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Greetings to all of our patients!  

I want to take this time to reach out to you all and reconnect so as to let you all know what we've been up to during the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic.  I want to state that our #1 priority is, and has always been the health & safety of our patients, and, of course, to provide to you the highest quality dental care we can!  

I am sure most of you have questions and concerns regarding the safety of dentistry during this time, so we'd like to share the measures and actions we are taking to ensure your safety here at our office.

First of all, the culture here will be a little bit different in the “post novel corona virus world”.  At least until researchers come up with therapies and /or a vaccine!  We will be implementing some new systems in our practice to mitigate the risk of disease transmission here.  

What to expect when you come to the office?  Prior to your appointment, when Diana calls you to confirm your appointment date and time, she will ask a few quick questions regarding your medical status, and any symptoms suggestive of an illness...We ask that if you are ill with a fever, coughing, etc. to please reschedule for when you are well.  

When you come to the office, we ask that you wait in your car in the parking lot.  Diana will be calling you at your appointment time to let you know that your dental operatory is ready for you.  Susie, Chelsea or I will meet you outside to take a quick, touch-less temperature scan of the forehead, and then escort you directly to your treatment room.  

We will be spacing out our patient appointments so that there is only one patient on the dentistry side with Susie and I, and only one patient in the hygiene side with Chelsea.  For the most part, no one is allowed to wait in the lobby until further notice...We will of course, accommodate people escorting children or elderly patients.

All surfaces will be disinfected with Hospital Grade Disinfectants (as we've always done in the past) between patients.  All door knobs, light switches, etc. will be disinfected every 30 minutes throughout the day!  This will mitigate the risk of any infectious disease transmission via surfaces.

Ever since the HIV epidemic in the 1980's, dentistry as an industry has employed “Universal Precautions” (masks, gloves, “single use” disposable equipment, etc.) to mitigate disease transmission.  

The most concerning of transmission routes for infection, including novel corona virus, is via “'aerosols”.  Dentists and hygienists  have used “High Volume Evacuation” (HVE) routinely for decades to capture aerosols generated by dental hand pieces (drill) and ultra-sonic scaling devices.  HVE reduces aerosols by 90% !  

We will continue to use HVE for all procedures that generate aerosols.  In addition to HVE, we've invested in Medical Grade H-13 HEPA aerosol scavengers in our operatories (basically a very powerful vacuum) with a snorkel hose that we can position adjacent to the treatment field to scavenge any aerosol the HVE misses.

We have also invested in nine medical grade H-13 HEPA air filtration units placed throughout the office which will completely clean/turn over the air every 10 minutes, or six times per hour.

Another investment made was having medical grade UVC (Ultra-Violet C) units installed in our Central  Air Conditioning/Heating units that kill Bacteria and Virus as the air passes through. 

Finally, we will fog the office with Hypochlorous Acid, a human safe, yet powerful disinfectant at the end of each day.

We want you all to know that we are taking all possible precautions and measures to ensure your safety, and the safety of our team here!

To further streamline your experience at the office, we will be scheduling return visits for you in the operatory, at the end of your appointment.  We will make available electronic payment options in order to minimize visiting the front desk.

Warm regards,

Dr. Paulerio and Team

Smile Makeover FAQs

If your smile is affected by multiple cosmetic issues, a smile makeover provides an excellent way to enhance its appearance. This personalized treatment is entirely customized to your aesthetic goals, personal preferences, and budget. Read through these smile makeover FAQs to learn more about your candidacy for treatment, the treatment process, and maintaining your results.

What is a smile makeover?

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A smile makeover combines at least two cosmetic procedures.

A smile makeover is a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Your dentist can combine any number of cosmetic procedures, including teeth whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers.

Am I a candidate for a smile makeover?

Due to the flexibility of a smile makeover, almost any patient is a candidate for treatment. However, if you have underlying oral health issues such as gum disease, you should seek restorative care before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. Your dentist can carefully examine your smile to determine whether you qualify.

Is there an age limit for these procedures?

For the most part, there is no age limit for cosmetic dental treatments. As long as you have good oral health and can safely undergo the included procedures, you should be able to receive a smile makeover.

Due to the flexibility of a smile makeover, almost any patient is a candidate for treatment.

Can teenagers have smile makeovers?

Yes, depending on the procedures they wish to include. For example, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends patients wait until age 14 or 15 to whiten their teeth. You can discuss the services you desire with your dentist who can then recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.

What will my treatment involve?

Your treatment plan will depend entirely on your goals for your smile. No two patients have the same cosmetic goals, which is why each makeover is unique.

Which procedures are most commonly included?

A wide range of cosmetic procedures are incorporated into smile makeover treatment plans, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, and gum contouring. Some patients also undergo orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® or traditional braces.

How many treatments can I incorporate into a smile makeover?

There is no limit to how many treatments you can include in your plan. You may find that two or three procedures is enough to meet your needs. However, your dentist can advise you how best to achieve your aesthetic goals. Keep in mind that sometimes, performing treatments in a particular order will produce the most beautiful results.

How long will my smile makeover take?

The duration of your treatment will depend on the number and type of procedures, as well as the extent of the changes you want to make. Some smile makeovers take as little as one office visit, while others may require several weeks of treatment. For patients who add orthodontic treatment to their smile makeover, the timeline will be longer.

Is there a way to preview my results?

Many dentists integrate advanced technologies into treatment. Virtual smile design software allows dentists to provide a preview of your expected results. Talk to your dentist about the tools that can be used during your smile makeover.

How much does a smile makeover cost?

Each smile makeover is unique in scope, meaning the cost of a smile makeover can vary significantly from patient to patient. The overall price of your makeover will depend on the number of procedures included as well as the types of treatments you choose. Other factors can affect your treatment costs, including your geographic location and your dentist’s experience.

Will my dental insurance cover a smile makeover?

In general, insurance does not pay for purely cosmetic work. However, if one or more of your procedures provides a health benefit, your insurance may cover part of your makeover plan.

Do smile makeovers hurt?

Most cosmetic dentistry treatments involve little to no discomfort. Some patients notice a feeling of mild pressure during the placement of porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Most patients find local anesthetic is sufficient to keep them comfortable during treatment. However, if you experience dental anxiety, you can discuss sedation options with your dentist.

How can I maintain my results?

The most effective way to maintain the results of your smile makeover is to exercise good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily and attending regular office visits can keep your teeth looking strong and vibrant for years to come. You can also minimize dental staining by avoiding dark-colored foods, such as wine, tea, and coffee. 

Point Loma Family Dentistry team

Point Loma Family Dentistry

Dr. Louis E. Paulerio is a top-rated dentist who is committed to providing the latest dental treatments in a caring, warm setting. He is a member of several prestigious dental organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Dental Implant Association

He also uses CEREC technology to create beautiful, long-lasting dental restorations in just one appointment. Ready to schedule a consultation at our Point Loma office? Request your appointment online or call us at (619) 223-3811.

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