Technology

Riolo Orthodontics employs cutting-edge orthodontic technologies such as 3D printing, CBCT imaging and digital modeling is long-standing.

Dr Riolo has been involved in research for many years and his current interests involve custom orthodontic appliances and their use in maximizing the quality treatment outcomes while reducing treatment time. We also have a special emphasis in aesthetic orthodontic solutions for our patients. We have invested significantly in recent advancements and equipment, such as 3D printing, software for the fabrication of custom orthodontic appliances, intraoral scanning to take the place of traditional dental impressions and ultra-low dose CBCT focused field 3D imaging as well as the computer hardware and software to use these technologies to improve care for our patients.

3D printing technology

We employ two different photo sensitive resin 3D printers, a FormLabs SLA printer and a Juell DLP printer.  We also use the Concept Printer from GE for our 3D metal printing.  We are one of the leaders in North America in 3D printing custom orthodontic appliances.  we use this technology to produce custom lingual braces that are highly individualized for the each patient.

Intraoral scanning technology

The 3M™ True Definition Scanner allows you to move into digital orthodontics with ease. Accurate and precise; the 3M True Definition Scanner supprts open STL files, so we can work with our orthodontic lab, design and mill chairside, or share files with other health car providers and order custom appliances such as Incognito braces behind the teeth.

Because your digital impressions are generated by 3M’s 3D-in-motion video technology, they’ll feature extraordinary detail with industry leading accuracy — providing more control and consistency than traditional processes. In 2013 Riolo Orthodontics received the first True Definition intraoral scanner on the west coast. This revolutionary hardware can be seen in the figure below. We currently own two of these incredibly accurate scanners. The Tru Def scanner enables us to “scan” our patient rather than take traditional intraoral impressions using impression material and trays. These scans are used to obtain digital models in order to create custom braces behind the teeth “Incognito braces”; truly invisible orthodontic treatment!

We also use the digital models scanned in our office to record a patients’ bite before treatment. The models that are created before treatment can then be compared to the digital model made after the teeth are straight. These models are also used to fabricate appliances such as retainers. These orthodontic appliances can also be ordered and fabricated using the 3-D model data both in house using our 3D printers and from third-party laboratories.

Riolo Othodontics has the ability to produce more accurate digital models without messy PVS impressions using intraoral scanning. These digital impressions serve as an initial record of the patients malocclusion, can be used to produce diagnostic digital setups as well as order orthodontic appliances including custom Incognito braces behind the teeth and Invisalign.

More accurate—and more consistently accurate—than leading systems on the market, the powerful 3D-in-motion video technology delivers full arch scanning in phenomenal detail. We can display digital impressions immediately for analysis and treatment planning, with secure cloud-based storage of unlimited patient scans and access to open STL (three-dimensional) files that can be readily imported into a variety of digital workflows for increased office productivity and efficiency. These efficiencies translate to time savings and improved treatment outcomes for our patients!

Digital Radiographs

3D focused field imaging has become an integral part of orthodontics. Custom brackets like the Incognito bracket system may soon be constructed from 3D imaging data like the data produced from the Kodak 9000c 3D.

This apparatus is used to deliver an unprecedented level of detail, providing anatomically correct images with 1:1 measurement that allow us to confidently manage our patients orthodontic treatment. With this 3D system’s focused field of view, you not only receive all the angles and slices you need,  the highest resolution images you can imagine using the lowest possible x-ray exposure is achieved.

The KODAK 9000 3D System’s focused field of view limits radiation to a specific region of interest, so our patients are exposed to the lowest possible radiation dose— in many cases less exposure than a standard panoramic view. Our KODAK 9000 3D has Cephalometric imaging abilities including revolutionary one-shot technology, cephalometric image acquisition takes less than a second—thereby reducing exposure time and the risk of retakes due to patient movement.

With the KODAK 9000C 3D System, we can perform a wider range of diagnoses and treatments right in our office, rather than referring patients to imaging centers. Reduce multiple visits, prevent rescheduling issues, and enhance patient care with three versatile imaging abilities right at your fingertips: panoramic, cephalometric, and focused field 3D imaging.

ORTHO II – Database Management Software

Edge from Ortho2 is more than comprehensive practice management. With imaging, communication capabilities and a collection of time-saving tools.  This software helps us to schedule your appointments, track you treatment and progress, and assists us to make your appointments more timely and productive.

With Ortho2’s Edge cloud technology Dr. Riolo can access your patient record 24/7 is never out of touch of the office or his patients. We can store exact images of patient statements, insurance forms, letters, or literally anything we wish to scan or capture by printing. This information is easily accessible should our patients request an X-ray or a current statement be sent to them electronically, or to their general dentist.

Precision Bracket Placement

Custom Precision Braces are preferred by Dr. Riolo to treat his patients, we employ a custom setup of the orthodontic brackets which result in increased precision in bracket placement. Traditional bracket placement involves the orthodontist hand placing each bracket directly in the mouth. Accurate direct bracket placement is very difficult if not impossible for even the most experienced orthodontist. Precision bracket placement has been an exciting advancement in orthodontics. It has great benefit to the patient as it improves patient comfort, reduces the amount of time in the dental chair, improves the accuracy of bracket placement, and reduces treatment time.

To ensure accurate bracket placement and reduce treatment time, our office offers the precision bracket placement technique. Rather than being placed directly in the mouth, our brackets are mounted in the precise location, on a patient’s 3D printed models to ensure accuracy. A special tray is fabricated to transfer the brackets to the patient’s teeth in their precise location. The brackets are then indirectly bonded on to the patients’ teeth. This process ensures accurate bracket placement. Precision bracket placement ensures improved patient comfort, reduced time in the dental chair, improved accuracy of bracket placement, and reduced treatment time.