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Many parents wonder, when do baby teeth fall out? The answer is that it varies from child to child. However, there are general patterns that can be followed. Our Walt Orthodontics team is happy to help outline the order for baby teeth to come in, fall out and what to expect.


Primary Teeth Enter – 6 Months to 3 Years Old

Your child’s primary teeth (baby teeth) will begin to erupt around 6 months of age. The secondary primary molars are typically the last baby teeth to emerge, coming in around 3 years of age. By this time your child will have around 20 baby teeth. These primary teeth are with your child for approximately another 3 years.


First Primary Teeth Lost – 6 to 8 Years Old

When your child starts to lose their baby teeth, it is a momentous time! From celebrating the first wiggle, to an enchanting visit from the tooth fairy. As a parent you want to feel confident your child is on the right track for a healthy smile.

It is common for gaps to occur in your child’s smile during this stage. They will lose about 8 primary (upper and lower front) teeth in rapid succession during this stage of development.

Also, the permanent (6 year old) molars erupt during this stage. They come in behind the baby teeth as the jaw grows so they do not replace any teeth.

While there are always exceptions, your child’s initial tooth loss is usually kicked off with the lower central incisors. Around 7 to 8 years, most children will lose their upper and lower lateral incisors. Typically, the 8 permanent incisors should all be present around the age of 8.


Last Primary Teeth Lost – Ages 10 to 12 

During the pre-teen years is when children lose the last of their primary teeth. The upper baby first molars and lower canines go next, followed by the lower first molars around age 11. Around the age of 12, they will lose their lower baby second molars, along with their upper baby canines and second molars too.


When to Check-In With An Orthodontist 

As your child’s teeth erupt, grow and fall out – many changes are happening. The CAO, along with our team at Walt Orthodontics, recommend an orthodontic check-up by the age of 7. At this age, jaw growth and the positions of erupting teeth can be evaluated. While comprehensive orthodontic treatment usually begins during adolescence, some problems need to be corrected at an earlier age. Learn more about our 7&Up Club!

If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth, please don’t hesitate to schedule an orthodontic consultation. We welcome families from all over our community – including Vaughan, Thornhill and Maple! We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions and help ensure that your child has a healthy, beautiful 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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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!