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.