San Francisco CA Porcelain veneers look like natural tooth enamel

San Francisco CA Porcelain veneers look like natural tooth enamel

Porcelain dental veneers are one of the most beautiful ways of enhancing a smile. They are a conservative treatment, involving minimal tooth reduction, about 0.5 mm, compared to a crown, which requires removal of a significant amount of tooth structure. They can alter the appearance of the color, size, shape, and position of the teeth. Although they are not appropriate in all situations, porcelain veneers result in truly remarkable transformation when they are the chosen treatment.

Why porcelain?

The use of porcelain in dentistry goes back more than 200 years. Porcelain has advanced significantly over the years, and modern dental porcelain is known for its natural appearance as well as durability, hardness, strength, glassiness, translucence, and chemical resistance. Porcelain veneers, in the hands of a skilled dentist, such as Dr. Leo Arellano, results in truly spectacular enhancement.

All it takes is about three weeks to correct dental imperfections that have embarrassed patients for years. Veneers require placement by a professional with Dr. Arellano’s level of artistry, precision, and skill, for optimum results.

However, the process is quick and simple for the patient.

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  • The area to be treated is numbed with anesthetic to ensure patient comfort
  • Dr. Arellano prepares each tooth by shaving off a small amount of enamel
  • Once the teeth are prepared, an impression is made to be used by the ceramist to create custom fit restorations
  • Interim resin veneers may be placed to protect the prepared teeth and reduce sensitivity
  • The veneers are sent to the dental office in about two weeks
  • The patient returns to the office for placement of the permanent veneers
  • The interim restorations are removed
  • The teeth are cleaned and etched to ensure a tight bond
  • Dr. Arellano evaluates the veneers and makes any necessary adjustments
  • A bonding solution is applied to the teeth
  • Each veneer is cemented with precision
  • The veneers are cleaned and polished to a lustrous glow
  • The patient is given aftercare instructions and leaves the office with a beautiful new smile

Dr. Arellano and his terrific team have perfected hundreds of smiles in San Francisco using porcelain veneers. Call 415-881-4343 today and ask about our complimentary consultation.

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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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