dr christopher riolo

3D Printer

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The office now has a new Form Labs 3D printer

We use the 3D printer to print models of your teeth and create retainers, aligners and many other orthodontic appliances. Combined with the 3D digital scanner it can create models of your teeth that are much more accurate. Furthermore this method will create a more accurate retainer compared to the traditional method of taking a mold of your mouth. After you get your retainer you can keep the 3D printed version of your teeth. This model can be brought in to make a new retainer if you lose your retainer or your dog happens to chew it. We also keep a digital copy of your teeth that can be reprinted if you happen to lose both your retainer and 3D printed model.

How the 3D printer works

First we take a scan with our intra-oral digital scanner. Next the file is edited to have a base added and so that it is smoothed out. After the file has been edited it is uploaded to the 3D printer. Our Printer employs SLA (Stereolithography) printing technology which hardens resin with a ultraviolet laser in very small layers building upon each other. After the print the build supports of the model are removed. The model is then soaked in a bath of isopropanol for two sessions of ten minuets. After that you are left with an orthodontic model. This SLA technology is used in the production many orthodontic appliances including Invisalign.

The benefits of the 3D printer for patients

The intra-oral scanner is less invasive than the traditional impressions. Since the these digital models are printed in house we can turn these models around the same day!  We now have the ability to produce retainers the same day as the braces are removed.  This means there is no chance the teeth will move before you get your retainers. The 3D scan and 3D printing is also more accurate than impressions so the retainer will fit your teeth perfectly.

We are continuously working to improve the quality and convenience at Riolo Orthodontics.  You can contact us at SeattleOrthodontist.com to make an appointment or just ask us a question.

3D Printer

American Association of Orthodontists

Riolo Orthodontics spent much of the last week in San Francisco at the 2015 annual session of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).   There were also meetings held before the start of the AAO such as the American Lingual Orthodontist Association (ALOA) and the Society of orthodontic Educators (SOE) both of which were attended by Drs. Riolo and Bayirli. Dr Riolo also participated in the annual session lecturing on braces behind the teeth “Lingual Orthodontics: An Essential Tool for the Orthodontic Specialist”.  Dr Riolo’s lecture discussed; why lingual orthodontics is an essential tool for the orthodontic specialist as well as why lingual orthodontics is hard.  He also showed examples from our practice in Seattle illustrating the points make in his lecture.

Dr. Bayirli moderated a lecture room on Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:30 themed “Ideas from around the World” many of these lectures dealt with issues associated with accelerated orthodontics.  The office participated in continuing education as a group and learned about emerging technology’s such a medical 3D printing which will allow us to increase precision when fabricating orthodontic appliances using our intra-oral scanner.  Orthodontic technology is rapidly changing and we pride ourselves on bring the latest advances to our patient in Seattle.  Through our efforts at the University of Washington and participation in both national and international meetings we work to use evidence based treatment to achieve the best possible treatment outcome for our patients.  We employ the latest digital technology to produce custom orthodontic treatment solutions for our patient such as Incognito custom braces behind the teeth, the SureSmile system when using braces on the front of the teeth and the Invisalign system when moving teeth with removable clear aligners.

We are looking forward to the next annual meeting in Orlando Fl. in May of 2016.

We are heading to San Francisco for the 2015 annual AAO meeting

115th annual session of the AAO
115th annual session of the AAO

The American Association of orthodontists are holding their annual meeting in San Francisco May 15th through the 19th and our office will be there.  We will be attending lectures and working to stay on the cutting edge of orthodontic technology as well as having a little fun!  We will also be attending the ALOA, American Lingual Orthodontic Read more on We are heading to San Francisco for the 2015 annual AAO meeting…

Riolo Orthodontics offers the Harmony lingual bracket

The HARMONY lingual bracket system has arrived in North America.  The Harmony bracket is a digitally customized self ligating lingual bracket system. Harmony has developed CAD/CAM technology and and robotically-formed arch wires.  The harmony system is a self ligating version of the 3M Unitek’s Incognito bracket system by that has been available in the United States for over 8 years. Read more on Riolo Orthodontics offers the Harmony lingual bracket…