About Dr Riolo


The Riolo Family, Chris, Burcu, Mina and Banu
The Riolo Family, Chris, Burcu, Mina and Banu

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 (current board member)
  • Washington State Society of Orthodontists (current board member)

Dr. Riolo has been married to his wife, Burcu for 16 years. They have two girls Banu and Mina ages 11 and 12 respectively.  Dr Riolo has been a pilot since high school and in his spare time enjoys flying, sailing and skiing.

Dr Riolo Lectures nationally on topics related to aesthetic and interdisciplinary orthodontic treatment, custom orthodontic appliances, digital orthodontics and 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.

Jan. 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)

May 2018 – Washington DC.  American Association of Orthodontists 2018 Annual Meeting

August 23, 2018 – University of Washington, Mini-Residency. Lingual Orthodontic Concepts

August 25, 2018 – Turpin Symposium on Evidence Based Orthodontics, University of Washington, School of dentistry. 3D Printing and Lingual orthodontics

August 30, 2018 – Incognito Lingual Study Club, Sponsored by 3M Unitek.  Topic: 3D printing in the management of impacted teeth

Upcoming Lectures:

Jan 31- Feb 3rd, 2019 – Seattle, WA. Northwest Angle Society annual meeting. Topic: Digital Orthodontics: adding value to the care we offer our patients

March 1-3, 2019 – Ann Arbor, MI. Moyers Symposium. Topic: Digital technology in orthodontics: A custom appliance revolution on the horizon

May 3-7th, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA.  American Association of Orthodontists 2019 Annual Meeting.  Topic: TBA

Sept 2019 – Boston, Mass. Northeastern  Society of Orthodontists NESO, 2019 Annual Meeting. Topic: TBA

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