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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Smiles in Spokane, WA are transformed with dental veneers

The next time you are at a Riverfront Park event or walking down any busy street in ​Spokane, WA, notice the smiles of the people around you. Many are attractive. Some, however, really stand out with striking brilliance, symmetry, and balance. In many cases, the secret to these show-stopping smiles is ​dental veneers from Dr. Richard Weigand.

Premier cosmetic enhancement on the South Hill

A dental veneer is a thin porcelain restoration, meticulously designed to seat over the front of a tooth. The veneer is fabricated by a ceramist in a professional dental laboratory. Usually, upper front teeth (four, six, or eight) that show when you smile are veneered. However, teeth in the lower arch can also be treated, as well as a single tooth.

Veneers are cemented in place for ​long-term enhancement​, correcting the appearance of conditions such as:

  • Chips, fractures, or natural imperfections in the enamel
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Teeth that look too short, too long, or have an unusual shape
  • In some cases, teeth that are worn down (although Dr. Weigand may recommend a nightguard to protect veneers from further bruxing damage)
  • Stubborn discoloration that resists bleaching
  • Minor misalignment that does not warrant Invisalign orthodontics

Dental veneers: Two stage treatment in Spokane, WA

The porcelain used for Dr. Weigand’s veneers is translucent and lustrous, for a natural appearance. It can be shaded to match your dentition or colored to brighten your smile significantly. With good oral hygiene and a few common-sense lifestyle adjustments, veneers can last many years.

Perhaps the most popular aspect of dental veneers is that you achieve these benefits usually with just two dental appointments.

The first visit is preparation and design. Very small enamel adjustments are made to allow veneers to fit snugly at the gumline. The doctor takes impressions and determines how each veneer should be shaped to address your concerns and ​bring the smile into beautiful focus​. This information goes to the lab where veneers are made. Teeth can be protected with temporary composite veneers while the new veneers are custom fabricated.

You return to Richard D Weigand DDS in about two weeks. Temporaries are painlessly removed, and your new veneers are adhered using a chemical bonding process.

Can ​dental veneers bring your smile to the next level? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Weigand to find out. His number in ​Spokane, WA is (509) 485-8620

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