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Navigating the path to an amazing smile can sometimes be filled with questions, especially when it comes to understanding the process of seeking orthodontic care. A common query we encounter at Walt Orthodontics, located in the heart of Vaughan, is whether a referral from a dentist is necessary to see an orthodontist. Let’s clear up this confusion and guide you on your journey to achieving the smile you’ve always wanted.


Understanding the Referral Process

Traditionally, a visit to an orthodontist begins with a referral from your general dentist. This is often the case when your dentist notices alignment issues during a routine check-up. However, the landscape of orthodontic care is evolving, and so are the pathways to access it.


Direct Access to Orthodontic Care

At Walt Orthodontics, we welcome patients to directly seek our services without a referral. Whether you have concerns about your or your child’s teeth alignment, or you’re simply curious about improving your smile, our doors are open to you. Our team of experts is equipped to assess your orthodontic needs and recommend the best course of action.


Only an Orthodontist Knows…

General Dentists receive general training to screen for obvious orthodontic problems. That being said, if they knew all the nuances of orthodontic problems then they would be orthodontists. The simplest way to put it, respectfully, is that “they don’t know what what they don’t know.” For this reason we suggest not relying on the general dentist and trust the orthodontic experts to identify orthodontic concerns. Book your free consultation with an orthodontist directly.


Why Consider Seeing an Orthodontist Directly?

1. Early Detection: Early assessment by an orthodontist can lead to timely identification of issues, which can be crucial for children.

2. Personalized Consultation: Direct consultation allows you to discuss your concerns and desires for your smile directly with an orthodontic specialist.

3. Comprehensive Options: Orthodontists can provide a wide range of treatment options, from traditional braces to Invisalign, tailored to your unique needs.


The Role of Your General Dentist

While a referral is not necessary, maintaining a relationship with your general dentist is crucial. Regular dental check-ups are important for overall oral health, and your dentist can work in tandem with your orthodontist to ensure the best outcomes for your treatment.


It’s OK to be Vain…

Sometimes orthodontic treatment is purely for cosmetic enhancement. There is nothing to be ashamed about – why not look your best? In these situations the general dentist is not actively assessing the esthetics of a smile. Consult with an orthodontist about what improvements can be made about your smile. It’s not just about having straight teeth!


Getting Started with Orthodontic Care in Vaughan

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Walt Orthodontics. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized care and crafting treatment plans that align with your individual needs and lifestyle.



In Vaughan and the surrounding areas, accessing orthodontic care has never been easier. Whether you come to us through a referral or on your own initiative, our goal at Walt Orthodontics is to guide you towards a healthier, more confident smile. Remember, your journey to a straighter smile can start with or without a referral!

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.

Virtual Consultation

Skip the office visit and have your free consultation from the comfort of your home. The start to your beautiful smile is just a few photos and clicks away.

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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!