A Basic Retention Phases Will Be Needed After Your Braces Have Been Removed

Your regularly scheduled adjustment sessions at Friendly Smiles Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic in Tucson, Arizona played an important role in gradually altering the position and alignment of your teeth. This also created progressive tension in the periodontal ligaments that secure your teeth into your periodontal tissues. Once your ideal alignment has... Read more »

Oral Care Tips When Wearing Braces

It's important to practice good oral hygiene when undergoing orthodontic treatment because food particles often become stuck in the brackets and wires. Also, plaque buildup around brackets can result in decalcification (which are white spots) on your teeth and any hardware can make keeping gum disease away harder to accomplish.... Read more »

The Reasons Why Your Orthodontist Asks You to Brush When You Have Braces

Would you like to know why your orthodontist, Dr. Ponce, strongly recommends brushing after every meal when you have braces? If so, you have come to the right blog. Our orthodontic team is more than happy to tell you why so you can understand just how important brushing is. The... Read more »

Looking at Orthodontics through a Historical Lens

Orthodontics may look like a relatively modern branch of dentistry, but its origins actually lie in ancient times. Modern archeologists have uncovered ancient Egyptian mummies with simple metal bands in their mouths. Believe it or not, these archeologists theorize that catgut may have been connected to these bands to facilitate... Read more »

Keep Your Smile Healthy When You Have Braces by Preventing Cavity Development

Tooth decay (also known as cavities) is one of the most serious dental issues in the world today. This is why your dentist and orthodontist strongly encourage you to prevent cavities on a regular basis, especially when you have braces. Now, Dr. Yone Ponce understands that might be a tough... Read more »

It Is Never Too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Wearing braces as adults is just as effective at straightening smiles as it is for children, though it tends to take longer to move permanent teeth. Adult teeth can take anywhere from 18 months to 3 years, varying depending on the straightening system you use. However, this is not just a... Read more »

Braces Can Reduce the Risk of Dental Attrition

Ideally, your son or daughter’s teeth erupt from the gums at an angle that meets up perfectly with the neighboring teeth in their bite pattern. Sometimes, however, one or two teeth will fail to touch perfectly. If the angle between them is too far out of alignment, this can mean... Read more »

Tips on Properly Flossing Around Your Permanent Retainer

If you have a permanent retainer, you might find it difficult to floss under or around the appliance to remove food particles and plaque. Although it’s difficult, it’s still necessary. Fortunately, there are ways you can properly floss around your retainer and effectively clean your smile. Our orthodontist, Dr. Yone... Read more »

Caring for Your Smile by Cleaning Braces

If you wish for your orthodontic braces to repair your smile properly, it is important to maintain an atmosphere conducive of sturdy and beneficial care. Do not put your teeth or your braces further in harm’s way with ineffective cleaning treatments. When caring for your braces, treat them as you... Read more »

A Straighter Smile Is a Healthier Smile

Did you know that a straighter smile is also a healthier smile? Well, it's true! Braces are perfect for aligning crowded or crooked teeth, but improving your smile isn't all they can do. In addition to creating an attractive smile, braces can help prevent or correct a variety of oral... Read more »