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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Braceless braces from your Invisalign dentist in San Francisco

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Many people want straighter teeth for more attractive smiles, but will not consider traditional braces because of the effects they would have on their image and lifestyle. In today’s appearance conscious society, image can have a dramatic effect on an individual’s success. For professionals in the San Francisco Bay area, traditional braces are simply not an option. Metal bracket and wire orthodontics are effective, but unesthetic, and frequently associated with adolescence. Many individuals are not willing to sacrifice their appearance to have orthodontic correction to their teeth.

Dr. Leo Arellano understands these feelings and offers Invisalign, a discreet method to straighten teeth, to people in San Francisco living in the Pacific Heights, Laurel Heights, and Richmond districts, and the surrounding areas. Invisalign is an esthetic, effective alternative that can correct most cases of crowding, rotation, wide spacing, overbite, underbite, and crossbite. There are alternative orthodontic systems available, but they don’t offer the superior level of convenience, comfort, and confidence that Invisalign does.

It corrects malocclusion with a series of clear, BPA free, nearly invisible thermoplastic aligners that are worn over the teeth. The aligners gently move the teeth into their ideal alignment through the appropriate placement of controlled force. The timing of the movement contributes to the comfort of the treatment, as only a few specific teeth are moved during each phase of the process. Patients can see digitized images of the way their smile will look at each stage of the process before treatment begins.

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The various orthodontic treatments available create the same results, straight teeth and a more attractive smile. However, the advantages of treatment with Invisalign are obvious when compared to other options.

Malocclusion can negatively impact a patient’s oral health as well as appearance. If the bite is affected, jaw pain and excessive tooth wear can result in the need for additional treatment. Additionally, misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean thoroughly, increasing the risk of developing periodontal disease and tooth decay. People no longer have to choose between a flawed smile with an increased risk to their oral health or the unsightly appearance of metal braces. Invisalign offers an innovative patient-friendly solution.

Dr. Arellano wants everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile, so he offers complimentary 15-minute consultations. Call 415-881-4343 for details.

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