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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How Does Invisalign Work Compared to Traditional Braces?

Through orthodontic dentistry, you can correct crooked teeth to perfect your smile. At the office of Richard D. Weigand, DDSin Spokane, Washington, a beautiful smile is well within your reach. Invisalign and traditional braces are two common dental procedures used to straighten crooked teeth. After examining your teeth, gums, and jaw, we can recommend the best treatment for you. How does Invisalign work to give you the smile of your dreams?

How Does Invisalign Work Compared to Traditional Braces, Spokane, WA

Here’s how Invisalign compares to traditional braces when it comes to:

  • Effectiveness
  • Appearance
  • Comfort and Convenience
  • Cost


Both Invisalign and metal braces are effective in straightening teeth. There are, however, distinct differences between the two. Braces are made of metal and are permanently attached to your teeth for the entire straightening process. They work on all kinds of misalignment issues, including rotated and overlapping teeth.

In contrast, Invisalign aligners are made of a clear, plastic material. They can be removed for drinking, eating, and brushing your teeth. Once you’re done, they go back into your mouth to continue the procedure. Delays in replacing the aligners due to forgetfulness or negligence will delay your treatment.


If you’re concerned about your appearance during treatment, Invisalign is the clear choice as the aligners are much less noticeable than having metal braces on your teeth. Invisalign trays blend in with your teeth to straighten them discreetly.

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Comfort and Convenience

Invisalign aligners are more comfortable to wear as there are no sharp metal edges cutting into your lip, gums, or tongue during the straightening process. Invisalign puts less pressure on your teeth, reducing any discomfort you may feel as your teeth are shifting. Many people consider Invisalign more convenient as well, due to allowing removal for eating and teeth cleaning.

Invisalign Treatment in Spokane, Washington

Invisalign may be more costly than traditional metal braces, but the beautiful, long-lasting results make Invisalign a worthy investment. Working with an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Richard Weigand ensures you get optimal results from your Invisalign treatment. To learn more about Invisalign, contact Dr. Richard Weigand in Spokane, Washington, to schedule a consultation call (509) 485-8620

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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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