Dr. Christopher Riolo, DDS, MS, PhDBellevue Orthodontist
About Dr. Riolo
Dr. Riolo believes that the knowledge necessary to create beautiful smiles is gained through a combination of education, practical experience, and dedication to lifelong learning. This is why despite being a full-time orthodontist at Bellevue Orthodontics, Dr. Riolo is also an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington and lectures to orthodontic residents, but also dentists and orthodontists nationwide. He is a well-regarded expert in digital orthodontics, custom esthetic appliances, and lingual orthodontics. He has published a number of scientific articles and textbook chapters.
Dr. Riolo is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). ABO certification is a voluntary and challenging process beyond specialty training which involves presenting a series of 10 cases to a panel of well-regarded experts for evaluation. Only about one-third of orthodontists in the United States are certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Riolo’s status as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics demonstrates his passion and commitment to excellence.
Dr. Riolo was born and raised in Michigan. Orthodontics has always been a part of his life as his father was also an orthodontist and university professor. Dr. Riolo attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he studied mathematics. He later attended the University of Michigan for his dental degree and completed his orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy. Upon completion of his specialty training, Dr. Riolo decided to continue his education at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, where he received a PhD in Epidemiology.
He and Dr. Bayirli have been happily married for nearly 20 years and have 2 beautiful daughters, Mina and Banu. Dr. Riolo and his family relocated to the Seattle area in 2010. Dr. Riolo is the proud owner of 2 dogs—Max the labradoodle and Moose the poodle. Dr Riolo has been a pilot since high school and in his spare time enjoys flying, sailing and skiing.
- 2006 – PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health
- 1995 – Certificate in orthodontics and Master of Science (MS) degree from University of Detroit Mercy, Department of Orthodontics
- 1993 – Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry
- 1987 – BS in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
University Appointments & Teaching
- Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Orthodontics
- Course Director for Interdisciplinary Orthodontics at the University of Washington, specializing in esthetic adult orthodontic treatment including lingual orthodontics (braces behind the teeth)
- Lectures nationally on topics related to adult esthetic treatment using custom orthodontic appliances and 3D printing applications in orthodontics
- Custom orthodontic appliance systems
- Lingual braces (braces behind the teeth)
- Washington State Society of Orthodontists (WSSO)
- American Lingual Orthodontics Association (ALOA)
- American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
- American Board of Orthodontics (ABO)
- The College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
- Washington State Dental Association (WSDA)
Chapters in Books
Bayirli B. Riolo CS, Clinical Epidemiology and Malocclusion, Chapter 10, p.. IN Riolo ML, Avery JK (eds.): Essentials for Orthodontic Practice, 3rd edition, EFOP Press, 2010.
Bayirli B, Riolo CS, Thornberg M, Riolo ML. “Treatment Tactics for Problems Related to Dentofacial Discrepancies in Three Planes of Space.” Chapter 10, In: Mosby’s Orthodontic Review, eds: English J, Peltomaki T, Pham-Litschel, K. March, 2008.
Riolo CS, Vaden JL. “The Planning and Timing of Orthodontic Treatment”. Essentials of Orthodontic Practice, Chapter 16, section III, Ed. Riolo ML., Avery JK (eds.): Essentials for Orthodontic Practice, 2nd edition, Grand Haven, a Vitalsource Technologies, DVD publication, Vitalsource key, www.vitalbook.com, 2007.
Riolo CS, Vaden JL. “The Planning and Timing of Orthodontic Treatment”. Essentials of Orthodontic Practice, Chapter 16, section III, Ed. Riolo ML., Avery JK., EFOP Press, 2003.
Haerian H, Kulbersh R, Riolo CS, Closs L, “Risk Assessment for Caries and Decalcification in Orthodontic Patients”, Chapter, Orthodontic Treatment: The Unfavorable Sequelae. Craniofacial Growth Series, Vol 31, Ed. McNamara, J.A., Trotman, C.A., University of Michigan, 1995.
Riolo CS, Kulbersh R, Thornberg MJ, Haerian H, “Periodontal Pathogen Levels Before and During Fixed Appliance Therapy”, Chapter, Orthodontic Treatment: The Unfavorable Sequelae. Craniofacial Growth Series, Vol 31, Ed. McNamara, J.A., Trotman, C.A., University of Michigan, 1995.
Riolo C, Bayirli B. In-house custom orthodontics using 3D printing. Monograph, Digital Orthodontics: Ed. Bayirli B. Monograph, University of Michigan, Symposium on Craniofacial Growth, 2019
Riolo CS, Finkleman SA, Kaltschmidt C. Lingual orthodontics: Understanding the issues is the key to success with lingual mechanics. Seminars in Orthodontics, Volume 24, Issue 3, September 2018, pg 271-285
Riolo C, Lingual extraction and non-extraction case reports
Seminars in Orthodontics, Volume 24, Issue 3, pg 325-338, Sept. 2018
Vaden JL, Riolo CS, Riolo ML. An orthodontic registry: Producing evidence from existing resources. AJODO 152(3):289–91, Sept. 2017
Lipp MJ, Riolo CS, Riolo ML, Farkas J, Tongxin Liu, Cisneros GJ. Showing you care: An empathetic approach to doctor–patient communication. Seminars in Orthodontics. Volume 22, Issue 2, p85-94, June 2016
Thornberg MJ, Riolo CS, Bayirli B, Riolo ML, Van Tubergen EA, Kulbersh R. Periodontal Pathogen Levels in Adolescents Before, During, and After Fixed Orthodontic Appliance Therapy. AJODO, 135(1):95-98 Jan 2009.
Riolo CS. Epidemiologic Applications of Contact and Infection Network Data. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2006.
Koopman JS. Simon CP. Riolo CP. When to control endemic infections by focusing on high-risk groups. Epidemiology. 16(5):621-7, Sept., 2005.
Koopman JS., Chick SE., Riolo CS., Simon CP., Jacquez G. Stochastic Effects of Disseminating Versus Local Transmission of Infection. Mathematical Biosciences. 180:49-71, Nov-Dec., 2002.
Riolo CS., Koopman JS. Methods and Measures for the Description of Epidemiologic Contact Networks. Journal of Urban Health. 78(3):446-57, Sept., 2001.
Koopman JS, Chick SE, Riolo CS, et al. Modeling contact and infection transmission geographic and social space using GERMS. Sex Transm Dis; 27(10):617-626, 2000
Riolo CS., Kulbresh, R. Riolo, M. Haerian, H. Periodontal Pathogen level in an adolescent population before and during fixed appliance therapy. Monograph, Orthodontic treatment: management of unfavorable sequelae. Trotman, Carroll-Ann; McNamara, James A. Jr.; Symposium on Craniofacial Growth, pg 161-176, 1996
Haerian H. Kulbresh R., Closs L., Riolo C. Periodontal Pathogen level in an adolescent population before and after fixed appliance therapy. Monograph, Orthodontic treatment: management of unfavorable sequelae. Trotman, Carroll-Ann; McNamara, James A. Jr.; Symposium on Craniofacial Growth, pg 149-160,1996
2020 Digital Braces Symposium, Dallas TX. Feb. 28-29 2020
2020 University of Detroit Mercy, Department of Orthodontics. Detroit, MI. Jan. 2020; 1 Day workshop: 3D Printing and In-House appliance workflow
2020 University of Washington, Department of Orthodontics. Ortho 582/682 Jan. 2020; Topic: “Kokich 10 Commandments”
2019 MKS meeting, Dallas TX. 3D Printing Expo. Oct. 25th, 2019; Title: Get Digital – Fundamentals of 3D printing and In-House Clear Aligners
2019 Northeastern Society of Orthodontists (NESO) Annual Meeting, Boston, Mass. Sept 27-29th; Title: Digital Technology in Orthodontics: Adding value to the care we offer our patients.
2019 American Association of Orthodontists Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. May; Title: In-House Custom Lingual Orthodontics Using 3D Printing
2019 American Association of Orthodontists Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA. May 3rd, Title: 3D Printing Hands-On Workshop: Digital Design and Applications
2019 University of Washington, Department of Orthodontics. Ortho 582/682 April 2019; Topic: Intro to lingual mechanics
2019 Northwest Angle Society annual meeting. Seattle, WA. Jan. 2019. Title: Digital Orthodontics: adding value to the care we offer our patients
2019 Moyers Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI. March 1-3, 2019; Title: Digital technology in orthodontics: A custom appliance revolution on the horizon.
2019 Incognito Lingual Study Club Webinar, Sponsored by 3M Unitek. Aug. 30; Title: 3D printing in the management of impacted teeth
2018 David Turpin Evidence Based Symposium, Seattle WA. Aug. 2018; Title: Digital Solutions for Esthetic Orthodontic Treatment
2018 University of Washington, Mini-Residency, Seattle WA. Aug 23, 2018; Topic: Lingual Orthodontic Concepts
2018 AAO annual meeting, Washington DC, May 2018; 1 hour Doctor Lecture (Lingual Orthodontics); 2 hours staff Lecture (3D Printing); 3 hours of Hands on Workshop (3D Printing)
2018 University of Washington, DentPC 573, Clear Aligner therapy using the Invisalign System. March 5th, 2018
2018 Miami FL. ELOS (Lingual study Club), Feb 16th, 2018; Topic: Lecture on lingual orthodontics
2018 University of Washington, DentPC 573, Feb 26th, 2018; Title: Surgical Orthodontics: Introduction to Orthognathic Surgery
2018 University of Washington, Ortho 582 (Interdisciplinary Orthodontics), Introduction to Adult Interdisciplinary Orthodontics. Jan. 2018
2017 University of Washington, Mini-Residency (two lectures/ half day); Title 1: Digital Orthodontics and 3D Printing, Sept. 2017; Title 2: Lingual Orthodontics, Sept. 2017
2017 3M Incognito Study Club, Sept 2017; 2 webinars: 3D printing application for the provisional replacement of anterior teeth using custom lingual appliances.
2017 3M Users meeting, Santa Monica, CA; Single day course: Lingual Orthodontics/ Digital Orthodontics
2017 University of Washington, Department of Orthodontics. Ortho 582/682 April 2017; Topic: 3D printing applications
2017 AAO annual meeting, San Diego, CA. May 2017; Title: Using lingual orthodontic appliances to provide esthetic treatment of impacted and missing anterior teeth
2017, University of Washington, Department of Orthodontics Ortho582/682. Topic: Lingual Orthodontics
2016 University of Washington, Mini-Residency; Title: Topics in Lingual Orthodontics, Sept. 2016
2016 University of Washington Alumni Association: Alaska Cruise, July 2016; Title: Lingual Orthodontics
2016 AAO annual meeting, Orlando, FL. May 2016; Title: Lingual Orthodontics: Challenges and Opportunities
2016 University of Washington, Department of Orthodontics. Ortho582/682 Adult Ortho; Title: Introduction to Adult Lingual Orthodontics
2015 Circle of Excellence Study Club, Orlando, FL; Topic: Canine uncovering case presentations
2015 University of Washington, Mini-Residency, Aug. 2015; Topic: Lingual Orthodontics
2015 AAO annual meeting, San Francisco, CA. May 2015; Title: Lingual Orthodontics: An Essential Tool for the Orthodontic Specialist
2015 Incognito Annual Meeting, Orlando FL;Topic: Presentation of Lingual Cases
2014 Circle of Excellence Annual Study Club, Chicago, IL; Topic: Case presentations with clinical pearl
2014 University of Washington, mini-residency, Aug. 2014; Title: Lingual Orthodontics
2012 Rabin Study Club, Bellevue, WA. May, 2012; Title: Custom Orthodontic Appliances
2003 Society of epidemiologic Research (SER) meeting, Atlanta, GA; Title: Controlling endemic infections by focusing on high-risk groups
1995 Moyers Pre-Symposium, Ann Arbor MI, March 1995; Title: Periodontal pathogen levels before and during fixed appliance therapy in children and adolescents