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At Walt Orthodontics, we often come across the intriguing query: What age is not good for braces? Understanding the age equation can be your stepping stone towards making an informed decision. Let’s demystify the age myth and dive into when to take the braces plunge!


The Early Bird Glimpse

It’s often believed that earlier is better when it comes to orthodontic intervention. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. This early assessment can provide a roadmap for any future orthodontic work. However, this doesn’t mean braces are imminent or necessary at this tender age.


The Teen Terrain

Teenage years are often tagged as the ‘golden period’ for braces. It’s a time when most of the permanent teeth have made their grand entrance, and the jaw is still growing. Addressing orthodontic issues during these formative years can lead to optimal outcomes.


Adulthood: No Expiry Date on Braces Start

Many adults harbour the myth that there’s an expiration date on getting braces. Casting the adult years into the “what age is not good for braces” category. However, it’s a misconception! Adult orthodontics is a growing field, and it’s never too late to pursue a picture-perfect smile.


Maturity Matters

Regardless of age, a certain level of dental and emotional maturity is crucial for the braces journey. Being prepared for the commitment and the maintenance braces require is essential for a successful outcome. Just because a 7 year old may need orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean it can happen if they cannot tolerate sitting in a dental chair.


Individualized Insight is Key

Every smile is unique, and so is the orthodontic journey. An individualized consult is your best compass to navigate the age conundrum regarding braces.


Health: The Silent Player

Oral and overall health play a significant role in determining the right time for orthodontic treatment. A healthy foundation is paramount for a successful braces journey. Most adults we ask that they get their gums and bone levels checked since they are more likely to get gum recession.


The Magic of Modern Orthodontics

Modern orthodontics has blurred the age lines considerably. Innovations like Invisalign have made orthodontic treatment a feasible and appealing option for a broader age spectrum.


The Consultation Chronicle

Your journey to answering the “what age is not good for braces” question begins at the initial consultation. It’s where myths are debunked, and personalized plans are penned.


A Passionate Team: Your Smile’s Best Friend

Having a supportive and knowledgeable orthodontic team by your side can make the age debate a breeze. At Walt Orthodontics, we’re geared to guide you through every age-related query and concern.


Your Smile Ambition is Ageless

The quest for a captivating smile doesn’t come with an age cap. It’s all about the right timing tailored to your unique dental narrative.

Braces are an exciting chapter of life, irrespective of the number on your birthday cake. The Walt Ortho team is here to ensure that your adventure is rewarding, well-informed, and tailored to your individual needs. Your pathway to a radiant smile is just a free consultation away. Book yours today and let’s script your story – no matter your age!

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!