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Research in orthodontics is constantly developing new an innovative solutions designed to bring patients the benefits of shorter treatment times while providing consistent results. The technology found on the market today for both braces and invisalign are vastly improved to what they were even only 10 years ago. There are more good things to come! But the nagging question continues to be asked…

“How Long Do I have to wear my braces!”

The answer depends on a number of factors. The main factor affecting how long your braces need to stay on is first and foremost the complexity of the problem your orthodontist is trying to correct. If you have just a minor alignment issue generally this means your treatment will be quicker but what if the challenges of your case involve tooth extractions? This typically occurs when the teeth are severely crowded and the orthodontist needs to remove some teeth to make room.

One other factor that is often looked over is are you co-operating?

Your orthodontics provider will give you instructions and guidance on how to take care of your braces but are you doing your part to ensure that the treatment outcomes are as expected? If you aren’t maintaining your braces correctly as prescribed by your orthodontist, treatment outcomes may not be as expected, and having to correct the problems can lengthen your treatment times overall.

This of course is one of the neat things about having your case treated with Invisalign clear braces, which essentially carries less maintenance overall. With Invisalign, all you have to do is switch out the clear aligners that are prescribed in succession gradually over time. It’s kind of like having an unobtrusive, easy to wear mouthguard that no one can see! Invisalign is not for everyone and to learn more about whether you are a candidate or not, read more about Invisalign here or come in for a complimentary consultation to our practice in Vaughan.

Overall, and taking into account the orthodontic tips outlined above a typical case can take about 15 – 18 months of treatment from start to finish.

The other thing to know about braces and advances in technology. They are far more comfortable to wear then ever before, and further advances promise to deliver even better options to patients. With our commitment to keeping on top of what’s and improved in Orthodontics, you can be sure we at Walt Ortho will have only the best options for patients.

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!