Options for tooth whitening in San Francisco

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Explaining Teeth Whitening Options

People have appreciated the beauty of a brilliant white smile throughout history. Evidence has been found of primitive teeth whitening procedures used in ancient Greece and Rome thousands of years ago. These ancient societies used ingredients such as wine or urine. Thankfully, modern science discovered the benefits of peroxide based bleaching formulas.

In today’s image conscious society, a beautiful white smile is valued more than ever. There are also more formulas and methods for whitening than ever. Over the counter products, such as toothpastes and mouth rinses, yield unsatisfactory, if any, results. Commercially available strips and trays are slightly more effective, though they are much weaker than professional strength formulas. There is also a significant risk of burning soft tissues or causing tooth sensitivity when treatment is not supervised by a dental professional.

In office bleaching procedures, or custom trays from a dentist, are considered superior in safety, speed, effectiveness, and lasting results. There are many brands of professional teeth whitening. Dr. Leo Arellano offers several options, selected for their exquisite results and high level of customer satisfaction. Each has unique advantages, and the best choice is different for every individual.


The unique formula of Opalescence includes fluoride and potassium nitrate, which improves the health, as well as appearance, of teeth. These ingredients strengthen the enamel, and help prevent decay. In-office Opalescence treatment takes about an hour, and does not require the use of lights.

A take home version of Opalescence whitening is also available. It is gentle and effective, containing potassium fluoride to minimize sensitivity. Three strengths are available to meet the individual needs of each patient.

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For over a decade, BriteSmile has been a trusted name in teeth whitening. The patented bleaching agent is formulated to deliver fast, effective results. A gentle blue light is used to activate the gel for maximum results.

DayWhite and NiteWhite

These two formulas, from the makers of ZOOM! are designed for convenience and results. They contain potassium nitrate and fluoride to protect teeth and reduce sensitivity. Trays are custom made for a perfect fit. DayWhite is used for a short time each day, and NiteWhite is worn every night. Optimal results are usually achieved in about two weeks.

Patients who are looking for a brighter, whiter smile are advised to avoid the risks and disappointment associated with sub-par whitening systems by calling 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leo Arellano.

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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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