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Embarking on braces is akin to stepping into a new chapter of your smile story. It’s filled with expectations, a little bit of mystery, and the promise of a captivating ending—a dashing grin! However, like anything new, it’s natural to feel a blend of excitement and nervous anticipation. That’s why we’ve culled a list of the “Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting Braces”. To provide you with a glimpse of the experience waiting for you at Walt Orthodontics.


1. The Initial Consultation: Your Knowledge Key

Your initial consultation is the gateway to unraveling the mysteries surrounding braces. This is one of the essential things I wish I knew before getting braces as it’s the perfect setting to address all your concerns, understand the process, and meet the maestros who’ll be orchestrating your new smile.


2. No Pain, Much Gain

The notion of pain has been overly dramatized. Yes, there’s some discomfort as your teeth make new friends with braces, but it’s nothing a little TLC can’t alleviate. The reality of discomfort is definitely among the things I wish I knew before getting braces.


3. Foodie Adjustments are Temporary

You might have to sideline the crunchy cronies for a bit, but the culinary comeback post-braces is legendary. Embrace the soft food era initially; it’s a brief act in your long, exciting smile story. This is a tasty tidbit on the list of things I wish I hd known before starting braces.


4. Oral Hygiene is Your Hero

k-up approximMaintaining a pristine oral hygiene routine is your superhero in the braces narrative. It combats villainous plaque and ensures your smile shines bright, even with braces on.


5. Routine Check-ups are Your Milestones

Each check-up is a celebratory milestone on your path to a perfect smile. They are crucial players in ensuring your orthodontic journey stays on a triumphant track. Marking regular appointments as a priority is among the things I wish I knew before getting into braces.


6. Shift Happens

Sometimes things don’t go to plan and a bracket can become unglued or a wire can poke. Although it sucks temporarily, it is an easy fix. Make sure to load up on orthodontic wax!


7. Invisalign: The Other Road

Know your options. Invisalign offers a less conspicuous route to a stellar smile. A path many wish they explored. Reviewing all available options is surely on the roster of things I wish I knew beforehand.


8. Patience Brews Perfection

The braces journey is a testament to the saying, patience is a virtue. Each day is a step closer to the smile of your dreams.


9. Embrace the Brace Face

Wearing braces is a badge of honour towards achieving a dazzling smile. Own it, flaunt it, and know that every day is a stride closer to your smile goals.


10. A Supportive Squad is Gold

Having a supportive squad like the team at Walt Orthodontics can transform your braces journey from mundane to magical. The right orthodontic team is your cheerleader, guide, and smile sculptor rolled into one.

Armed with these insights, you’re now more than ready to dive in! Your pathway to uncovering the smile of your dreams begins with a simple step – a complimentary consultation at Walt Ortho. Our dedicated staff offers a blend of professional expertise, compassionate care, and a fun-filled environment. Your smile journey is not just about the destination; it’s about enjoying every milestone along the way. Book your free consult today and let’s get you started on the road to a ravishing 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.

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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!