Top-rated dental care to transform your smile

Fredericksburg & Ashland Smile CEnter

We are a local, family-owned dentist practice providing general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and more to the dynamic communities of Fredericksburg, VA and Ashland, VA. Learn more about the services we offer, our state-of-the-art technology, and contact us today!

Fredericksburg Smile Center

2330 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-386-0078

Ashland Smile Center

105 Lee Street
Ashland, VA 23005
Phone: 804-902-2768


No Dental Insurance? No Problem.

Here at Fredericksburg and Ashland Smile Center, we’re proud to make it easy to pay for dental services. We offer high-end dental services at an affordable price. Our staff is trained to help you understand your benefits. We also have financing options that offer low-interest, low-finance plans. Finding affordable dentistry doesn’t have to be intimidating!


Our Services

Digital Dentistry Through digital scanning and state-of-the-art x-ray technology The Smile Center offers an improved patient experience.

Same Day CEREC Crowns Our crown milling system allows to create and fit your custom crown during the same appointment. This convenient service saves you time.

Dental Implants Implants can offer a long-lasting and comfortable solution for a natural looking and beautiful smile.

Endodontics Our dentists can remove the infected pulp around a tooth and the nerve if necessary to prevent future infection.

Oral Surgery We offer wisdom teeth removal, TMJ treatment, sinus augmentation, and more from our highly trained oral surgeons.

Sedation Dentistry We have multiple options to make your dental experience as calming and relaxing as possible.

Emergency Dentistry When dental emergencies occur, give our office a call and we will see you as soon as possible.

Laser Technology We use laser technology for soft tissue surgery because it helps to decrease swelling and discomfort as well as improve recovery time

Pediatric Dentistry Bring your entire family to The Smile Center! We offer services for every age. It is important to start healthy oral habits at a young age

Invisalign Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that gently corrects your teeth in an effective and easy way.

Teeth Whitening Get the bright white smile you are looking for with our teeth whitening options. We offer in-office whitening and at-home whitening services.

Dentures and Partials Restorative dentistry includes replacing teeth when necessary to improve your smile and preserve your other teeth.

Dental Veneers Veneers are custom made coverings for the front of your teeth that can correct chipped, cracked, decayed, or crooked teeth.

Tongue and Lip-tie Treatment Dr. Butterworth utilizes laser technology to perform tongue and lip-tie releases (also known as a frenectomy) in children and adults.


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Frequently Asked Questions  | General Dentistry

How often should I visit the dentist for a check-up?

It is generally recommended to visit the dentist for a regular check-up and cleaning every six months. However, your dentist may suggest a more frequent schedule based on your individual oral health needs.

What are common procedures in general dentistry?

General dentistry includes procedures like cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, and preventive treatments. Dentists also provide education on proper oral care and hygiene practices.

What is the importance of regular dental cleanings?

Regular dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar buildup, preventing issues like cavities and gum disease. They also give the dentist an opportunity to identify and address potential problems early.


Meet the Team

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Dr. Joel Butterworth

Dr. Joel Butterworth, son of Fredericksburg Smile Center founder Dr. Cathie Hidalgo, is a native of the area. Dr. Butterworth grew up in Bowling Green and Fredericksburg where he graduated from Fredericksburg Academy. Dr. Butterworth attended The College of Charleston and graduated with a B.S. in Biology and received minors in Political Science and Spanish. He received his D.D.S from Howard University College of Dentistry in 2015. Upon graduation, Dr. Butterworth completed a General Practice Residency at the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Working with veterans, he has extensive training in hospital dentistry and clinical experience with medically compromised patients. In addition to advanced work in all fields of dentistry, Dr. Butterworth’s training includes advanced anesthesia and pain control, TMJ disorders, dental oncology and emergency medicine. Dr. Butterworth enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, golfing, gardening, cooking, traveling, and tending to his homestead. 

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Dr. Nil Amin

Dr. Nil Amin is the youngest of three and is from Yorktown, Virginia. Dr. Amin earned a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University. He then went on to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine to receive his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD). Upon graduation, Dr. Amin went to Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to complete his general practice residency at the Wilkes Barre VA Medical Center. During his residency, he received extensive training with medically compromised patients. He recently got engaged and enjoys playing tennis, cooking, and traveling.

Fredericksburg Smile Center Staff #3 | Dentists in Fredericksburg, VA & Ashland, VA

Dr. Francisco Mesa

Dr. Francisco Mesa is originally from Colombia, South America where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from  Autonoma University in 1998. In 2005, Dr. Mesa obtained his dental license in the State of Minnesota, where he practiced and resided for 24 years. Dr. Mesa went on to complete a residency program for Advanced Education in General Dentistry from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2005.  In 2006, he completed a second residency program for Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Mesa also has a degree in Health Care Administration from Concordia University. Dr. Mesa worked for over 25 years in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and recently sold his practice to relocate to Virginia with his family. Dr. Mesa is married and has 4 children. He enjoys playing soccer, cycling, and spending time with his family.


We’re Thrilled To Offer Advanced Procedures From Our Expert Oral Surgeon

We perform many oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures at our Fredericksburg office. Our doctors have extensive training in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of oral health conditions. Our Oral Surgeon is board certified in his specialty and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is highly skilled in implants, wisdom teeth removal, full arch rehabilitation, bone grafting, sinus augmentations, impacted canines and facial trauma.

Contact Us

We are committed to providing you and your family with the highest quality dentistry possible. Starting with a friendly smile when you enter, our staff will guide you to the patient waiting area where you can relax before you are called back. Give us a call today or send us an email to schedule an appointment.


2330 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm 


105 Lee Street
Ashland, VA 23005, United States

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