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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San Francisco, CA area dentist explains the benefits of Invisalign braces

Dr. Leo Arellano is proud to offer an alternative known as Invisalign. San Francisco, CA area dentist explains the benefits of Invisalign!

Realigning the smile often brings to mind unsightly traditional braces. However, with continued advances in orthodontia, Dr. Leo Arellano is proud to offer an alternative known as Invisalign. San Francisco, CA area dentist explains the benefits of Invisalign!

What is Invisalign?

First, patients need to understand what Invisalign is and how it works. Invisalign is a type of aligner therapy that uses clear, medical-grade plastic aligner trays that patients wear to gradually reposition their teeth. Dr. Leo Arellano helps patients in creating a beautiful smile by starting with impressions of the natural teeth in their current positions. This is sent off to the Invisalign laboratory where a series of trays are made, representing each step in the movement of the teeth. Patients return to the office when the trays arrive and are educated on how to use them and take care of them. The idea behind Invisalign is that patients wear the first tray in the series for two weeks, then switch off to the next one for another two. The patients journey through their tray series and will obtain their beautiful smile by the end of the treatment with the very last tray. Patient compliance is key to ensure proper results are achieved as expected. Patients are to wear their trays day and night at least 22 hours, only removing the trays to clean their teeth or eat. The results are stunning and are often achieved in approximately one year or less, depending on the severity of the condition being treated.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

Most patients with mild to moderate misalignment of the teeth are proper candidates for Invisalign orthodontics. However, those with more severe issues such as overcrowding which may require special attention will still be referred to a trusted, knowledgeable orthodontist in the San Francisco, CA area who can care for the patient as well. To determine one’s candidacy, it is best that patients book a consultation appointment with Dr. Leo Arellano to learn more about the process and decide if the procedure is right for them. Some patient may still opt for traditional braces depending on their specific and unique dental needs.

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What are the benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces?

Invisalign is:

  • Affordable
  • Effective
  • Fast
  • Discreet
  • Easy to use
  • Simple to care for
  • Healthier smile

What happens if I fail to wear my aligner trays?

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Invisalign depends greatly on patient compliance, as the trays are removable—unlike brackets and wires which are put in place by an orthodontic staff. When patients do not wear their trays as required, they may experience delays in treatment and additional costs to create new trays if needed.

Choose the clear choice: choose Invisalign!

If you are ready to enhance your smile with orthodontic treatment but want to avoid metal brackets and wires, we welcome you to the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano to learn about the benefits of Invisalign orthodontics. Invisalign is available for new and existing patients in the area of San Francisco, CA when they call the office at 415-881-4343. Our practice is conveniently located at 3030 Geary Boulevard and provides this and many other aesthetic services for patients to consider.

 

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Severe gum recession exposing sensitive, decay-prone root treated with a gum graft.

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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