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Next Gen Orthodontics: 3D printing to fabricate In-house custom appliances

In-house custom orthodontics is on the horizon.  With the advent of of accurate and inexpensive resin 3D printing it is now obvious to many that in-house clear aligners are the future of specialty orthodontic care.  As market penetration of intraoral scanner approaches 100% among orthodontic specialists the means to manifest these “models” physically cannot be far behind.  Over the next 5 years there will be an explosion of resin 3D printing in orthodontic office around the world.

Once an orthodontist has the ability to manufacture a same day or same appointment Essix type retainers using their 3D printers instead the alginate and stone technology from the last century; how far behind can be in-house clear aligner for the correction of minor problems such as food impaction spaces, minor rotations and orthodontic relapse?

3D printing to fabricate custom orthodontic brackets
An STL custom base with bracket attached. this custom base STL is 3D printed in medical grade stainless steel. The resulting bractet is shown in the next figure.
3D printing to fabricate custom orthodontic brackets
A lingual molar bracket laser welded to a custom base 3D printed in medical grade stainless steel

3D printing has the potential to revolutionize orthodontics.  Rather than working with third party entities to purchase stock fixed orthodontic appliance systems or in some cases using third party entities for the fabrication custom fixed appliance systems such as Invisalign or Incognito we will soon have the ability to fabricate these appliance systems in-house.  We believe that many cutting edge orthodontist will soon be printing in-house custom appliances for their patient using both resin and metal 3D printing technology.  At Riolo Orthodontic we have been employing these technologies to improve the care we offer our patients.  We are dedicated to providing the best possible orthodontic care aesthetically.  We believe that not only should your smile look great after treatment but it should also look great during treatment!

2015 Health Fair at the Medical Dental Building

Riolo Orthodontics is participating at the 2015 Medical Dental Building Health Fair. We have a table setup with information regarding esthetic orthodontic treatment options including Invisalign and Incognito braces behind the teeth. Cali and Stephanie have our TruDef intraoral scanner on display along with the Invisalign clincheck software.

Cali and Stephanie at the 2015 MDB Health Fair
Cali and Stephanie at the 2015 MDB Health Fair

We are offering fee initial orthodontic records including the digital intraoral scan and the Invisalign treatment setup. We are also including a second appointment at no charge to review your Invisalign setup with Dr Riolo; you will be able to see your treatment result before we even begin aligner therapy with Invisalign!

We are the largest provider of Incognito Invisable braces behind the teeth in the Pacific Northwest. Dr Riolo has been using Incognito lingual braces since 2006.  Dr Riolo wore these braces behind his teeth himself so he understands this the Incognito system from multiple prospectives.

Dr Riolo initially certified as an Incognito provider in 2006, Riolo orthodontics is now recognized as an “Center for Excellence” by 3M Unitek and Incognito Braces.  Today lingual braces (braces behind the teeth) are used on about a third of our patients.  

If you miss the Health Fair you can contact us at SeattleOrthodontist.com our Invisalign special offer is in effect until through the month of June.

We now accept bitcoin at Riolo Orthodontics, SeattleOrthodontist.com

 

As a courtesy to patients we offer a variety of payment options including:We accept Bitcoin for up to half of the treatment fee.

  • Check, cash, credit cards and bitcoin
  • No-interest financing with a low down payment and low monthly payments
  • Full-payment discount
  • Care Credit financing

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“Do It Yourself” orthodontics?

The public should be wary of two companies, SmileCareClub and CrystalBraces, that are now offering orthodontic aligners for adults and older teenagers.  Unlike products like “Invisalign” that use used under the supervision of a dental professional these aligners attempt to straighten their teeth at home with the assistance of a customer representative rather than a prescribing dental professional;  this company representative has never actually examined the “customer”.  There is great potential to do harm up to and including the loss of teeth by attempting orthodontic tooth movement without the supervision of a dental professional.

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