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 Are Veneers?

Veneers are a way of cosmetically enhancing or repairing teeth. They are usually made in a dental laboratory with porcelain but can also be made with plastic composite material. There are usually two appointments to first prepare the teeth before taking impressions, and then a second appointment to fit and securely bond the veneers into place. 

What Is the Difference Between Veneers and Crowns?

Veneers are typically very thin and cover only the parts of the teeth that can be seen. Because they are very thin, very little tooth structure is ground away. They are not meant to withstand strong chewing or biting forces. Crowns made with porcelain are thicker for strength, but more tooth structure must be ground away to accommodate their additional thickness. A full crown also completely covers a tooth. 

What Are “Prepless” Veneers?

Although almost any type of porcelain or plastic composite veneer can be used, this type of veneer was made popular with Lumineer’s porcelain veneer advertising. Sometimes there are situations where the angle of the tooth requires almost no preparation or no preparation at all for a veneer. At other times, patients elect not to have any tooth structure ground away even though it may be indicated. The obvious advantage is that little to none of your natural tooth is ground away. But the big disadvantage if not indicated is that your teeth can look a lot thicker than normal, and that additional thickness might trap food next to the gum line. Consulting with your dentist can determine if this type of veneer is appropriate for you. 

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers are one of dentistry’s most successful restorations if the physical stresses on them are well controlled. But just like the enamel on your own teeth, porcelain can chip or break. Having a nightguard made to protect them from the stress of clenching or grinding your teeth at night is the best way to protect them. 

Porcelain Veneers let you smile with confidence

Veneers - veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on front of the tooth to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are as thin as contact lenses and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.