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Dr. Walt and the team at Walt Orthodontics recommend that a child receive their first orthodontic screening at age 7 years old.  This is generally the age when the first permanent teeth are starting to grow into the mouth.  The notion of early screening is a view also shared by the Canadian & American Association of Orthodontists, and the inspiration behind our fun, new 7 & Up Club for our younger patients.  Early screening by an orthodontist provides the opportunity to recognize potential problems and correct them before they become more serious.

Interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result.  Because a young child’s permanent teeth have not finished growing into the mouth, we are able to comprehensively evaluate the tooth relationships and jaw positions, and address any impending problems at the earliest stage possible.

Early orthodontic treatment will vary between patients, but can range from removable to fixed appliances that may help with crowding, space maintenance and directing jaw growth.  Early treatment can also help reduce the overall treatment time in braces and sometimes eliminate the possibility of tooth extractions which may have otherwise been necessary without early intervention.

What About 2 Phase Treatment?

Some orthodontic offices that also prescribe general dental services have a track record of prescribing two phase treatment plans as a go to method for treating a large portion of their patient base.  We often receive second opinion consultations where patients have come from those types of practices and have been seen by doctors who have favoured this approach on a regular basis.  Read our article on 2 Phase Treatment here to learn more about our position on this.  You can also visit our section “Advice for children” which organizes articles centrally to the needs of children and braces.  To be clear, a Two phase treatment plan is a viable modality of treatment however not in EVERY SINGLE CASE.

Remember, the needs of patients are unique and each evaluation should culminate in a distinctive treatment plan.  This is what we do at our Orthodontic practice.

Call Walt Orthodontics today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Walt and to learn more about our awesome 7 & Up Club!

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!