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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The fastest way to achieve a dramatic smile makeover

The fastest way to achieve a dramatic smile makeover

The only way a patient can ensure a satisfactory smile enhancement is clear communication with the dentist during the consultation and throughout treatment. It is important that a patient know exactly what their goals are and explain them fully to the dentist. A smile is viewed personally by a patient and technically by a dentist. While a patient is looking at a chip or misshapen tooth,; the dentist may be looking at midline or crown length.

Patients need to explain what they like and dislike about their smile and the changes they want to make, be they subtle or dramatic. The dentist needs to know whether the end goal is a so-called “Hollywood Smile” that is brilliant white and perfectly even in shape and alignment, or a more natural looking smile with subtle variations in color, shape, or shade.

Once the patient has fully explained their concerns and goals, the dentist conducts a dual phase comprehensive examination. First oral health must be confirmed, if there are dental issues, such as gingivitis or decay, they must be addressed before starting the cosmetic enhancement.

The second phase is the smile assessment, with a focus on the patient’s aesthetic requests. It must be determined if the patient has realistic expectations. With a detailed “wish list,’ the dentist can determine what treatment or combination of treatments can achieve the patient’s goals. Frequently porcelain veneers can address all of the flaws a patient sees in their smile.

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Porcelain veneers can change the size, shape, color, and position (within reason) of a tooth. They are the second most popular treatment in cosmetic dentistry today, only surpassed by tooth whitening. The reason for this popularity is they are one of the most aesthetic methods of changing a smile, and they typically require just two visits to the dentist after the consultation. The porcelain’s glassy translucence and the way it refracts and reflects light mimics natural tooth enamel perfectly. In the hands of the right dentist, no one will be aware a beautiful smile is the result of dental work; it looks like the patient was blessed with a naturally stunning smile.

Dr. Leo Arellano and his elite dental team are responsible for many stunning smiles in San Francisco. Anyone wanting a new smile in as little as two weeks can schedule a consultation by calling 415-881-4343 or visiting the office at 3030 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA.

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