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I made the decision this week to remove the permanent retainer that is glued to the back of my front lower six teeth. I have been thinking about doing this for quite some time, and after much deliberation, I decided I was done with it.

I had no issue with the permanent retainer from a comfort standpoint. After all, I have lived with one glued to my teeth for 14 years! Patients often asked me if I was bothered by it or if my tongue constantly rubbed against it and became irritated by it. If done well, permanent retainers are very smooth and one gets used to them almost instantly. I often say that it becomes part of you and you don’t even realize that it’s there.

The problem with permanent retainers is hygiene. Since it is glued to every single tooth, a floss threader is required to get the floss under the retainer. A lot of patients neglect to floss these teeth because of the effort required. ( learn more about Flossing Instructions with braces here ) While I flossed my lower front teeth pretty frequently, I admit that I was not doing it every single day.

A common misconception about retention is that only the front teeth can relapse and that retainers aren’t required for the back teeth.

With orthodontic treatment, the dental arches are often expanded and if retainers aren’t used to maintain this expansion, the teeth can tip become more constricted at the back. Therefore, I used a clear removable retainer that fit over my permanent retainer and covered my front and back teeth.

Although every situation is different, if one is diligent in wearing his/her removable retainer, there is no need for a permanent retainer. I thought about my situation logically – I was wearing my removable retainer every single night but I was not flossing my lower front teeth every single day. To me, it was more important having healthy teeth and gums than having the added security of two retainers. My decision was therefore pretty easy.

If you have any questions about permanent retainers, please contact our practice in Vaughan. If you have any questions about orthodontics you can also submit a question on our contact page.

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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!