Dear Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few 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 safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. 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 patients and staff 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.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • 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.
    • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and 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.
    • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • 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.

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 (509) 485-8620 or visit our website at www.drweigand.com

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,
Richard D. Weigand, DDS

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3 Reasons You Should Choose Invisalign

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Adults seeking options for correcting misalignment often voice reservations about traditional braces because of their obtrusive visible profile. You don’t need to rely on braces for every alignment change, though. Invisalign provides you with a low-profile option that can take care of mild to moderate alignment changes with a series of clear aligner trays worn throughout the day. Here are three reasons why you should consider this option if you have been talking to a dentist in Spokane, WA about correcting alignment problems.

  1. You Can Enjoy All Your Favorite Foods

The aligner trays used in this system can be removed at mealtimes, for public speaking engagements, and at other important times. They do need to be worn during sleep, though. As long as they are in place at least 22 hours a day, you’re getting all the benefits of the system. That means you can easily spare time for meals without worrying about your tray being in the way.

  1. Low Visual Profile, Even When Speaking

Traditional braces are known to be highly visible, and even with options like ceramic brackets, it’s not hard to see when someone is wearing them. If you’re concerned about first impressions or clarity when you’re speaking, the aligner trays are your option. No one will see them under normal circumstances, and they stay out of the way while you are talking.

  1. Efficient Alignment Changes

With the gentler, lower-profile approach offered through this system, you might expect the treatment would take longer than with traditional braces, but that’s just not so! Invisalign treatments work on about the same timeline as braces.

For more information about this option and your alignment needs, all you need to do is make an appointment. Dr. Weigand will be able to review your needs with you and make a plan for treatment that will get you the smile you’ve been looking for.

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