1601 N Tucson Blvd Suite 8, Tucson, AZ 85716

Dr. Ponce takes the time to perform a thorough orthodontic exam. If you are visiting Friendly Smiles Orthodontics for your consultation, then we will take the time to create a treatment plan. Call Dr. Ponce today if you want to learn more about what to expect during your initial orthodontic exam in Tucson.

When you visit our office for the first time, we will evaluate your smile with an initial oral examination. During this exam, we will discuss your goals with you and determine your eligibility for our various services to help you find the right solution for your individual needs. Our team is pleased to offer services that are accommodating for a variety of needs and desires; we want to help you reach your goals with the treatment that is optimal for your smile.

Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your orthodontic baseline. Dr. Ponce will perform a complete oral examination, which includes an analysis of your malocclusion and a thorough examination of your teeth, oral musculature, and possible skeletal deformities. We will also perform a thorough radiographic analysis of panoramic and cephalometric X-rays, as well as a photographic analysis. Any etiological factors, such as poor oral habits, will also be evaluated. We want to help you achieve your goals for your smile, and we look forward to giving you the personalized, high-quality service you deserve.

We invite you to call our friendly team today to learn more about our orthodontic services and to schedule your initial oral examination. We are eager to give you a reason to smile!


It’s normal for a patient to have discomfort for a day or two after braces or retainers are adjusted. It can make eating uncomfortable. Reassure the patient that the discomfort is both normal and temporary. Encourage soft foods. Have the patient rinse the mouth with warm salt water. If the patient is allowed to have over-the-counter pain relievers, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be effective

Mouth Sores

Some patients are susceptible to episodes of mouth sores. While braces do not cause them, they may be precipitated or exacerbated by an irritation from braces. One or several areas of ulceration of the cheeks, lips or tongue may appear. This is not an emergency, but may be very uncomfortable for the patient. Prompt relief may be achieved by applying a small amount of topical anesthetic (such as Orabase or Ora-Gel) directly to the ulcerated surface using a cotton swab. Instruct the patient to reapply as needed.

Irritation in Mouth

Sometimes new braces can be irritating to the mouth, especially when the patient is eating. A small amount of non-medicinal relief wax makes an excellent buffer between metal and mouth. Simply pinch off a small piece and roll it into a ball the size of a small pea. Flatten the ball and place it completely over the area of the braces causing irritation. The patient may then eat lunch more comfortably. Let the student know that if the wax is accidentally ingested it’s not a problem. The wax is harmless.

Braces For Adults

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just limited to children, in fact, patients of all ages can gain a straighter smile that is healthier and more beautiful too. For adults, we offer clear braces as well as Invisalign® so they won’t have to wear highly visible orthodontia.

Braces For Children

Your children can gain an even bite and a straight smile that allow their teeth to stay strong and healthy for a lifetime. We provide traditional metal braces as well as the early orthodontics that prevent more serious malocclusion problems from developing.