Yone V. Ponce, DDS
Dr. Ponce was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where she attended La Universidad Central de Venezuela to receive her dental degree. She moved to Boston in 1984 in order to attend Boston University. She earned both her Master of Science in dentistry and oral biology and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in orthodontics. She decided to open her orthodontic practice in Tucson, Arizona, in 1991. While her children, Yone and Anthony, were at home, she maintained a harmonious balance between caring for her family and caring for her patients. Now that they are grown, she is free to devote more time to the needs of her practice. She is frequently involved in dental missions to foreign countries and has volunteered at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Dental Clinic. She is a member of the American Dental Association®, the Arizona Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists® and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics.


Kaiona has been happily working with Dr. Ponce since 1998. She enjoys every aspect of her job at Friendly Smiles Orthodontics, especially seeing the transformation of a patient’s smile and self-confidence when they see their spectacular results for the first time. She and her husband have two wonderful children together. When she is not assisting in the office, Kaiona enjoys swimming and spending quality time with her family.