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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

Some Questions and Answers Regarding Incognito Braces

Incognito Braces
Incognito Braces

Q: Would that treatment plan be as effective using braces behind the teeth as conventional braces?

A: Custom made brackets are more efficient than standard stock brackets that are mass produced for the “average” person.  The standard prescription in the stock bracket is not ideal for any individual.  It is produced to be as close to the correct prescription for the greatest number of patients and thereby is correct for no single individual. Theoretically, custom lingual is more efficient especially in terms of treatment time and precision. The literature show this and I have noticed a difference clinically; that being said it is possible to get an excellent result with either product.Read more on Some Questions and Answers Regarding Incognito Braces…

Q&A Regarding Incognito Braces

Incognito Braces
Incognito Braces

Q: Will treatment using Incognito braces behind the teeth be as effective as conventional braces?

A: Custom made brackets are more efficient than standard stock brackets that are mass produced for the “average” person.  The standard prescription in the stock bracket is not ideal for any individual.  It is produced to be as close to the correct prescription for the greatest number of patients and thereby is correct for no single individual. Theoretically, custom lingual is more efficient especially in terms of treatment time and precision. The literature show this and I have noticed a difference clinically; that being said it is possible to get an excellent result with either product.Read more on Q&A Regarding Incognito Braces…