A Healthy Mouth is Essential for Maintaining Your Braces Throughout the Realignment Process

The braces installed onto your teeth by your orthodontist, Dr. , gradually adjust the position and alignment of your teeth to give you a better functioning mouth and a more appealing smile. This is done by gradually applying progressive tension to the braces hardware during your routine adjustment sessions. If you suffer complications from chronic… Read more »

A Hawley Retainer Needs Daily Cleaning and Maintenance

Your orthodontist, Dr. , installed the braces in your mouth to adjust the alignment of your teeth through the course of regular adjustment sessions. Each adjustment applied progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in their sockets. Now that your ideal alignment has been achieved, your orthodontist can remove your braces. It’s… Read more »

Orthodontics: Options for Adults

Do you have crooked or crowded teeth? Do you worry that you are too old for braces? Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teenagers. More and more adults are getting braces in , . At , we recognize that our patients have different preferences. Some prefer the traditional route of straightening the teeth… Read more »

Do You Need Braces?

Do you need braces? Are you unsure if you do, but suspect you might? If so, you are not alone. If you have any of the following conditions, you may be the perfect candidate for braces: – Overbite (also called an overjet, or referred to as “buck teeth”): occurs when the upper front teeth (the… Read more »

Tips for Oral Health with Braces

Maintaining a high level of oral health while wearing braces requires a bit of extra work than normal. However, not doing enough to keep your oral health in tip-top shape could mean that you spend more time with your braces on than you’d like. So to help this not be a problem for you, we… Read more »

Orthodontics: Three Things to Expect during Your First Appointment

If you’re about to attend your first orthodontic appointment in , , then our team is more than happy to tell you what to expect so you can feel comfortable and prepared in the orthodontic chair. When you come into our office to meet with your orthodontist, Dr. , you can expect the following to… Read more »

Want a Straight Smile? Consider Invisalign®

Everybody wants to have a great, beautiful smile. Many adults think they have lost their chance to have straight teeth because they did not have orthodontics as a child. Orthodontics are for any age. You may be one of those adults that are hesitant about using metal brackets and wires to straighten your smile. Don’t… Read more »

Your Braces Can Be Glazed with a Ceramic Material That Matches Your Tooth Enamel

The braces offered by your orthodontist, Dr. , can have a few cosmetic variations applied to them. One option that appeals to many people is to have ceramic-coated braces installed. As the name implies, this style of braces has a ceramic material glazed onto the majority of the visible hardware. The ceramic glaze can be… Read more »

Welcome to a Straighter Smile with Friendly Smiles Orthodontics

Welcome to Friendly Smiles Orthodontics online, the orthodontic practice of Yone V. Ponce, DDS. We are pleased to offer braces for patients of all ages in Tucson, Arizona who are seeking a straighter smile. Our orthodontic options include traditional metal and ceramic braces, clear braces, Invisalign® aligners and removable orthodontic appliances. While braces are one of the most effective… Read more »