When to Begin Treatment

(Treat once with proper timing)

With the exception of cross bites or large skeletal problems, Dr. Stasun is a firm believer in timing the start of orthodontic care to the pubertal growth spurt. This usually allows for a one phase treatment approach (treating the patient once) in most cases. He emphasizes that the proper time to start is not when all the baby teeth have been lost, rather when the first bicuspids are erupting. This signals a growth spurt and varies between 8 and 12 years of age.