Dr. Christopher Riolo obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
He completed his orthodontic training and received his Speciality Certificate in Orthodontics and Masters of Science degree at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dr. Riolo also has a PhD in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr Riolo currently teaches in the orthodontic department at the University of Washington as an affiliate associate professor. His research interests include; early/interceptive treatment of children, custom orthodontic appliance systems and lingual braces (braces behind the teeth).
Dr Riolo believes that the knowledge necessary to create beautiful smiles is gained through a combination of education, practical experience, and dedication to lifelong learning. Dr Riolo is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. This signifies a unique achievement, a step beyond the three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics. Nationally, only one-third of the orthodontists in the United States are certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Riolo’s status as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics demonstrates his passion and commitment to excellence. Dr Riolo participates in organized dentistry as a board member of the Washington State Society of Orthodontists (WSSO) and is also a member of the following organizations:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Board of Orthodontics
- The College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
- American Lingual Orthodontics Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Washington State Society of Orthodontists
Dr. Riolo has been married to his wife, Burcu for 11 years. They have two girls Banu and Mina ages 10 and 12 respectively. Dr Riolo has been a pilot since high school and in his spare time enjoys flying, sailing and skiing.
Dr. Riolo’s wife Burcu Bayirli is also an orthodontist; Dr. Bayirli graduated from the University of Michigan’s graduate orthodontic program. She then obtained a PhD in Public Health from the University of Michigan and has spent the last 10 years as a full time academic, teaching orthodontics and involved in research. While at the University of Detroit Mercy, Dr Bayirli maintained a faculty orthodontic practice; Dr Bayirli is currently a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry in the Department of Orthodontics where she teaches full time. Dr. Bayirli is also in charge of the orthodontic clinic segment for the pediatric dental residents at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry in Magnuson Park and director of undergraduate orthodontic dental education at the University of Washington’s Orthodontic Department.
Dr Riolo Lectures nationally on topics related to aesthetic orthodontic treatment such as lingual orthodontics. Recent and upcoming lecture include:
Selected Recent Lectures:
2014 University of Washington, Mini-Residency, Introduction to Lingual Orthodontics
2014 Circle of Excellence, annual study club, Chicago, IL. Lingual Case presentations with clinical pearl
2015 Annual Incognito Users Meeting, Presentation of Lingual Cases
2015 American Association of Orthodontists 2015 annual meeting, San Francisco, CA. Lingual Orthodontics: An Essential Tool for the Orthodontic Specialist.
2015 University of Washington, Mini-Residency, Introduction to Lingual Orthodontics
2015 Circle of Excellence Study Club, Orlando FL. Canine uncovering – case presentations
2016 American Association of Orthodontists 2016 annual meeting. Orlando FL. Lingual Orthodontics: Challenges and Opportunities
2016 University of Washington, Alumni Alaska Cruise, Lingual Orthodontics
2016 University of Washington, Mini-Residency. Lingual Orthodontics
2017 American Association of Orthodontists 2016 annual meeting. San Diego, CA. Using lingual orthodontic appliances to provide aesthetic treatment of impacted and missing anterior teeth.
2017 3M Users meeting, Santa Monica, CA. Single day course: Lingual Orthodontics/Digital Orthodontics
2017 University of Washington, Mini-Residency. Two lectures: 1)Digital Orthodontics and 3D Printing. 2) Lingual Orthodontics
2017 3M Incognito Study Club 2 webinars: 3D printing applications for the provisional replacement of anterior teeth using custom lingual appliances.
2018 University of Washington, Ortho 582, Introduction to Adult Interdisciplinary Orthodontics
Feb 16th, 2018 – Miami FL. ELOS (Lingual study Club), Lecture on lingual orthodontics
Feb 26th, 2018 – University of Washington, DentPC 573, Surgical Orthodontics
March 5th, 2018 – University of Washington, DentPC 573, Clear Aligner therapy (Invisalign)
April 2018 – Seattle Interdisciplinary Study Club, Title: Elements of Interdisciplinary Orthodontics
May 2018 – Washington DC. American Association of Orthodontists 2018 Annual Meeting
- 1 hour doctor lecture (Lingual Orthodontics)
- 2 hour staff lecture (3D Printing)
- 3 hours of Hands on Workshop (3D Printing)
August 2018 – Turpin Symposium on Evidence Based Orthodontics, University of Washington, School of dentistry. 3D Printing and Lingual orthodontics
August 2018 – University of Washington, Mini-Residency. Lingual Orthodontic Concepts
Sept 2018 – Incognito Lingual Study Club, Sponsored by 3M Unitek. Topic TBA
May 2019 – Los Angeles, CA. American Association of Orthodontists 2019 Annual Meeting. Lingual Orthodontic topic TBA