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Embarking on the orthodontic journey isn’t just for teenagers – it’s a path that many adults are choosing to take to achieve the smile they’ve always desired. At Walt Orthodontics, we celebrate and support adult patients who have decided to start their orthodontic treatment. In this blog article, we’re delving into the essentials that adult orthodontic patients need to know.

Understanding Adult Orthodontics

Adult orthodontics is on the rise, with the American Association of Orthodontists reporting a significant increase in adult patients. Adults are seeking treatment for various reasons, from cosmetic to functional, and advancements in orthodontics have made it more feasible and less intrusive than ever before.

Why Choose Orthodontics as an Adult?

As an adult, opting for orthodontics can be a life-changing decision. It’s not only about aesthetics but also about improving dental health. Misaligned teeth can be harder to clean, leading to an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Proper alignment of your teeth contributes greatly to overall dental health and enhances your smile and self-esteem, as outlined on the AAO’s adult orthodontics page.

Types of Braces for Adults

Today, adults have several orthodontic treatment options that are discreet and efficient. The Cleveland Clinic outlines these options:

  • Traditional Metal Braces: Historically the most common type, which has evolved to be smaller and more comfortable. We no longer offer this type of outdated braces.
  • Ceramic Braces: Less noticeable as they blend with the colour of your teeth. We offer LightForce custom braces which are made from 3d printed ceramic.
  • Lingual Braces: Placed behind the teeth, making them invisible from the front.
  • Clear Aligners: Such as Invisalign, are virtually invisible and removable for eating and brushing.

Considerations for Adult Orthodontics

Adults have different considerations when it comes to orthodontic treatment, such as the presence of previous dental work, slower tissue response, and potential bone loss. Progression of gum recession is also a distinct possibility. WebMD’s overview of adult braces provides more insights into these factors.

The Social Aspect of Adult Braces

Wearing braces as an adult can be a concern, especially in professional settings. However, Healthline suggests that the growing acceptance and normalization of adult orthodontic treatment are making it a non-issue for many.

Maintaining Oral Hygiene with Braces

Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is crucial during orthodontic treatment. The Mayo Clinic offers guidelines on how to brush and floss effectively with braces.

Timeframe and Patience

Adults might find that their treatment duration is slightly longer due to denser bone tissue. Patience is key, and the results are well worth the wait.


Embarking on orthodontic treatment as an adult is a brave and commendable step towards not just a beautiful smile but also a healthier one. At Walt Orthodontics, we’re here to ensure your journey is smooth, efficient, and tailored to your unique needs.

If you’re considering adult orthodontics or simply want more information, contact us to schedule a consultation. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the care and expertise you need to achieve the smile you deserve at any age.

Remember, it’s never too late to start the journey towards a beautiful and healthy smile.

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!