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The world of orthodontics is not as simple as bonding some braces on to the teeth.  Quite the contrary, there is a lot of planning, discussion, and decision making that is involved in a child’s orthodontic treatment process.  There is also often an aspect of financial planning involved with regards to the payment process.  Unfortunately, this can sometimes come as a shock to parents when they come into an orthodontic office for the first time.  Rarely, will the appointment be as simple as determining whether or not the child requires braces.

Now imagine how this scenario may change in the circumstance of a family where the parents are separated or divorced, where there is only one legal guardian, or where the person attending the appointment with the child does not have legal custody or decision making power (for example another relative/sibling or other unrelated individual/caretaker).

Prior to the start of any orthodontic treatment, in addition to organizing the finances and determining a payment plan, there is always a requirement for consent by a legal guardian.  So let’s consider the following example where a child (let’s call him Billy) lives with mom for part of the week and dad for the other part of the week. However, it is only mom who has sole custody (decision making authority).   What this essentially means is even though Billy spends time with both parents, it is only his mom who can consent for treatment.  Billy arrives for his orthodontic consultation with his dad only and they decide they are ready to go ahead and get started with treatment.  However until mom signs off on the contract and all documentation, they will not be able to proceed.  If Billy’s mom knew about what may be involved with beginning orthodontic treatment then the family could have planned better in advance to ensure mom was present at the appointment.

The above example illustrates why it’s always important to consider any different family dynamics that may exist across today’s modern families prior to visiting the orthodontist  for the first time.  Of course it’s ideal to have all family members participate in the process, but in cases where that may not be possible make sure you are aware of any unique decision-making situations that may exist for your family.

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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.

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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!