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In the ever-evolving landscape of orthodontic care, the rise of at-home medical technologies has been a game-changer. However, with innovation comes responsibility, and it’s crucial to stay informed about the potential risks and benefits of these emerging options. Recently, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) highlighted concerns regarding at-home orthodontic care, emphasizing the importance of professional oversight in orthodontic treatments.

At Walt Orthodontics, we believe in keeping our patients informed and safe. Let’s delve into the AAO’s concerns and understand why professional guidance is indispensable in orthodontic care.


The AAO’s Stance on At-Home Orthodontic Care

The AAO’s response to the FDA’s request for information on at-home medical technologies sheds light on the potential risks associated with these treatments. While the convenience of at-home care is undeniable, the AAO cautions against the lack of personalized supervision. Orthodontic treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution; it requires a tailored approach based on individual needs and conditions.


The Cautionary Tale of Smile Direct Club

In a related development, Smile Direct Club, a prominent player in the at-home orthodontics market, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy, capping years of losses. This news serves as a stark reminder of the complexities and challenges in the orthodontic industry, particularly in the DIY segment.


Why Professional Orthodontic Care Matters

At Walt Orthodontics, we emphasize the importance of professional care for several reasons:

1. Customized Treatment Plans: Every patient’s orthodontic needs are unique. Our team of experts designs personalized treatment plans to ensure optimal results.

2. Ongoing Monitoring: Orthodontic treatment requires regular monitoring and adjustments. Our professionals are equipped to make these changes efficiently and safely.

3. Addressing Complex Issues: Some orthodontic issues are too complex for at-home treatments. Professional care ensures that all aspects of your dental health are considered.


Embracing Technology with Caution

While we embrace technological advancements in orthodontics, including Invisalign and digital scanning, we advocate for a balanced approach. Technology should enhance, not replace, the expert care provided by orthodontic professionals.



The world of orthodontic care is dynamic, and while at-home treatments offer convenience, they cannot replace the expertise and personalized care offered by professionals. At Walt Orthodontics, your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our experts to explore the best orthodontic solutions tailored to your needs.

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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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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!