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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For a Smile You Will Love, Choose Invisalign®

People who have crooked teeth understand the struggle well – you do not really want to smile in front of anyone because you are worried about how your teeth look. The good news is that your dentist in Spokane, WA, has options to help you get the smile you love, and it does not have to involve brackets or wires. Invisalign® is a great option that is often effective for the right candidates.

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Reasons To Choose Invisalign®

  • Hardly noticeable. The aligners throughout treatment are clear. While they are not completely invisible, they are still less noticeable than most braces.
  • Easy to use. All you have to do is pop the aligner in and leave it there unless you are eating or cleaning your teeth. There are no adjustments to be made by your dentist. When you are ready to move your teeth further, you use the next aligner in the treatment series.
  • Easy to clean your teeth. You can brush your teeth like normal during treatment. Just remove the aligner, clean your teeth, rinse the aligner, and put it back in.
  • Eat your favorite foods. There are no restrictions on what you can eat with Invisalign® like there is with traditional braces.
  • Shorter treatment. Most people who use Invisalign® finish their treatment in 12 to 18 months. Treatment length depends on your needs.

Good Candidates for Treatment

In order to be a good candidate for Invisalign®, you need to be willing to wear your aligner for at least 22 hours every day throughout treatment. This will help ensure success in straightening your teeth. You also have to keep your teeth clean and clean the aligners regularly to prevent tooth decay. Not everyone is a good candidate for aligner treatment, so you should consult with Dr. Richard D. Weigand first.

Arrange a Consultation Today

The smile you love may only be treatments away. To learn more about Invisalign® and our other options for straightening teeth, contact our office 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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