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Resolve to Smile More: Top Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures for the New Year

As 2012 winds down and 2013 approaches, New Year's resolutions are on everyone's mind. And while it's typical to resolve to eat better or work out more, this January you may want to consider vowing to show your teeth. A recent study in Psychological Science suggests that smiling actually affects our physical health, lowering heart rates and reducing overall stress levels. However, not everyone is comfortable showing off his or her pearly whites. If unhealthy or unsightly chompers are keeping you from smiling this season, board-certified cosmetic dentistry specialist Dr. Bradley Matthew, DDS, MICOI of South Bay Smiles may be able to help.

“Not only are healthy teeth key to maintaining your ability to speak and eat, but a great smile has a significant effect on one's self-esteem and confidence,” says Dr. Matthew, DDS, MICOI. “Fortunately, we live in an era where you don't have to live with an unsightly smile.”

Dr. Matthew, DDS, MICOI has compiled a list of the top four cosmetic dentistry procedures to keep you smiling brightly in 2013:

1. Teeth Whitening. One of the fastest and least-invasive forms of cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening can give you the bright white teeth you've always desired in just one hour. Dr. Matthew, DDS, MICOI utilizes several methods including BriteSmile, a state-of-the-art safe in-office system clinically proven to whiten teeth. Check out our teeth whitening before-and-after photos now.

2. Invisalign. Are you sensitive about that crooked grin or underbite? Invisalign offers the beautiful straight smile you want without the metal mouth. Comfortable and subtle, the Invisalign system utilizes a series of custom aligners to straighten your teeth. Talk to Dr. Matthew, DDS, MICOI to see if Invisalign is right for you.

3. Porcelain Crowns. Want a beautiful new smile in just 2-3 office visits? Porcelain crowns offer a great solution to cracked, crooked or discolored teeth while also improving durability and tooth strength.

4. If you're missing teeth, traditional dentures and bridges can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile. Dental Implants offer more stability than other forms of restoration while providing a natural-looking and attractive appearance. Dr. Matthew, DDS, MICOI would love to meet with you to determine if you are a good candidate for this form of tooth restoration.

5. Dental Exams. To ensure a beautiful smile in 2013 and beyond, one of the most important things you can do is to take care of your teeth. Protecting your pearly whites starts with getting regular dental exams from an expert dentist. If you've been putting off scheduling that dental checkup, don't wait any longer. Schedule an appointment with a board-certified dentist like Dr. Matthew, DDS, MICOI today.

Your smile affects, not only how others see you, but also how you see yourself. Correct that dental problem that's been bothering you and resolve to smile more in 2013.

Dr. Bradley Matthew, DDS, MICOI offers a variety of general and cosmetic dentistry procedures at South Bay Smiles in Los Angeles. If you're interested in one of the above dental procedures or another treatment, don't hesitate to call us at (310) 670-0659 or schedule a consultation online.