be determined definitively by a certified orthodontist.

So,  you need to get Braces?  Who’s going to be on your team?

Getting braces means making an important commitment to the orthodontist of your choice. You will be seeing them over the years for adjustments to youraligners, braces or alignment system. and so you should choose your Ortho provider carefully to be sure that you are satisfied that you are getting both service and value.

The cheapest solutions is not always the best. Aside from learning more about the orthodontic treatment plans, frequency of visits or types of braces some useful questions that will give you a good idea of what the service provider is like to work with would include:

1) Are you a dedicated ortho provider? or are there more then one orthodontist working here? 2) What’s the best time for my child’s orthodontic treatment? 3) Consider asking for other parent’s opinions or read orthodontist reviewson the office you are considering.

These are just a few useful tips to help you choose the right orthodontist for you. At Walt Orthodontics, our approach is very much geared towards dedicated patient care and long lasting relationships. We’ve created an office environment that is indicative of that, and we look forward to meeting you and your family.

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!