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2018 AAO American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) meeting

The 2018 AAO, American Association of Orthodontists held their 2018 annual meeting in Washington DC.

The 2018 AAO, American Association of Orthodontists held their 2018 annual meeting in Washington DC. May 4th through May 8th.   Chris Riolo and Cali Kaltschmidt from Riolo Orthodontics presented 6 hours of workshops and lectures to both doctors and staff from around the world.  Our Events started on Friday May 4th with 3D Printing workshops at 1:00 and 3:00. The workshops presented by both Cali Kaltschmidt and Dr Riolo were titled “From the Scanner to your Hand”  and consisted of a short presentation on 3D printing technology including SLS and DLP printing.  The lecture was followed by a hands on STL editing session lead the Cali using Meshmixer.  Breakout groups followed, participants were assigned to 1 of 3 printing groups to print their edited dental arches.  All of the participants enjoyed one on one time with Dr. Riolo Cali and the printer techs while the dental arches printed.

 

Moonray, Juell and Formlabs2 printers were available at the 2018 AAO workshops for the participants; each of the participants spend time with the printing software required to format dental arches on each of these printers.

Riolo Orthodontics uses the JUELL 3D-2 is one of the fastest 3D printers available for orthodontic practices today.

The JUELL 3D-2 is one of the fastest 3D printers available for orthodontic practices today. The Juell printer is capable of printing orthodontic models for complete clear aligner treatment in under 30 minutes without compromising resolution or accuracy. The Juell printer builds at speeds as fast as 36mm per hour with accuracy achieved by using enhanced UV/DLP/LED  technology and JUELL 3D Flash OC software to project an HD image with 1920 x 1080p resolution.  With the Juell printer we can print from an intra-oral or tabletop scanner using .stl, .obj, .3ds or .amf file formats.

 

The Moonray DLP 3D printer from Sprintray

 

 

 

The Formlabs2 3D printer employs SLA printing technology and is one of the 3D printers used at Riolo Orthodontics

 

 

Cali Kaltschmidt presenting her lecture on 3D printing technology and applications related to orthodontic practice.

Cali and Doctor Riolo also presented a 2 hour staff lecture on 3D printing at the 2018 AAO meeting in Washington DC.  This lecture covered topics ranging from 3D printing technology to editing raw STL files and digital workflow associated with “In-House” clear aligners.  Cali also presented 3D printing applications associated with provisional tooth replacement.  On Sunday, Dr Riolo Presented his lingual orthodontic lecture for the doctors scientific program.  Dr. Riolo covered material related to custom orthodontic appliance and the impact these appliance can have to improve patient care.  Almost half of our patients at Riolo Orthodontic are treated using some sort of lingual appliance.  At Riolo orthodontics we use Incognito, Harmony and SureSmile systems to treat our adult patients so that no one knows they are even wearing braces!

Dr Chris Riolo presenting at the 2018 AAO meeting in Washington DC.. Dr Riolo presented on Lingual technique and the use of custom orthodontic appliances to improve patient care.

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…