Our community has been through a lot due to the ongoing pandemic, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority of our dental practice, and you may have seen that we take great pride in this. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep the patients, staff, and the ones we come in contact with in our daily lives safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

Upon the emergence of COVID-19, here are some additional measures we take to ensure your safety:
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office, and we will be taking your temperature. Based on your answers and if your temperature is 100.4°F or higher, we will need to reschedule your appointment.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. Similarly, please limit the personal belongings that you bring inside to your appointment.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients when possible. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. Please respect the social distancing requirement of 6 feet where practical.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. To that end, please consider calling from your car to check on the status of the reception area and be on time. Also, please come alone to your appointments. If needed, one guardian/caretaker is permitted, but they must remain in the reception area.
  • Please arrive with face masks/coverings for they will be required at all times for both patients and staff when appropriate.
  • An antiseptic mouth rinse will be used just prior to treatment for the health and safety of all. Where possible, expect changes in how we do certain procedures to eliminate or reduce the spread of aerosols and splatter during treatment. For example, for now we will be temporarily eliminating ultrasonic tools and teeth polishing during your teeth cleaning appointments until further notice.
  • Clear sneeze guard barriers between you and our front desk personnel will be used to aid in social distancing, and we ask that we all limit our conversations to what’s necessary to limit contact time. More regular and frequent sanitizing of high touch areas and items will be done for your health and safety. This includes door and other handles, light switches, countertops, etc.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 415-752-8311 .

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Dr. Leo Arellano

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Professional teeth whitening offered by a cosmetic dentist in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA dentist, Dr. Arellano, is a dentist who offers professional whitening solutions for patients seeking cosmetic enhancement

One of the most common complaints about the appearance of the smile is dull or discolored teeth. When yellowing and discoloration occur, it may be time to speak to a professional about the benefits of using professional teeth whitening procedures in the San Francisco, CA area. Dr. Leo Arellano is a cosmetic dentist who can assist with brightening the smile using professional-grade products.

What methods of whitening are provided?

While there is a myriad of whitening products in the oral care aisles in your local drugstore, many of these fall short in providing real results. Additionally, using them over and over can be expensive and result in unwanted sensitivity. Instead, we encourage patients to speak with a dentist about professional options, which may include:

  • In-office power whitening
  • Take-home whitening kits

With the in-office power bleaching, patients can enjoy same day brightening. This treatment is performed by the dentist and staff and will include highly monitored bleaching that is done with proper protection for the gum tissues as well. Typically, patients can achieve a more attractive smile with the use of our whitening treatments in office in approximately one hour. These fast and effective results come at a cost but can be a great way to quickly achieve a brighter smile for upcoming reunions, weddings, and other special events.

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For patients who want a little more control over their whitening process, we may recommend the use of professional in-home whitening kits. These include custom whitening trays that are fabricated from impressions of the smile. Patients are supplied with high concentrated whitening gels by their dentist that is administered into the trays. The trays are then worn over the teeth for a specific period each day, so patients can brighten their smile gradually over several weeks.

Image of a Happy couple having with Brighter teeth

Some patients choose to combine both treatments for amazing results. They start with the in-office power whitening that bleaches the teeth several shades in one day, and then they take home a whitening kit to continue to brighten the smile over several weeks. This is the best way to get a brighter smile while having control over the results. Patients can also use their whitening trays and gels as needed to boost the brightness when it begins to dull, maintaining the results over the course of time. We encourage patients to ask about all three methods to determine which one is right for their lifestyle as well as for the results they would like to achieve with treatment.

Learn more about professional whitening with an experienced dentist

Dr. Leo Arellano of the San Francisco, CA area is proud to offer patients with cosmetic solutions such as professional teeth whitening to achieve the smile of their dreams. If you are interested in working with our team to brighten your teeth, contact our office by calling 415-881-4343 for an appointment at our office, conveniently located at 3030 Geary Boulevard.


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Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since 1989 and I believe he is the best of the best! I have experienced many uncomfortable dental procedures in the past, many due to painful injections. Dr. Arellano has excellent technique in anesthetizing that results in painless injections. He truly cares about his patients and his work. His staff, especially Mei, is extraordinary and will go above and beyond to work in appointments, assist in resolving payment/insurance issues, referrals, etc. Dr. Arellano and his team have always provided excellent care and service over the years. I highly recommend him for your dental care.

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