Recently, we invested in 3D scanning technology for invisalign cases which allows us to avoid having to use Alginate impression material used for making impressions of teeth.

What is Alginate?

Alginate is an elastic material that is widely used in the dental industry to take impressions of teeth. The impressions are then sent to labs or companies like Invisalign, which manufactures invisible aligners for patients to wear.

>> Learn more about Invisalign invisible braces from Walt Orthodontics here.

Alginate comes in powder form and is mixed with water. Check out these ingredients! The powder contains sodium alginate, calcium sulfate, trisodium phosphate, diatomaceous earth, zinc oxide, and potassium titanium fluoride. With all those ingredients you may ask why Dentists use it? Mainly because alginate impression materials are simple to work with and they are far less expensive then working with 3D scanning technology for instance.

There’s just one problem. Seldom are alginate impressions made just right the first time. Duplication is often required to get the right impression and that creates a lot of WASTE...

…Waste of the patients time and waste of materials which ultimately get thrown out in a local city dump or landfill. Also, how does all that waste get from point A to point B?  Trucks carry it of course, burning fossil fuels and further impacting our environmental footprint.  Fortunately, there is a more efficient option for our patients and it is 3D scanning for Invisalign.

>> Learn more about 3D Scanning technology for Invisalign clear “invisible” braces here

At Walt Orthodontics we’ve taken our Vaughan orthodontics office out of that waste filled cycle by investing in and offering our orthodontic patients 3D scanning technology. This advance ultimately does a better job of mapping the patients teeth for Invisalign treatment and also is more comfortable and far less wasteful or messy. These are all major benefits to the patients and another example of our commitment to being green and ecologically responsible in dentistry and our deep commitment to the environment.

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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!