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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How can I preview what my new veneers will look like?

How can I preview what my new veneers will look like?

Getting new veneers to enhance your smile is like buying new shoes, you want to try them on first and see how they look. With today’s ever growing technology in dentistry, there are several ways to do this. First is cosmetic dental imaging.

With computers and specialized software programs, dentists can virtually create the size and shape of your teeth, adjust colors and brightness and also straighten and close the spaces that are between your teeth all on the computer screen. The possibilities are endless.

Using this method has its downsides as well. Although it is a great way to see the various options and what the results might look like, the final outcome may not be compatible with your bite and the gums and bones that support your teeth. You see, with computers you can make the teeth look any way you want, but the ability to actually achieve that result and how they actually function could be a whole different story.

Another method involves the dentist placing bonding composite directly onto your tooth. The dentist shapes a moldable composite directly on the tooth so that you can get an idea of how the final veneer will look, feel, and function. When done this way, the material is easily removed and there is no damage done to the tooth. This method is perfect to preview simple cases, but when it comes to the more complex cases it is best to go with the cosmetic dental imaging or the traditional method that uses models of your teeth.

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This traditional method has been around for a long time. Molds are taken so that models of your teeth can be made. The models are then reshaped or built up with wax for you to see what the outcome will look like. What’s new and unique is that this new smile design can then be transferred onto your teeth for visualization.

In summary, all three methods give you a visual sense of what a great looking smile could look like. The last two methods also allow you to preview and sense how these new veneers might feel like in your own mouth. But, just like shoes, you won’t truly know how they will feel and function on a day-to-day basis. Only by consulting with your dentist, and through his knowledge and expertise, can he help guide you so that the final design not only looks great but also functions well too.

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