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

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

Richard D. Weigand, DDS

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Spokane, WA, dentist helps patients improve their smile with porcelain dental veneers

Many adult patients are less than thrilled with the appearance of their smile. They may have minor misalignment, discoloration, or even teeth that are damaged or broken. In some cases, patients don’t know where to start for cosmetic dental improvements. In others, they fear that the treatments, or combination of treatments, would be painful or expensive.

Dentist Helps Patients Improve Their Smile with Porcelain Dental Veneers in Spokane, WA Area

Dr. Richard Weigand has helped many patients in Spokane, WA, improve their smiles with a full suite of cosmetic dental services. He advises patients that porcelain veneers are often a fast and effective way to make their smile, and their confidence, sparkle again.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that can change the appearance of your smile. Veneers are made of very thin strips of porcelain, which are then permanently bonded to the front of the tooth. Veneers are often used to address or hide flaws and imperfections of your teeth such as misalignment, chips or breaks, staining, or misshaped teeth. Veneers can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in addition to other restorative or cosmetic treatments.

Will people notice that I have dental veneers?

Dental Porcelain Veneers  at Richard D Weigand DDS in Spokane, WA Area

Porcelain veneers reflect light and are custom shaded to match the remaining teeth. Further, before the veneer is placed, a small amount of the tooth’s enamel is removed which allows the veneer to fit properly. Therefore, veneers are very natural-looking for most patients.

How do I care for dental veneers?  

Porcelain veneers, though very thin, are strong and durable. With the right care, they can last for many years. However, there are things that patients with dental veneers will need to consider in order to keep their dental veneers in great shape.

  • Brush and floss: Just like natural teeth, dental veneers require daily brushing and flossing to remove food particles that could damage the teeth.
  • Protect your teeth: Veneers can be damaged if patients use their teeth to open packages or if they have a habit of biting or chewing on things like sourdough pretzels, ice, or pens. Patients should also avoid grinding or clenching their teeth. If you suspect that you grind your teeth subconsciously or while sleeping, talk to your dentist about using a mouth guard at night to keep your veneers from becoming worn or chipped.
  • Kick bad habits: While porcelain does not stain, patients should remember that teeth that have not had a veneer placed are still susceptible to discoloration. If you have veneers on some teeth, but not all you may notice a difference in color over time.
  • Get regular checkups: As a dental restoration, your veneers should be checked by a professional dentist regularly. This can be done at your twice-annual check up appointment. Your dentist will double check the veneer to ensure that the bonding is tight and that the veneers are not cracked or chipped. If a problem is found, it’s important to address it right away. Often with dental issues, the earlier they are treated, the faster, less costly, and less invasive the treatment will be. 

For more information about dental veneers or other cosmetic dental services, call the office of Dr. Weigand at (509) 485-8620 today.

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Dr. Richard Weigand

Richard D. Weigand, DDS

Dr. Richard Weigand is trusted and respected by the communities in Spokane, WA for his skill and expertise and his genuine concern for patients. He has won numerous accolades for his services.

He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and World Clinical Laser Institute and a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Spokane District Dental Society, and Washington State Dental Association. He is certified with the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, Pacific Aesthetic Continuum (Live), World Clinical Laser Institute, and the Spear Center in Scottsdale, AZ. He is also co-founder of the Spokane Practice Management Club.

Dr. Weigand shares his knowledge and experience through journal and magazine articles and media interviews. He has also contributed to many community projects.
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