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Orthodontic treatments are a journey towards a perfect smile, but sometimes this journey can have a few bumps along the way. Understanding how to handle orthodontic emergencies at home is crucial for comfort and care. Walt Orthodontics, a premier orthodontic practice in Vaughan, Ontario, offers expert advice on managing common orthodontic emergencies, with insights from the Canadian Association of Orthodontists.


Tooth Pain Post-Adjustment

Experiencing tooth pain after your braces are adjusted is common. Soft foods and over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil can help ease this discomfort.


Irritation from Braces

Braces can sometimes irritate your lips and cheeks, especially when first applied. Applying relief wax over the offending brace can provide immediate comfort. This wax is safe, even if accidentally ingested.


Loose or Broken Brackets

If a bracket becomes loose, it’s important to visit your orthodontist. However, if it’s still attached to the wire but misaligned, you can temporarily reposition it using tweezers.


Protruding Wires

Occasionally, wires may protrude and cause discomfort. In such cases, use a small nail clipper to trim the wire, and be sure to catch the clipped wire with a tissue.


Avoiding Emergencies

Preventing emergencies is key. Steer clear of hard, crunchy, and sticky foods to avoid damage to your braces. Also, always store removable appliances or retainers in their case.


Handling Removable Appliances

When dining out, it’s advisable to remove your retainer. However, avoid wrapping it in a tissue or napkin to prevent accidental disposal.


Dealing with Headgear

For those wearing headgear, always disconnect the strap before removing the metal facebow to avoid injury.

While these tips can help manage minor issues at home, it’s crucial to contact your orthodontist for any persistent problems or in case of severe discomfort. At Walt Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to ensuring your orthodontic journey is as smooth and comfortable as possible. Our team is always here to assist you with any emergencies or concerns.


Experiencing an Orthodontic Issue? Contact Us!

If you’re experiencing an orthodontic issue or have questions about your treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our office in Vaughan, Ontario. Your comfort and care are our top priorities.

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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.

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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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!