Get the smile you deserve with Invisalign!
Fredericksburg Smile Center’s Dr. Joel Butterworth is proud to be the #1 Platinum Invisalign dentist in Fredericksburg, Virginia. For both teens and adults, clear aligners have changed the face of dentistry forever. As the most popular of clear aligners, Invisalign is an impactful leader in the orthodontic industry. Here at Smile Center, located at 2330 Plank Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (behind Cowboy Jack’s and Wawa off Rt. 3), you can join over 5 million patients who have transformed their smiles by using this convenient, affordable, and effective treatment system.
Through a series of plastic teeth molds (called aligners), we can gently and gradually move each of your teeth into the smile you deserve. For 18 years, Fredericksburg Smile Center has been successfully treating patients with this innovative technology that surpasses its competitors in comfort, efficiency, and accuracy. As a Platinum status Invisalign provider, Dr. Butterworth is a trusted expert that patients can feel comfortable with and rely upon for superior results.
We look forward to customizing your plan – including before and after images – so that you can catch a glimpse of your new smile even before making a decision. During your consultation, we will discuss how the treatment works, how long you will need to wear aligners, the pros and cons of aligners vs. braces, the cost, and whether clear align technology is the most suitable treatment option. Giving you one more reason to smile is always our goal at Smile Center.
Let us introduce you to Invisalign, our Fredericksburg Smile Scan, Dr. Joel Butterworth and answer all of your Invisalign questions!
- What is Invisalign?
- Invisalign Smile Scan
- What are the benefits of Invisalign treatment?
- How does Invisalign compare to other clear aligners?
- Dr. Joel S. Butterworth, Platinum Plus Invisalign Dentist
- How does Invisalign work?
- Invisalign vs. braces
- Can I preview my new smile?
- Invisalign Smile Assessment
- How much does Invisalign cost?
- Is Invisalign for me?
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment in which teeth are gently corrected by using a series of custom clear aligners. Unlike other clear aligners, Invisalign is made of SmartTrack material, engineered specifically for comfort and effectiveness.
The most common misconception is that straightening your teeth is more about cosmetics than oral health. The reality is that when teeth are in proper alignment, they are less prone to problems like decay, cavities, and other more serious, long-term dental health issues. Not only can Invisalign help you achieve your best smile, the treatment can also lead to optimal dental health.
There are also some misconceptions about the impact aligners will have on a patient’s lifestyle. You might be pleasantly surprised by the cost, length, and ease of treatment. Check out the Made to Move YouTube videos to connect with the experiences of teens and adults across the world and find out why over 5 million people have decided to take care of their oral health with the clear align technology.
At Smile Center, we look forward to designing the treatment that works best for you and guiding you every step along the way. Call the office today at 540-899-7791 if you would like to discuss the many reasons why Invisalign could impact your smile and your life.
Invisalign Treatment Starts with a Smile Assessment.
In three simple steps, we will create a digital plan together. At your consultation appointment, you will have the opportunity to see the science behind your new smile and discover what it is like to have Invisalign treatment.
1) 3D Image of your teeth.
Smile Center’s iTero Element Scanner generates a 3D image of your teeth with ease and precision. There are no molds and no mess. Best of all, the images are created instantly and ready for review. Each tooth movement is calculated based on the 3D x-rays images for ultimate accuracy and efficiency. With technology this advanced, you might be closer to your new smile than you think!
2) Roadmap to your new smile.
Scanned images are instantly loaded into the ClinCheck Software. Dr. Joel Butterworth will then work with Invisalign technology to expertly design every shift of each tooth. These series of steps essentially become the roadmap leading to your new smile. With this roadmap, each of your custom clear aligners will be created. Your individualized system includes clearly labeled packages containing the aligners that you will use throughout your course of treatment.
3) Preview your new smile.
Before and after 3D images will give you a sneak peek at your new smile. Before ordering your aligners, you will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse at how effectively Invisalign aligners can cause your teeth to move. We give you the opportunity to look over reviews and before and after photos of our current and past patients so that you can feel confident about the personalized care and level of service Smile Center provides.
Clear Aligners. Custom design. Comfortable fit.
The 3D scans taken during your Smile Assessment are then used to create your own custom aligners. Invisalign clear aligners are made of SmartTrack material. The trimmed and contoured gum line ensures the highest possible level of comfort. Like traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners actively move teeth and are typically followed up with a clear retainer to keep the teeth in the same position. Unlike most other competitors, Invisalign aligners have a much lower profile. Invisalign feels more like a covering around each tooth rather than a tray. Patients report having much less discomfort and adjustment to the treatment system than they expected.
Fredericksburg’s #1 Invisalign Dentist is at Smile Center
Dr. Joel S. Butterworth, co-owner of Smile Center, is the son of Fredericksburg Smile Center founder, Dr. Cathie Hidalgo Seaman. Native to 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 and before returning to Fredericksburg, Dr. Butterworth completed a General Practice Residency at the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. An Invisalign trained doctor, Dr. Butterworth will carefully check the fit, answer any and all questions, and go over the next steps for your treatment.
Founded in 1985, Fredericksburg Smile Center is a family-focused, whole health, dental service provider. With a comprehensive and gentle approach, Fredericksburg Smile Center services a variety of dental care needs while helping their patients feel at home. Conveniently located in Gateway Village at 2330 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401, Smile Center is an integral part of the Fredericksburg Community. Natives to Fredericksburg, founder Dr. Cathie Hidalgo Seaman, and her son, Dr. Joel Butterworth, take pride in serving the region by providing the highest level of service to their patients and by participation in various local outreach programs throughout the year, especially the annual Smiles With a Heart event.
How much does Invisalign cost?
You might be surprised by how affordable your new smile can be. Our patients typically find that the cost of Invisalign treatment is actually similar to the cost of traditional braces. Depending on your plan, insurance may cover costs up to $3,500. Since patients also may use pre-tax dollars through a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA), there are actually three ways to pay. As an Invisalign provider, Smile Center can walk you through a monthly payment plan process that works best for you. Ultimately, an investment in your smile could save you thousands of dollars by helping you avoid the negative side effects of having misaligned teeth.
Five Negative Side Effects of Crooked Teeth:
- Oral health directly affects a patient’s overall health as bacteria can lead to infections – not only in the mouth but in other parts of the body as well.
- Periodontal or gum disease is more prevalent in patients with crooked teeth. The reason for this is crevasses can often harbor bacteria which then leads to plaque build-up and the erosion and infection of the gumline.
- Bacteria in the mouth is the number one cause of bad breath.
- Flossing and brushing teeth will be less efficient in crowded areas. The less accessible parts of the teeth and gum line will be more susceptible to bacterial growth.
- Teeth that are exposed or protruding can chip or crack more easily than teeth that are in proper alignment.
Invisalign vs. Braces
When comparing the difference between Invisalign vs. braces vs. other clear aligners, it is clear why over 5 million people have chosen Invisalign for the advantages it provides in lifestyle, appearance, hygiene, material, comfort, tracking, and cost. Most patients have treatable cases and find that they can easily address with Invisalign what they had planned to correct with braces. Typically, the cost is similar and the treatment times may be up to 2x faster, as well.
In a traditional metal braces system, metal brackets are glued to each individual tooth and connected with wires and rubber bands. Wax is used as a preventative for abrasions inside the mouth caused by exposed metal. When a wire pops or bracket brakes, patients must make time for repairs with an emergency orthodontic appointment. The smooth BPA-free plastic aligners are a durable, convenient, comfortable solution for most patients to incorporate into their busy lives.
7 Benefits of Invisalign Treatment
What are the benefits of using Invisalign rather than braces? For treatable cases, clear aligners are a more convenient option in general; but here are some specific reasons why over five million patients have decided that Invisalign is the right treatment for them:
- With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions.
- No physical activity restrictions.
- Unobstructed brushing and flossing.
- No broken wires or emergency visits.
- Invisalign is nearly invisible.
- Custom fit.
- Invisalign is backed by what is called the “Invisalign Teen Guarantee.”
A Day in the Life with Invisalign
Invisalign treatment is designed to have the most minimal impact possible on your day-to-day life. Patients often ask: how long do you wear your retainers? Do you really have to wear Invisalign for 22 hours? How many times a day can I remove Invisalign? How long does Invisalign treatment take?
For best results, aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day. The clear aligners are worn throughout the day and night. Patients are instructed to eat, drink, and brush as usual by simply removing the aligners for those activities. The blue compliance indicators, which are unique to Invisalign, make it possible for parents of teens to track usage and tooth movement. The system also comes with a case so that the aligners can be safely stored during the brief times they are removed.
The length of treatment varies according to each patients’ needs. And the success and speed of the treatment depend on the fidelity of the patient to the treatment plan. By using the aligners for 20-22 hours each day, you will be closer and closer to your new smile. The timeline for Invisalign treatment can be faster than or similar to braces, depending on each individual’s case. The full course of treatment could typically be anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Most patients complete their treatment by using an Invisalign retainer to keep their new smile in place.
Is Invisalign for me?
Invisalign can be used to successfully correct every type of malocclusion: overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite. It is also a successful treatment plan for crowded teeth, gap teeth, or generally straighter teeth. And straight teeth is not simply about cosmetics. Proper alignment of teeth plays a significant role in your oral health. When your teeth are optimally aligned, you will experience fewer cavities and fewer extractions, implants, and crowns.
How do you know that you need Invisalign? In only a few moments and in the comfort of your own home, you can get started by taking a smile assessment. At Invisalign.com, patients can also find answers to frequently asked questions and browse through before and after photos of patients who have been treated with Invisalign. If you would like to discuss treatment options and possibly get started with clear aligner therapy, your next step is to book an appointment at Smile Center for a consultation. We are conveniently located at 2330 Plank Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
Start with Invisalign at Smile Center Fredericksburg!
We look forward to customizing your plan – including before and after images – so that you can catch of glimpse of your new smile even before making a decision. During your consultation, we will discuss how the treatment works, how long you will need to wear aligners, the pros and cons of aligners vs braces, the cost, and whether clear align technology is the most suitable treatment option for you.
Giving you one more reason to smile – that is always our goal at Smile Center.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment so that you can decide if Invisalign is right for you.
Call the office: 540-899-7791
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.