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While embarking on the journey of orthodontic treatment, it’s easy to think that your orthodontist can take care of all your oral health needs. However, maintaining regular dental check-ups during your orthodontic treatment is paramount. Whether you’re undergoing treatment with traditional braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic appliances, your dentist plays a key role in ensuring the success of your treatment and overall oral health.


Why Dentist Check-ups are Essential


Even with the most personalized orthodontic care provided at Walt Orthodontics, your dentist is still an essential player in your oral health team. While your orthodontist focuses on aligning your teeth and correcting your bite, your dentist concentrates on preventing and treating cavities, gum disease, and other dental health issues. Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar build-up that might be challenging to clean around brackets and wires, helping prevent cavities and gum disease. Irreversible bone loss (periodontitis) can occur too. In severe situations, this can result in tooth loss.


Potential Risks of Skipping Dental Visits


Skipping your dental visits during orthodontic treatment can lead to complications that could potentially prolong your treatment. For instance, untreated cavities can cause severe tooth pain and may require your orthodontic appliances to be removed temporarily for treatment. Gum disease, another potential risk of insufficient dental care, can cause gum swelling that complicates orthodontic treatment.


Collaboration for the Best Outcome


Your orthodontist and dentist work together to achieve the best outcome for your smile. At Walt Orthodontics, we believe in a team approach to dental care. Dr. Walt and Dr. Grossman both work closely with your dentist, providing them with updates about your orthodontic treatment and discussing any concerns that could impact your overall oral health and treatment outcome.


Your Role in Oral Health

Remember, you also play a vital role in your oral health during orthodontic treatment. Practicing excellent oral hygiene is essential. Brushing and flossing after every meal, and using mouthwash can help keep your teeth clean and free of decay. For tips on how to brush properly with braces, read our page on additional care information. Remember, it’s not just about keeping your teeth clean; it’s also about monitoring any changes and bringing them to the attention of your dental health team.


Maintaining your dental check-ups during orthodontic treatment is crucial to ensuring the health and beauty of your smile. It allows your dentist to catch and address any issues early, helping keep your orthodontic journey on track. At Walt Orthodontics, we are committed to providing you with comprehensive care, working hand-in-hand with your dentist to achieve the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.


Remember, the journey to a beautiful smile is a team effort – with you, your orthodontist, and your dentist playing vital roles. If you’re looking to start orthodontic treatment, no referral is required. Come in for a complimentary consult to our Vaughan clinic – open to all members of the Vaughan-Maple-Thornhill community! 

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.

Virtual Consultation

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!