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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How Long Does it Take for Teeth to Become Their Whitest?

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Explains How Long Does it Take for Teeth to Become Their Whitest?

Whitening your teeth has become a common and popular cosmetic procedure for individuals dealing with permanently stained and discolored teeth that may be making them feel very self-conscious about their smile.  What’s great is that there are numerous options available to help you get a whiter, brighter smile.  Whether you’re considering an at-home bleaching treatment or a special in-office dentist visit to brighten your smile, you will see positive results quickly and easily.

But exactly how long does it take for teeth to become their whitest?  This varies, depending on a number of factors.  First, the type of stain and current shade of your teeth will be taken into consideration, as well as how many shades whiter you want to go.  If your teeth are permanently and deeply discolored, you can expect results to be less dramatic and take longer to see your whitest smile. If you have minor discoloration, results can be seen quickly and easily with even a simple home-whitening product.

When you schedule an in-office bleaching treatment, you can expect the fastest results.  In-office teeth whitening requires about an hour where bleach is applied a few times.  The use of a special light can also help your teeth be whitened considerably in one sitting at the dentist’s office.

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On the other side, home-bleaching and whitening kits can take days or weeks to see significant whitening in comparison, so they will require more time to see your teeth at their whitest.  One of the benefits of in-home treatments is that you can whiten your teeth in the privacy of your own home without taking an afternoon to stay in the dentist’s chair for an appointment.

Depending on the results you’re looking for and the current condition of your teeth, one teeth whitening method may be more beneficial over the other, so it is essential that you contact Dr. Arellano.  With Dr. Arellano, you can schedule a complimentary consultation appointment to find out if in-home or in-office teeth whitening would work best for you!

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Before and After Photos

A removable partial denture and failing remaining lower teeth replaced with a dental implant supported hybrid denture that is firmly retained by screws.

Photo by Dr. Leo Arellano

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What our patients are saying...

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Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since 1989 and I believe he is the best of the best! I have experienced many uncomfortable dental procedures in the past, many due to painful injections. Dr. Arellano has excellent technique in anesthetizing that results in painless injections. He truly cares about his patients and his work. His staff, especially Mei, is extraordinary and will go above and beyond to work in appointments, assist in resolving payment/insurance issues, referrals, etc. Dr. Arellano and his team have always provided excellent care and service over the years. I highly recommend him for your dental care.

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