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Get Digital with 3D Printing & Take Control with “In-House” Aligners

November 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST

$50.00 – $590.00
Dr. Christopher Riolo


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MasterTrack Session 2 - Day 1

Delivery: In-Person Lecture & Hands-On or Virtual Workshop

Location: Washington AGD Global Education Center

MasterTrack 2021 November Riolo
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Lecture & Hands-On:

  • AGD Member Dentists: $490
    • + Staff: $150 per person
  • Non-AGD Member Dentists: $590
    • + Staff: $250 per person
  • UWSOD AGD Members: $99
  • UWSOD Non-AGD Members: $150

Virtual Viewing Lecture Only:

  • AGD Member Dentists: $199
  • Non-AGD Member Dentists: $299
  • Staff: $175
  • UWSOD AGD Members: $50
  • UWSOD Non-AGD Members: $90

Subject Codes: 370 – Orthodontics; 010 – Basic Sciences

Credit Hours: 8.0

Light breakfast, lunch, parking, all hands-on materials are provided for in-person attendees.

Course Outline:

Are you still in the stone age? Get digital with 3D printing

The introduction of intraoral scanning in the orthodontic clinic has resulted in an inevitable transition from analog to digital orthodontic workflow. This transition to digital orthodontics offers opportunities to add value to the care we offer our patients. In this lecture I will present a review of technology and digital workflow for the plasterless orthodontic office including; 3D printing technology, STL editing applications associated with 3D printing as well as the workflow and equipment required to transition specific tasks in the orthodontic office from an analog workflow. These tasks include orthodontic appliance fabrication using printed models such as thermoform retainers, fabrication of “Soldered” appliances, indirect bonding techniques using digital models and interdisciplinary treatment planning using mounted digital setups. We will conclude the session with an introduction to the workflow associated with the fabrication of in-house custom appliances and a glimpse of one possible future for the orthodontic office.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the basic technology involved in dental 3D printing
  2. Recognize the differences between various printers used in dentistry today
  3. Discuss the workflow options required to implement 3D printing in an dental/orthodontic office
  4. Explain how in-house workflow can add value to the care we offer our orthodontic patients
  5. Identify the 3 types of software involved in the fabrication of in-house aligners

Course Outline:

Take control of your workflow with “In-House” Aligners

Innovations in technology are disrupting the orthodontic profession. These changes affect both clinical care and the economics of care delivery. Digital technology has made custom orthodontic appliances like Clear Aligners possible and the disruption of the orthodontic marketplace we are experiencing due to the “direct to patient care” model is a direct result of the advent of these custom orthodontic appliances. This same digital technology that makes the corporate direct to patient care model possible offers orthodontists opportunities to improve the care we offer our patients by taking control of our workflow through 3D printing and “in-house” fabrication of clear aligners. There are a myriad of decisions to be made when fabricating and delivering in-house aligners to our patients. In this session we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various aligner staging platforms. We will also introduce the important factors in aligner fabrication and integration into your practice, including cost, staging parameters, labeling, packaging and branding of your “in-house” aligners.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the strengths and weakness of various aligner staging software
  2. Recognize the types of cases that are predictably treated using in-house aligners
  3. Recognize the important factors in effective aligner staging.
  4. Describe the workflow associated with fabrication and delivery of in-house aligners and explain how aligner workflow can be customized to your practice
  5. Recognize the importance of developing effective packaging and brand for your “in-house” aligner system

Dr. Christopher Riolo

Christopher Riolo


Dr. Riolo received his DDS from the University of Michigan. He received his Specialty Certificate and MS in Orthodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy. He subsequently returned to the University of Michigan where he completed a PhD in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health. Dr Riolo currently has academic appointments at the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Washington dental schools. He was the course director of the interdisciplinary seminar and interdisciplinary clinic segment for 7 years at the University of Washington.

Dr Riolo is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He maintains a completely digital private practice consisting of 95% adult patients; emphasizing the use of lingual appliances and in-house clear aligners to provide aesthetic orthodontic treatment options to this adult patient population. Dr. Riolo publishes and lectures on topics related to lingual orthodontics, 3D printing and orthodontic digital workflow.


November 18, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
$50.00 – $590.00


Washington Academy of General Dentistry
(206) 212-4969
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Washington AGD Global Educational Center
19415 International Blvd, #410
SeaTac, WA 98188 United States
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(206) 212-4969
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