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Are you looking for orthodontic care, but worried you don’t have a referral? At Walt Orthodontics, we’re here to share the good news… you can access orthodontic treatment without one! In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about accessing orthodontic care in Ontario, including understanding the different types of treatment available to discovering little-known secrets to accessing care.

Orthodontic treatment is an important aspect of dental health that can help people achieve a healthy, functional, and attractive smile. There are different types of treatments available, including LightForce braces and Invisalign.

In Ontario, orthodontic care is provided by licensed orthodontists who have completed specialized training beyond dental school. It is important to do your research on your orthodontic provider. Review their credentials, experience, before and after cases, and make sure you feel comfortable working with them. 

If you are waiting around for a referral from your general dentist – you may be missing out! Fortunately, anyone can go into an orthodontic office. By doing some research and utilizing little-known secrets, such as free consults, employer insurance plans, and personal health insurance plans, you can easily access orthodontic care in Ontario without a referral. 

It is important to note that orthodontic treatment isn’t suitable for everyone, as eligibility depends on factors such as age and the severity of dental or facial irregularities. If you are not familiar with orthodontics and the warning signs, it will be difficult for you to know if you or your child require treatment. 

At Walt Orthodontics, we encourage you to come in for a free consultation with Dr. Walt and Dr. Grossman to find out if you are a good candidate. If you’re curious about what happens at a free orthodontic consultation, read more here

In conclusion, orthodontic care is an essential aspect of dental health that everyone can access with or without a referral. If you have a dentist you work with, we encourage you to keep them informed of your decision to pursue treatment. Orthodontic patients need to check-in with their dentist every 3-6 months. Whether you’re a child, teen, or adult, there are options available at Walt Orthodontics to help you achieve a healthy and confident smile! We are proud to serve the Vaughan-Maple-Thornhill community!  

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.

Virtual Consultation

Skip the office visit and have your free consultation from the comfort of your home. The start to your beautiful smile is just a few photos and clicks away.

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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!