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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Dr. Leo Arellano helps image-conscious adults in San Francisco straighten their smiles with high tech invisible aligners. Invisalign provides orthodontic correction without the obvious brackets and wires inherent with traditional metal braces. The flexibility, convenience, and aesthetics of the treatment fit in seamlessly with the personal, social, and professional lifestyles of today’s busy adults.


Dr. Arellano takes pictures, x-rays, and impressions and sends them to Invisalign, where a 3-D image of the teeth is created. The doctor designs a step-by-step plan based on the digital model, determining the precise movements of the teeth and the length of the treatment. The Invisalign laboratory creates a series of aligners based on the doctor’s specifications and sends the aligners to our office.

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The aligners are made of a virtually invisible BPA free thermoplastic material. Patients have no reason to feel self-conscious, because most people don’t even notice they are wearing the trays. The most obvious aspect of Invisalign treatment is the patient’s beautifully straight smile when the process is complete.


The patient wears the aligner tray for two weeks and then exchanges it for the next tray in the numbered series. The trays are removed when eating, which allows patients to enjoy all of their favorite foods. The removable trays make oral hygiene easy because there are no brackets and wires to try to clean around. The trays can be cleaned by brushing gently in cool water before placing them back over the teeth. If they need a deeper cleaning, they can be soaked for about 20 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and cool water or white vinegar and cool water. After soaking, brush and rinse gently. Cool or tepid water is necessary because hot water could warp the trays.


Invisalign treatment saves time in a number of ways. Oral hygiene is quick and easy. Dental visits are only needed about every six weeks, rather than every two to four weeks as is necessary with traditional orthodontic treatment. Dental visits are quick and easy because they are simply a progress check rather than the time it takes to tighten the wires of metal braces.


A straighter smile is a healthier smile. Gaps between teeth, or crowded teeth, create areas that can harbor bacteria-laden plaque, which can lead to bad breath, decay, and gum disease. In addition, most patients are so happy with their beautiful, straight smiles that they tend to practice better oral hygiene and maintain regular dental appointments.

Call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Arellano and our terrific team today. We are conveniently located at 3030 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118.

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