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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Improve your smile with Invisalign clear braces in San Francisco

Invisalign Clear Braces at Leo Arellano DDS PC in San Francisco Area

A crooked smile is more than a cosmetic issue. Crooked teeth are also more difficult to clean, and they can hinder blood flow through your gums, which can increase the risk of gum disease. Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth with discreet, removable aligner trays that work like invisible clear braces.

Dr. Arellano offers Invisalign clear braces in San Francisco to straighten teeth and correct bite issues without all the hassle of braces.

How Invisalign works

The aligner trays will apply consistent force to your teeth to move them into place, and over two weeks, they will no longer feel tight. You can then switch to the next aligner and continue switching out until your teeth reach the desired position in your mouth. Typically, this will take between 12 to 18 months.

Pros and Cons of Invisalign

The main reason people prefer Invisalign is that they are nearly invisible and much more comfortable to wear than braces. Because they are removable, you can enjoy foods like popcorn, chewy bagels, corn on the cob, and other things that braces prevent you from eating.

You will also have a much easier time keeping your teeth clean. Flossing and brushing your teeth is much simpler because you can remove your aligners, so you don’t have an increased risk of cavities while you straighten your teeth.

Additionally, Invisalign won’t require as many follow up appointments, and the appointments take much less time. Braces require a lot of maintenance, and sometimes your orthodontist will need to make repairs.

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The biggest drawback to Invisalign is the fact that they are so easy to remove. It is up to you to commit to wearing them throughout the day and overnight so that they can realign your mouth. If you skip a day or take them out frequently to drink coffee and snack, it may take a lot longer to get results.

Get expert advice 

Dr. Arellano has worked with patients in San Francisco for over 30 years, and he has extensive training and experience working in all areas of cosmetic dentistry. Contact Leo Arellano DDS PC at 415-881-4343 to schedule a consultation today for Invisalign Clear Braces in San Francisco.

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