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 benefits of Invisalign treatment in San Francisco

Invisalign Treatment San Francisco

Kelton research recently did a study on perception for Invisalign, and the results help explain the ever-increasing popularity of the Invisalign teeth straightening system. According to the study, teeth are the outstanding feature people notice when meeting someone and the smile is the memory that lingers the longest. A smile has more effect on social perception than most people realize, and as this becomes more evident, increasing numbers are seeking cosmetic treatment such as Invisalign.

When someone looks in the mirror and sees that they look their best, they can greet the world with confidence, but when they see crooked teeth, it can lower their self-esteem and diminish their pride. Many of these sufferers are committing to do something about it with dental treatment. They seek treatments such as Invisalign for the same reason they want to straighten their teeth – appearance.

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The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligner trays to move teeth progressively into their proper positions. The clear trays are virtually invisible when worn, enabling patients to straighten their teeth discreetly. The aesthetics of discreet alignment is beneficial to both adults and teens, as they can avoid the adolescent look of traditional metal braces. The trays are smooth and comfortable, and they don’t cause the tissue abrasion associated with brackets and wires. Because the teeth are moved slowly, in small increments, they don’t create the pain that tightening the wires on metal braces causes. Oral hygiene is simple because the trays are removable; patients can brush and floss effectively, eliminating the increased risk of decay associated with metal braces.

The Invisalign system is a great timesaver, though length of treatment is about the same as that for traditional bracket and wire braces. Patients spend less time in the dentist’s chair during an appointment. Visits are simply a quick check by the doctor to make certain that treatment is progressing as planned. Fewer dental visits are required; patients only need to see the doctor about every six weeks. Oral hygiene is fast; Invisalign eliminates the time-consuming routine of cleaning around brackets and under wires.

The benefits of straightening teeth go beyond cosmetic. It facilitates better oral health as well. Misaligned teeth are harder to clean effectively, increasing the risk of periodontal disease and cavities. Straight teeth also improve dental function by balancing the forces on the teeth ensuring better long-term health of the teeth, gums, and bone. In addition, treatment can assist chewing properly and speaking clearly. Finally, it is much easier for dental work to be completed on properly aligned teeth.

Dr. Leo Arellano has extensive experience with the Invisalign system. He has straightened many smiles in San Francisco through the years. Those who want straighter teeth, an enhanced smile, and improved oral health should call 415-881-4343 today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Arellano.

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