Office Policies & Mission

  

Office Hours

We are open to serve you, answer questions or schedule an appointment during the following hours:

Fremont Office
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 2nd Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Foster City Office
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 3rd Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Our Mission

A Word from Dr. Shemirani

Most people are familiar with orthodontics as a specialty within dentistry that serves to enhance patients' dental and facial esthetics and consequently their self-image. To be able to make such a constructive change in people's lives is, in my opinion, the most rewarding and certainly one of the most enjoyable aspects of being an orthodontist.

Equally important, however, is the impact - positive or negative - that orthodontic therapy can have on

  • Masticatory (chewing) function
  • Health of the jaw joints
  • Health of the gums
  • Development of the teeth and the facial skeleton.

My goal in treating each patient is not only to improve his/her dental and facial esthetics, but also to promote the health of the gums and the jaw joints while obtaining long-term stability. At times, however, these goals are at cross-purposes and therefore, a single best treatment strategy may not exist for a specific problem.

Because of the enormous variation in dental and facial relationships and the large number of available treatment options, the treatment planning process in orthodontics is at times quite challenging. Oftentimes obtaining ideal results requires a combination of growth modification and tooth movement or a combination of jaw surgery and tooth movement. It is this challenge that makes the field of orthodontics so dynamic and enjoyable. By and large, what I enjoy the most about being an orthodontist is meeting new people and establishing long-term relationships with patients and parents.

Appointments

Our main goal is to create beautiful, healthy smiles. In order to accomplish this goal, Dr. Shemirani and his team need patient cooperation. We are committed to seeing each patient at his or her appointed time, in order to complete your treatment by the estimated completion date. To accomplish these objectives, it is crucial that you understand the manner in which we schedule appointments.

In our schedule, we have reserved after school/work times for shorter appointments such as simple appliance checks and regular monthly adjustments. In doing this we may accommodate more families during this precious time. Longer appointments and repair appointments will be scheduled during the hours of 8:00-11:00 AM. With your appointment frequency varying between 4-8 weeks, this arrangement usually results in patients having to visit our office only 2-3 times per year during school hours. If possible, we are happy to accommodate you in working around certain classes, lunch, sports, meetings, etc.

Emergencies

In case of emergency, please call first so that we may offer you a specific appointment time. If you drop by without an appointment, we may be out of the office, at lunch, or in a staff meeting and unable to handle your problem. An emergency consists of anything poking, scratching, or cutting your cheeks or gums that you cannot take care of with wax. If you show up to your appointment with loose brackets, or broken appliances, we may not be able to accommodate you and you will be asked to reschedule during a morning repair time. In order to avoid additional trips to our office, please contact us if you have a broken or loose bracket/appliance.

This schedule has been created in an effort to be fair to everyone and maintain consistency in our scheduling. We appreciate your help in working with our scheduling coordinators.