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Orthodontic treatment is a journey, and like any journey, it has milestones. For those who have chosen braces to straighten their smiles, one of these milestones is the regular tightening of braces. It’s a crucial part of the process, but how often should braces be tightened? Let’s explore this together!


A Customized Schedule for Every Smile

Typically, braces need to be tightened every eight to ten weeks at the beginning of treatment as large, big picture changes are happening. Towards the end of your treatment, we typically tighten braces every four to six weeks. However, the exact timeline depends on your unique orthodontic needs, the type of braces you have, and the progress of your treatment. At Walt Orthodontics, we customize the treatment plan for each patient, because we understand that every smile is unique.


The Purpose of Tightening

Why do braces need to be tightened at all? Each adjustment helps to shift your teeth gradually into their correct positions. With every tightening, you’re one step closer to achieving a newly aligned smile. The process of tightening your braces actually involves the placement of a stiffer archwire. This creates the feeling of “tightness.”


Comfort and Care After Tightening

Braces tightening can sometimes cause discomfort, but don’t worry! This is completely normal and temporary. We at Walt Orthodontics are dedicated to making your orthodontic journey as comfortable as possible. We provide advice on managing any discomfort, from over-the-counter pain relievers to dietary recommendations.


The Role of Good Oral Hygiene

Just like regular dental visits are crucial during orthodontic treatment, maintaining good oral hygiene between tightenings is equally important. It ensures that your braces work effectively and keeps your teeth and gums healthy.


Your Partner in the Journey to a Perfect Smile

Remember, regular adjustments are essential for the success of your orthodontic treatment. Skipping appointments could delay your progress. So, mark your calendar and get ready to embrace each tightening as a sign of progress towards your goal: a beautifully aligned smile.

At Walt Orthodontics, we’re not just here to adjust your braces; we’re here to support you throughout your orthodontic journey. We understand that every patient’s needs and experiences are unique, and we’re committed to providing personalized care at every step of the way.


Walt Orthodontics: Your Community Orthodontic Provider

We’re proud to serve the areas of Vaughan-Maple-Thornhill, helping our community achieve the smiles they’ve always dreamed of. Our team is always ready to answer any questions you might have about braces, adjustments, and orthodontic care.

So remember, the frequency of braces tightening is a personalized aspect of your orthodontic journey. It’s a sign of progress and an essential step towards your new smile. And remember, no matter what stage you’re at in your orthodontic journey, Walt Orthodontics is here to help.

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!