Straight, evenly spaced teeth are not only cosmetically appealing, they are also good for your oral health. They are easier to brush and floss and more likely to maintain a proper bite. If your bite is thrown off, you may experience jaw pain, increased wear and tear on your teeth, and problems speaking or eating. Traditional orthodontia is effective yet conspicuous, so many adults and teens refuse braces because they don’t want others to see the metal brackets and wires in their mouth. Luckily, technological advancements have led to the development of clear teeth aligners, known as the Invisalign system. Invisalign is a safe medical device approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that invisibly improves the alignment and positioning of your teeth. Dr. Susan Fredericks works with Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients at Southern Cal Smiles to give them a beautiful smile with Invisalign. The removable aligners come in sets and resemble teeth whitening trays. They are comfortable, easy to wear, and very discreet. If you’re looking for a way to straighten your smile without earning the nickname “metal mouth,” schedule a consultation with cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks at her office in Woodland Hills, CA to learn more about Invisalign.
"If you want a personal dentist with a professional office personnel and the highest quality of care this is the place!! I have had dental nightmares in the past and it took me a while (even with insurance) to walk in an office. Dr. Susan STANDS BEHIND HER WORK, and the receptionist ALWAYS sends reminders including an email with a calendar interface for my Samsung phone. Accommodating schedules too!!! Open some Saturdays and late Wednesday night. As a person who travels for business...this is a HUGE plus! Higeinists are all caring (yes...learned the proper way to floss-yes THAT is a thing)...As long as I am in this area I will stick with this office of great people! Don't hesitate, just make an appointment!"- J.M. / Yelp / Jan 16, 2019
"she was fantastic, made the process really easy. The whole staff was very professional, and organized. They made me feel safe, and warm."- A.A. / Healthgrades / Dec 31, 2019
"My life has changed so much since I came to see Dr. Fredericks I smile so much. I never felt beautiful because my teeth were so distracting. My personality has also changed because now that I smile more, people smile back at me; it has been contagious. I laugh and enjoy living. I have changed my name to Sandy Beach and I will use that as my pen name as I am writing a book. When people meet me they laugh and smile when I tell them the name. Thank you Susan for giving me my confidence back."- S.B. / Healthgrades / Dec 15, 2019
"100% attention to you as a patient accurate decision making - clear communication - and answer to every question.Love to visit my Dentist Office, great energy and easy welcoming into the space of maybe not the most comfortable moments :)but you won't feel any pain - in any action they may have to take.Thank you to all, and see you soon."- R.F. / Healthgrades / Dec 11, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr. Susan's for many many years and she has always taken great care of me. However, today she really impressed me when I came in for a tooth that I broke she examined the tooth, gums, and xray. She realized that I what I needed was a better Xray so she referred me to a root canal specialist in the building. He took the Xray and concluded that Susan was right and that I did indeed need a root canal. Susan Fredericks made sure I was seen the same day and that I got the necessary work done. She knows when she can do something and she also knows and is not afraid to admit when a certain procedure is best done by another dentist (specialist); and for that I have great respect and trust for her. Thank You Dr.Fredericks"- C.L. / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 2019
What to Expect
If you and Dr. Fredericks decide that Invisalign is right for you, your treatment will start with digital x-rays and dental impressions that will be used to create your first set of teeth aligners. Dr. Fredericks will help you understand how to wear and care for your aligners, as well as when and how long you can remove them (Invisalign should be worn 20 – 22 hours per day). Most aligners will be worn for two weeks before you switch to a new set, but this can vary based on your progress and treatment plan. Dental visits should be scheduled about every six weeks to check the fit of the current aligners and take impressions for new trays. During your treatment, Dr. Fredericks will be able to give you a better estimate of how much longer you will be wearing Invisalign, but the average patient wears aligners for about one year.
Once your teeth are in proper alignment, it is important to use a Vivera retainer to maintain the results. This retainer does not need to be worn as many hours a day as Invisalign teeth aligners. Most patients only wear their retainer at night, but this will be determined by Dr. Fredericks. You should continue to visit Southern Cal Smiles twice a year for professional dental cleanings and exams, and follow a good home oral care routine to keep your newly straightened teeth healthy.
The total cost of Invisalign will depend on the complexity of your case and how many different sets of aligners are created during the treatment period. Dental insurance may cover some of the cost of Invisalign, but this varies greatly depending on your insurance company and policy. Our front office can contact your insurance to calculate what will be covered and what will be billed directly to you. Southern Cal Smiles can also help make Invisalign more affordable through our payment options and financing plans.
Plan Your Service
For adults and older teens who have nice teeth, but need a little extra help getting to a perfectly straight and beautiful smile, Invisalign from Southern Cal Smiles can help you get to your goal in comfort and style. With a series of clear aligners that can be easily removed when needed, you can have your best smile without cumbersome, unattractive metal braces. Talk to Dr. Fredericks about your teeth straightening concerns and decide if Invisalign is right for you.