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Orthodontic treatment straightens your teeth to look and work better. This can be done with LightForce braces or Invisalign. However, your treatment is not over when your braces come off. The next step is retention – keeping your teeth in their new position. This is accomplished by using retainers.

While there are different types of retainers available, our team at Walt Orthodontics would like to share more information with you on permanent retainers. Permanent retainers are recommended by us to prevent your teeth from shifting or moving back to their original place.

Permanent retainers are also known by other names, including bonded retainers, lingual wire, or fixed retainers. They are often bonded or glued to the back surface of the lower teeth.



Benefits of a Permanent Retainer 

As the name suggests, a permanent retainer is meant to permanently stay on your teeth. There are a few benefits to permanent retainers including the following:

  • You don’t have to worry about taking it on and off
  • Only you know its there, since it is placed behind your teeth
  • Since it is hidden you don’t need to feel self-conscious about wearing it in public
  • You also don’t have to worry about losing it


Drawbacks of a Permanent Retainer

  • Only keeps your front teeth in position; all the back teeth are free to move
  • Requires significant oral hygiene measures to adequately floss teeth
  • Can feel bulky and irritate tongue
  • Can break unknowingly and teeth may shift

Permanent retainers are more commonly done on the lower teeth as opposed to the upper. Upper permanent retainers tend to break much more as there is often not enough space in the bite to allow for one.


Life with a Permanent Retainer

We recommend cleaning your retainer when you clean your teeth. Brush and floss as you normally would and pay extra attention to the area around your retainer too.

Here are some tips from Healthline on flossing with a permanent retainer:

  1. Use a 6-inch piece of floss along with a floss threader to shimmy the floss between two of your front bottom teeth, taking one end of your floss between your fingers and the other end in the threader.
  2. When the floss is between the teeth, gently raise and lower the floss along the sides of the teeth from their tops to where they meet the gums. Don’t be too forceful or you may cut or injure your gums.
  3. When you’re finished with one set of teeth, move the floss back up to the top of the teeth and slide the floss over to the next set of teeth.
  4. Pull the floss down between the next set of teeth and repeat step 2 to clean between them.
  5. Repeat these steps until you’ve flossed between each of the teeth that are secured by your permanent retainer.

If your permanent retainer wire breaks off or becomes debonded, it is best to contact us to schedule an appointment to fix it.


Treatment for Everyone 

Whether you are curious about orthodontic treatment – including LightForce Braces and Invisalign, or retainers and retention, we can help! We love making a difference to the oral health and confidence of our Maple-Vaughan-Thornhill community. Everyone is welcome, all ages too! Schedule your free consultation in person or virtually to get started!

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!