WE HAVE RE-OPENED

Our community has been through a lot over the last couple months, 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.

Here are some new changes we have made 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.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leo Arellano

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Options for tooth whitening in San Francisco

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Providing Options for tooth whitening in San Francisco

Dr. Leo Arellano and his friendly team are dedicated to providing safe and effective dental care for people from Daly City, San Francisco, and throughout the Bay Area. They offer a wide range of cosmetic services in addition to preventive and restorative dental care.

Teeth whitening is safe

Dr. Arellano performs a thorough oral examination prior to treatment. If gum disease or other dental issues are present, they will need to be treated before the teeth can be whitened. The doctor will advise the patient on the best course of treatment to meet their goals. Whether an in-office or at-home treatment is chosen, oversight by a dental professional ensures patient safety and satisfaction.

Some stains respond to treatment better than others

Yellow discoloration responds very well to the whitening agent, brownish stains are slower and more difficult to lighten, and gray-blue stains may not respond at all. Deep intrinsic stains such as those caused by tetracycline may be better treated with bonding or dental veneers.

Whitening is not permanent, but the results can be touched up or retreated

Richly colored foods and beverages will cause the brightness to fade after some time. However, touch-ups at home can help maintain the results. Brushing or at least rinsing after eating, consuming beverages through a straw, and good oral hygiene practices will help preserve the brightness of the smile.

We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Existing dental restorations do not respond to whitening

Bridges, bonding, veneers, crowns, and fillings are not affected by the whitening agents. Although the treatment will not damage existing dental work, it will not whiten it either. If work has been done on the visible teeth, a whitening treatment could make the teeth brighter than the dental materials, resulting in a two-toned smile. Patients could choose a different form of smile enhancement such as porcelain veneers, or opt to have their visible restorations replaced after the whitening treatment.

The benefits of a brighter smile

A bright smile radiates warmth, vitality, and youthfulness. When someone has a bright smile, they are perceived as someone who is healthy and takes care of themselves. Although a whiter smile has a great effect of the way others view someone, the most important benefit is the boost in confidence and self-esteem patients feel when they look in the mirror.

Call 415-881-4343 today to schedule an appointment with the dental team that gives Daly City dazzling smiles.

Real Patients Real Results

Before and After Photos

Veneers can be one of our most successful and long lasting restorations. They might break just like your natural tooth and we can repair this veneer with direct bonding.

Photo by Dr. Leo Arellano

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What our patients are saying...

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Even after moving to Oakland (and when I lived in Mountain View) I always return to SF to see Dr. Arellano. EVERYONE in the office is top notch!

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