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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What is the purpose of porcelain veneers for San Francisco, CA area patients?

At Leo Arellano General and Cosmetic Dentistry, our team in San Francisco, CA offers a variety of restorative options for patients to consider for enhancing their smiles.

Dr. Leo Arellano of San Francisco, CA is a dedicated professional ready and willing to help patients enhance their smiles. The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to assist individuals in building the smile of their dreams, even when imperfections are present. One of the most common solutions for imperfections on the front teeth is porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are a popular and affordable way for patients to make changes to their smiles that build self-confidence.

What is a porcelain veneer?

A porcelain veneer is a restoration that is fabricated to cover the front of a natural tooth to change its appearance. They act as ceramic facings bonded onto the natural tooth. Many patients love the versatility of a porcelain veneer and all it can achieve.

What is the purpose of a porcelain veneer?

Dr. Leo Arellano describes veneers as facings meant to cover problem areas of the smile, particularly on the front teeth. These are the teeth that are most visible when patients smile, laugh, or speak with others. These teeth can become damaged or imperfect, causing patients to feel self-conscious about how they look. Porcelain veneers can be used in many ways.

  • To cover teeth that are chipped and broken
  • To cover two teeth next to each other which have a gap in-between
  • To cover a natural tooth that is permanently discolored
  • To bond over a crooked tooth to make it look straight
  • To cover a tooth with an unusual shape to blend into the smile

Veneers are incredibly versatile, and we encourage patients to ask about these restorations when they have one or more imperfections in the smile they want to address.

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Why porcelain veneers?

Dr. Leo Arellano of San Francisco, CA is a dedicated professional ready and willing to help patients enhance their smiles.

There are many reasons why patients in the San Francisco, California area often choose to move forward with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers have a natural appearance because they are custom-made for the patient. The veneer is made in the same shape, size, and color as the existing teeth so that they blend in with the smile when they are bonded in place. No one wants a restoration that looks like a dental repair, so we color match these types of restorations for an aesthetic appearance. Porcelain veneers are made of a durable material which reduces the risk of breakage. If a porcelain veneer breaks, it often protects the structure of the natural tooth underneath, eliminating the chance of the natural tooth becoming broken. However, we do offer patients ways to protect their veneers to increase their longevity. This may include the use of special mouth guards at night for patients who clench or grind their teeth due to bruxism. Restorations, just like natural teeth, are at risk of damage and breakage when patients chew or bite on extremely hard objects such as hard candies or ice cubes, so patients should be well aware of what they put in their mouths and how it can affect their dental restorations. Porcelain veneers are also a fast and affordable way for patients to make cosmetic changes to their smiles. We encourage patients to also consider alternative treatments that are available in our practice, including dental crowns and composite resin bonding. During the initial evaluation and consultation appointment, our team will educate patients on the different variety of treatments available for their specific needs and help them make a knowledgeable decision with regard to how to move forward with their cosmetic dentistry treatments. We can also work with patients to develop a treatment plan to enhance the entire smile with a smile makeover, combining several cosmetic treatments for optimal results.

Schedule a visit today!

At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, patients in the San Francisco, CA community and beyond can enjoy a wide range of aesthetic solutions for the smile, including the fabrication and placement of porcelain veneers. By calling our practice, patients can consult with our team to discuss the advantages of this and many other options for repair and enhancement. Call the office today for an appointment at 415-881-4343 and visit us at 3030 Geary Boulevard. We welcome new patients and families into our state-of-the-art dental facility for comprehensive dentistry.


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