Welcome to OBI Foundation
“Bioesthetics® is the study or theory of the beauty of living things in their natural forms and function”
Robert L. Lee, MS, DDS
Observational research had revealed to Robert L. Lee that individuals with a healthy, highly functional and unworn chewing system do exist, and that this nearly perfect functional state goes hand in hand with natural beauty. Based on his findings, he developed a treatment concept that aims at establishing a perfect harmony between all parts of the chewing system, known as optimal biologic form.
His findings form the foundation for the curriculum of the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry that offers comprehensive dental training and education for general dentists, specialists and dental technicians who want to practice Bioesthetic Dentistry.
OBI FOUNDATION for Bioesthetic Dentistry® is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual activities or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. OBI Foundation designates activites individually for specific continuing education hours which are noted with the description of each course.
Why Choose OBI ?
Are you restless for a purpose ; seeking the truth; curious; commited to discovering both the principle and process to Private Care dentistry ; passionate about relationships and clinical competence ?
OBI Foundation and Bioesthetics® are for you. Three advancing Core Curriulum courses guiding you in Bioesthetic Diagnosis, Bioesthetic Treatment and Advanced Bioesthetic Rejuventation incorporate both the principles and process for you, your team and patients for minimally invasive complete dental care. The OBI Lab Curriculum incorporates Function and Morphology Part 1 & 2 for the designation BDT.
Answers from Bioesthetic Diagnosis (Level II) students
This was a greatly rewarding and intense educational weekend that gave me a much greater insight on diagnosing occlusal problems and learning how to predictably manage them. I feel a lot more comfortable and much more equipped going back to the office ready to help my patients achieve optimum health. Mary Jean, O, DDS
Outstanding hands-on training for any dentist who wants to help patients get healthy and stay healthy by preserving their teeth and their smiles. Howard D, DDS
In order to achieve a level of knowledge and skill in treatments, one needs to work hard. More importantly, getting the education to move along this journey is paramount. OBI is truly a place that I know I will learn correctly. Matthew G, DDS
I am so thankful I had the oppportunity to attend Level II and seeing the impact of the B-MAGO on facial structures almost immediately was amazing. Thanks to our great instructors who made it possible. Lyly F, DDS
Greetings from OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry, a not for profit foundation dedicated to promoting the health benefits of Bioesthetics® worldwide through education, research and service to the dental profession and to the public.
These are both interesting and exciting times for all of dentistry. For dentists who are currently engaged in the practice of dentistry, there are increasing pressures brought upon our profession by ever more powerful corporate influences and controls and the resultant commoditization of dental care. Our profession is inundated with marketing that sends the message that we must constantly be looking for new ways to do more in less time in order to become profitable. Many new technological developments are adding to the mix with spiraling costs of acquisition and implementation.
The media through advertising and flashy stories continues to influence the public to demand more quick and easy treatments such as cosmetic make-overs with a lower investment of time, and understanding.
For those of us who have chosen to take the less travelled path of private care dentistry that is focused on individualized service, and based on authentic relationships with our clients, there is an acquired immunity to these energy sapping pressures.
My personal experience in taking this road less travelled for the last 30 plus years, is that one’s success is dependent on a practice that is not only groomed to focus on effective and authentic communication leading to meaningful relationships, but also on one’s ability to deliver predictable, trouble free outcomes with confidence. Without these two critical factors in place, success will be elusive.
The good news about all of this is that learning these qualities is achievable. Mastering the many facets of managing a private care practice that is free from outside corporate influences takes effort and commitment. Institutes such as the Schuster Center have long been helping dentists and their teams master the skills and controls required to succeed in developing such a dental practice. Dr. Mike Edwards, who sits on the board of directors of OBI Foundation, has written a book on the steps to achieving a successful private care practice, and he has developed a series of hands-on workshops for small groups who are interested in learning how he implemented them into his own practice. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting new program.
Developing the knowledge and skills to properly diagnose and treat complex cases of degenerating chewing systems can also be extremely daunting to the uninitiated. This is where OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry is the go to resource in dentistry. OBI is unparalleled in the education we provide to dentists and laboratory technicians. Our mini-residence style of education in the higher levels of our program is unique in all of dental CE. Our student to teaching ratio of 4:1 is unmatched, and our one to one coaching during the educational process is rare and invaluable.
There are people outside the world of Bioesthetics® who assume that OBI is all about teaching dentists and lab technicians how to restore dentitions with a full mouth of crowns. The fact is nothing could be further from the truth. Certainly, we want our graduates to have the tools and confidence required to provide this type of treatment when no other options exist. Our main focus however, is educating dentists and lab techs to help them understand how to recognize the early signs of degeneration in the chewing system, and how to successfully treat the underlying cause with minimally invasive techniques that will provide what Dr. Lee described as “lasting natural beauty”.
Today, an inevitable change in our profession is the incorporation of various digital technologies into our work. OBI recognizes the many advantages of the appropriate use of technologies such as 3D radiography, digital jaw tracking, optical scanning and digital production of restorations. Although the tried and true analogue methods are still valid and must not be forgotten, we recognize the need to incorporate new digital work-flow into our curriculum as many of our students are already familiar with it and are using it successfully in their own practices. We are in the process of updating all levels of our core curriculum to include teaching the successful use of such technologies into Bioesthetic practice.
For the lab technician who is keen on learning the skills and methods necessary to provide Bioesthetic restorations to their clientele, OBI has launched a new continuum called “Morphology and Function” which is tailored to provide a deep understanding of natural morphology and optimal function of the chewing system. It is open to both dentists and technicians.
For those of you who are already members of the Academy of Bioesthetic Dentistry, I invite you to visit our newly redesigned and refreshed ABD website. There you can find a wealth of resources for helping implement Bioesthetics® into you practices. Webinars, educational videos, and recorded presentations from past Annual Sessions are continually being added. If you are not currently an ABD member, I encourage you to take advantage of this resource and the other advantages included in membership, such as reduced auditing fees for attending classes and reduced registration fees for attendance at the Annual Session. You must be either enrolled in level III or IV, or a graduate of our program to qualify for membership. The OBI office will provide you with a user name and password to give you access to this invaluable resource.
Speaking of the Annual Session: New York 2017's focus on the Biology of Bioesthetics® from Chairperson Dr Jeffrey McClendon, was very well received by the 125+ delegates that attended to hear presentations by Dr. Roberto Gutierrez and world famous physical therapist Prof. Dr. Mariano Rocabado from Chile. Other speakers included Dr. Stephen J Chu, Dr. William Arnett and Dania Tamimi together with Bioesthetic orthodontist Dr. Dara Chira, and her wellness experts Holly Spence, PT and Gayle Myers MD. Dr Michael Gunson, Professor Timorthy Bromage, Dr L Douglas Knight, Dr Jason Deblinger, Dr Edgard El Chaar, Dr Jay Harris Levy, Dr Mary E Burns, Dr Michael Schuster, Dr Jonathan Levine and Jeffrey Bloomquist BDT broadened our understanding of the interconnectedness of nature.
2018 Annual Session will be in San Diego, CA October 11 - 13th, 2018 . The focus will be the Esthetics of Bioesthetics®. SAVE THE DATE and watch for further speaker/presenter details, early registration savings together with hotel and entertainment details. Dr Nick Addario will chair the 2018 Annual Session continuing to provide stimulating, thought provoking new knowledge to the Bioesthetics® global community. I look forward to seeing you there!
Dr. David MacLean
President, OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry
OBI FOUNDATION 2019 ANNUAL SESSION
October 3rd - 5th, 2019 in Denver, CO
Please SAVE THE DATE!