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There are many changes we see in our children during their early years of development. We often take our kids for routine check ups with their family doctor, but have you thought about the importance of their oral health? Walt Orthodontics is here to help you better understand when your child should come in for their first visit. From here, we can assess, discuss preventive measures, if needed, and make a plan for the future!

What To Watch Out For!

#1. Their first set of permanent molars have erupted. This is one of the easiest signs to indicate that your child should see an orthodontist, as now they have more than enough permanent teeth to start making an assessment.

#2. Prolonged thumbsucking, or pacifier use. This behaviour can cause future problems, such as constriction of the upper jaw or an irregular bite!

#3. Inability to speak clearly. Lisping is a common attribute of young children. As they grow up and learn to speak clearly, make sure your child’s teeth or jaw alignment is not at fault for their speech impediment.

#4. Issues with biting or chewing. This could be accidentally biting their cheeks when eating, or difficulty breaking food down in their mouth.

#5. Excessive mouth breathing or snoring. This can be an indicator that your child is breathing solely from their mouth due to a constricted airway. An orthodontist will be able to tell if this is part of a larger issue.

#6. A jaw that makes noise, protrudes or recedes. Monitoring your child’s bite is what an orthodontist does best. If your child complains of biting the roof of their mouth, a misaligned bite might be the cause.

#7. Their baby teeth are falling out at an abnormal rate. This can cause problems as rapid tooth loss can lead to an irregular pattern of future adult teeth. Also, not losing any baby teeth may also be a problem.

Come See Us In Vaughan!

Dr. Walt, Dr. Matta and our orthodontic team are passionate about the oral health and wellbeing of you and your family. If your child is seven years of age, or showing any of these indications, it’s time for a professional opinion! Come in for a complimentary consultation, and let us present to you your personalized treatment plan! We may say that nothing needs to be done right now and it will be best to wait and monitor. When ready, we offer a variety of services including Invisalign, braces and retainers. Give us a call at 905-553-8666 to learn more about early intervention for your child, and book a consultation today!

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!