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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Better Than Metal Braces

Invisalign in San Francisco

Every individual is deserving of a happy and healthy smile. If your smile contains teeth that are crowded or spaced too far apart, you may hide the best part of yourself from those around you. Rather than cover your mouth when you laugh or speak, consider how Invisalign in San Francisco can help you gain confidence through your best smile.

In the past, there was one basic option in orthodontics. These traditional metal braces were a bit uncomfortable; not to mention a bit unsightly. Cumbersome brackets and wires were a necessary evil of sorts. More than that, this method of straightening teeth could also set a patient up for difficulty when brushing and flossing for the many months that the braces are worn. Today, Invisalign has changed the face of braces!

Invisalign, the new method of gaining a beautifully straight smile, is ideal for patients who have slight to moderate misalignments of the teeth that are visible when he or she smiles. When you choose this method over traditional metal braces, you move towards straighter teeth without ever broadcasting the fact that you are wearing a dental device. This is perhaps the number one reason why so many patients choose Invisalign over braces.

Aside from appearance, Invisalign has the benefit of being removable and completely comfortable. This way of straightening teeth has eliminated the risk of cutting or irritating the cheek and gums caused by the metal brackets and wires of braces. The removable trays, while they should be worn regularly, can be quickly and easily taken out during meals and when brushing and flossing your teeth. In this way, you maintain the highest level of oral hygiene while going through this orthodontic treatment.

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Using Invisalign is simple. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and sends the molds to the lab where a series of custom trays are fabricated. Once these have been completed, your dentist will fit you with your first tray and send you home with a few. Trays are to be worn at all times other than the instances mentioned above. Every few weeks, as prescribed in your treatment plan, you will change to the next tray in the series and visit your dentist periodically for assessment.

With Invisalign, you get straighter teeth without the hassle or discomfort. Speak with your dentist to start towards your best smile!

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Upper front tooth replaced with an all porcelain Maryland Bonded Bridge.

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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.... More Reviews