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Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “Am I too old for braces?” or “Is my child too young to start orthodontic treatment?” If so, you’re not alone. These are common concerns for many individuals considering orthodontics, and the answer might surprise you. At Walt Orthodontics, we firmly believe that it’s never too late or too early to invest in a beautiful smile.

The concept of an age limit for braces is a myth that we often encounter in orthodontic practice. Many people mistakenly think that braces are exclusive to teenagers. However, the reality is quite different. Orthodontic treatment, including braces, can be beneficial at any age, from early childhood to later adult years.


Children and Braces: Early Intervention is Key

The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic consultation around the age of seven. This might seem early, but it’s a crucial step in identifying and addressing potential orthodontic problems before they become more complicated. Early intervention can guide the growth of the jaw, correct harmful oral habits, and make room for permanent teeth, making future treatment quicker and less invasive. Sometimes we recommend doing treatment before age 7 for kids with functional crossbites leading to jaw asymmetry. If you’re not sure it’s better to be safe than sorry so we will gladly see your child before the age of 7.


Teenagers and Braces: The Classic Combination

Teenage years are often considered the “golden age” for braces. This is mainly because, at this stage, the jawbone is still growing, and the permanent teeth are more amenable to movement. However, remember that each case is unique. The orthodontic treatment is customized to the individual’s needs, and a thorough consultation is essential to determine the best course of action.


Adults and Braces: It’s Never Too Late

Adult orthodontics has seen a dramatic rise in recent years. More and more adults are seeking to improve their smiles and oral health. Remember, it’s never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Modern braces and aligners are more comfortable and less noticeable than ever before. Whether it’s for cosmetic reasons or to correct long-standing dental issues, adult braces can provide significant benefits. However, we do let most adults know that gum recession and black triangles are the most common risks of adult orthodontic treatment.

Really, there is no set age limit for braces. Orthodontic treatment can be a life-changing journey, irrespective of your age. At Walt Orthodontics, we are committed to helping you achieve your best smile at any stage of life. We invite individuals of all ages to come in for a complimentary consultation. From LightForce braces to Invisalign, we have many custom options available. Visit us in Vaughan and let’s explore together how orthodontic treatment can improve your life. Remember, it’s never too early or too late to invest in your smile!

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!