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On a weekly basis we meet with parents who are really confused.  They come to our office seeking a second opinion because they were recently advised that their 7-10 year old child needs two phases of orthodontic treatment.  More often than not, these families have visited a pediatric dental office that provides in-house orthodontic services.

Two phase treatment generally involves some type of orthodontic work between the ages of 7-10  (often involving appliances such as palatal expanders and limited braces) followed by a second round of braces at ages 12-14 once all the permanent teeth have erupted.

The rationale for two phase treatment stems from the fact that some orthodontic problems, if not treated early, cannot be fixed later on. For example, the upper jaw cannot be moved forward beyond the age of 10. Other problems, such as posterior crossbites, if not fixed early can lead to facial asymmetry.  Another common problem where early treatment is needed is for kids who have severe overjet and whose upper front teeth are at risk for being traumatized.

Generally speaking, most kids do not need two phases of orthodontic treatment. By all means, we are huge proponents of two phase orthodontic treatment – when it is needed. Research shows that there are specific indications for two phase treatment and only about 20-30% of kids require it. The main negatives of doing two phase orthodontic treatment when it is not needed are a) the increased cost, and b) the patient is “burned out” after the first phase and is not compliant in the second phase, leaded to an inferior result.  In fact most studies show that it is more effective and efficient to correct overjet in one phase when possible.

To summarize, two phase orthodontic treatment is an extremely valuable service that we provide but the majority of kids do not need it.  Nevertheless, we believe that every kid should have an orthodontic examination at the age of 7.  If early treatment is not needed it is still vital to attend regular orthodontic monitoring appointments as growth and the eruption of teeth need to be assessed for optimal timing of a single phase of treatment.

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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.

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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!