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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What Is Involved With Teeth Whitening?

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Ex plains What Is Involved With Teeth Whitening?

One of the fastest ways to improve your smile is by whitening your teeth. Many patients of Dr. Leo Arellano’s office in San Francisco enjoy teeth whitening. It is fast and effective, as well as extremely affordable. Teeth whitening is one of many cosmetic dentistry treatments that Dr. Arellano can complete for his patients, and one of the most popular.

The procedure depends on the whitening method that you select. Dr. Arellano’s San Francisco office offers a number of teeth whitening techniques. At your consultation appointment, he will talk with you about the options available and which one will work best to help you whiten your teeth effectively. He offers in-office bleaching, home whitening systems, and other whitening products that can be used in conjunction with professional bleaching procedures to prevent stains and discoloration on the teeth from reappearing. This will also lengthen the amount of time the bleaching lasts.

In-office teeth whitening involves a single visit to Dr. Arellano’s office where a bleaching gel is applied to your teeth and is left on the surface for up to an hour. Depending on the whitening system used, a special light may also be applied to activate the bleaching agent. The process is generally painless, safe, and very effective – perfect for your upcoming wedding or other special event.

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At-home teeth whitening uses a set of custom mouth trays that fit snugly to your teeth and are filled with a bleaching gel. These trays are worn for about an hour a day for several weeks in order to gradually whiten your teeth at home with similar results to teeth whitening done in-office.

Finally, for the ultimate in teeth whitening the combined use of in-office and at-home bleaching systems produces the whitest and longest lasting results.

Dr. Arellano also recommends continued whitening with other products such as over-the-counter toothpastes and whitening strips in order to keep your teeth white longer. These products, in conjunction with professional teeth whitening systems, will give you a brighter more radiant smile that you’ll be proud to show off!