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Riolo Orthodontics: expand our 3D printing capabilities

INNOVATION AND CUTTING EDGE OF DIGITAL DENTISTRY

Riolo Orthodontics has been using our FormLabs2 printer for a year and it has improve care and convenience for our patients.  3D printing enables us to provide same day retainers and incorporate provisional replacement teeth into your orthodontic appliance.  These advantages have resulted in a large increase in demand for these printing services. Our practice has grown to the point that we have decided to expand our printing capabilities and have acquired a new Juell 3D printer made by Park Dental

3D printing improves orthodontic care
3D printing allow same day retainer delivery and replacement of missing anterior teeth integrated into the patients orthodontic treatment

Our 3D printing technology has improved care for our patients by enabling us to provide retainers the same day as the braces removal and printing temporary replacement teeth used during treatment.

3D PRINTING IN A FLASH

  • JUELL 3D is one of the fastest 3D printers on the market today, Print orthodontic models for complete clear aligner treatment in under 30 minutes without compromising resolution or accuracy.
  • Builds at speeds as fast as 7 seconds per layer!
  • Unbelievable 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.
  • Print from an intra-oral or tabletop scanner using .stl, .obj, .3ds or .amf file.
  • Print jobs are scalable. Build a quadrant or 18 arches with supports! The layer build time remains the same.

How the Juell 3D printer works

First we take a scan with our intra-oral digital scanner. subsequently, the digital model of the teeth is edited, a base is added and holes are filled and the model is smoothed out. The digital model is then uploaded to the 3D printer. The Juell printer employs SLA (Stereolithography) printing technology which hardens photo sensitive resin layer by layer with a ultraviolet light.  Each small layer builds on the last.  This SLA technology is used in the production many orthodontic appliances including Invisalign.

The benefits of the Digital orthodontics and 3D printing for patients

Our TruDefinition intra-oral scanner is less invasive and more convenient than the traditional impressions.  The 3D scan and 3D printing is also more accurate than impressions so the retainer will fit your teeth perfectly.  Since the these digital models are printed in house we can turn these models around the same day!  We also can fabricate custom pontics (replacement teeth) in house and integrate these teeth into your custom orthodontic appliance system.

Retainers for a lifetime!

All of our models are stored digitally and we give our patients copies of their final printed models of their teeth.  In addition, as a direct result of our 3D printing capabilities Riolo Orthodontics now offers replacement retainers for a lifetime.

 

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.

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.