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Winter is here, and for those of us with braces or aligners, it can bring some unique challenges to our oral care routine. Cold weather, dry air, and seasonal treats can all make it more difficult to keep our teeth and braces clean. But with a little extra care and attention, we can ensure that our treatment stays on track and our teeth stay healthy during the winter months.

One of the biggest challenges of winter is dry air. Heating systems can dry out the inside of our homes, which can lead to dry mouth. Dry mouth can make it harder for us to produce enough saliva to neutralize the acids in our mouths that cause tooth decay. To combat dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home.

Another challenge that winter brings is the temptation to indulge in sugary treats and comfort foods. With social gatherings, it can be hard to resist the call of cookies and sweets. But it’s important to remember that sugar is the enemy of healthy teeth, especially when you have braces or aligners. Try to limit your intake of sugary foods, and if you do indulge, be sure to brush and floss thoroughly afterwards.

It is also important to be extra diligent about oral hygiene during the winter months. Braces and aligners can make it harder to clean our teeth properly, so it’s essential to brush and floss thoroughly after every meal. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the brackets and wires of your braces. Interdental brush or Waterpik can also be a great addition to your oral hygiene routine.

It’s also a good idea to stay on top of your orthodontic appointments during the winter months. Dr. Walt and Dr. Grossman can check for any potential issues and make any necessary adjustments to your braces or aligners. This can help to ensure that your treatment stays on track and that any problems are caught and addressed early on.

Winter can bring some unique challenges to our oral care routine, but with a little extra care and attention, our Walt Orthodontics team in Vaughan can ensure that our treatment stays on track and our teeth stay healthy during the winter months. Be sure to drink plenty of water, limit your intake of sugary foods, and be extra diligent about oral hygiene. And don’t forget to stay on top of your orthodontic appointments to ensure that your treatment stays on track. With the right care, you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile throughout the winter and beyond!

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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.

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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!