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Are you itching to play the tooth fairy as your child loses their first tooth but wondering why it’s taking so long? It is natural to feel concerned and an orthodontic evaluation is recommended just for this reason. Here are some clues as to why your child’s teeth may be taking longer to come in.

  1. Not enough space.
    In order for an adult tooth to erupt into place there must be enough space. Ideally, baby teeth should have spaces between them so that when the larger adult tooth comes in there is enough space for it to develop and erupt on time. If this is not happening, then you may need to remove neighbouring baby teeth to create this space.
  2. Adult tooth is heading in the wrong direction.
    If an adult tooth is not following the course of the baby tooth and veering off into another direction, then it will most likely not erupt without some help. This commonly happens with upper canines. The only way to know this is happening is with an x-ray; when spotted in a timely manner then an interceptive course of action can be taken.
  3. Adult tooth is blocked or stuck.
    If an adult tooth is present but just does not come in, then it could be blocked by another adult tooth in the case of severe crowding or it could be fused to the bone. In this case orthodontics and/ or oral surgery will come to the rescue.
  4. There is no adult tooth at all.
    Sometimes adult teeth do not develop at all. This is very common to see in upper lateral incisors. If a tooth is missing, then usually the baby tooth remains for as long as possible however future plans will need to be made to replace this tooth.

A timely orthodontic evaluation can help confirm correct eruption pattern, detect possible problems and plan for a solution. Ask us about our 7&UP Program!

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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!