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Thumb sucking. It isn’t un-usual and many infants and toddlers do it to calm themselves when they are feeling stressed or unsure. Most kids grow out of it, but every so often it sticks with a child as they grow older and that’s when it can be a real problem. Not just socially, but it’s bad for your teeth as well! The ongoing habit of thumb sucking can easily lead to poorly aligned jaw, or an overbite. Both problems are solved with an orthodontic solution and our staff are standing by to assist you and your child fix the problem with one of our various orthodontic techniques. However it’s best if you can get your child to kick the habit in the first place so these problems don’t occur.

If your child is finding it difficult to let go of the habit, here are a few tips to help get them to stop:

1) Be supportive. Explain the problems to them and ask them to work to remember not to do it.

2) Introduce a plastic bandage which once worn will remind them. Honestly, most kids just plain forget.

3) Avoid using bitter liquids. This should be treated just like potty training and supportive encouragement is what will get you results, not scolding or punishments.

4) Don’t worry or fret about it. Your child will pick up on your anxiety and that will likely cause their anxiety to increase.

If your child has been thumb sucking a long time, we recommend you bring them by our Orthodontics practice where we will evaluate them for any damage that may have been done. The earlier you address and issues, the less expensive your orthodontics solution will likely be. Remember, orthodontics is priced on a case by case basis. Like many things, preventive measures will often save you the most money long term.

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.

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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!