Optimized Bite® Dental Training
Founder and Director
Clayton A. Chan, DDS, MICCMO
THE POWER IS IN THE BITE!
Dr. Clayton Chan founded the Optimized Bite® Dental Training and Education in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since opening its doors in 2008 as the first to offer advanced Optimized Bite® training to dentist from around the world, this training center has become the prime coaching resource for top clinicians, organizational leaders of peer review, delegates, dental societies, dental board examiners and world champion dentist to tri-athletes, Olympians, performance shooters, mixed martial arts and recreational athletes alike. Dr. Chan’s focused coaching and warm personality brings his professional dental training as a pioneer, teacher and educator and a doctor of the mouth to life. His brilliant technical teaching style allows his students to learn in an open positive environment the science and art of bite optimization. Dr. Chan is an inspiration to nearly everyone he meets, causing dentist to excel and re-examine their present mind set, occlusal philosophies, understanding and skills to reach higher levels, and motivating both advanced and beginners to believe in their knowledge, skills and abilities to excel.
Dr. Clayton Chan received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1988 from Loma Linda Unversity, School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California. Before starting his own teaching and training center in Las Vegas, he was a trained laboratory technician and worked as associate scientist with a major dental products company (Kerr, Sybron Corporation). He furthered his dental background practiced gnathologics as well as neuromuscular dentistry in San Diego, California and became the director of neuromuscular dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute. In current practice, Dr. Chan continues to focus on performance-based Orthopedic Bite Management Dentistry with an emphasis on training clinicians who work with elite level sport and performance athletes as well as dysfunctional TMD, restorative and orthodontic patients. His clients see exceptional results from his progressive blend of gnathology and neuromuscular performance Optimized Bite and occlusal management training.
Dr. Chan has Mastership status with the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, received his Master and Fellowship with Las Vegas Institute and achieved Diplomat status with The College of Forensic Orthopedics (Dipl. CFO), The American Board of Forensic Examiners (DABFE), The American Board of Forensic Dentistry (DABFD) and The American Board of Forensic Medicine (DABFM).
Level 1 – Advanced Optimized Bite™ Education and Training: Part I
Level 1 – The Level One program (Advanced Principles of Physiologic Occlusion) is designed to train doctors on advanced and scientific and objectively measured techniques in Optimized Bite™ techniques and physiologic occlusion. Doctors learn specific protocols and techniques combined with low frequency TENS to achieve a high level of results for their patients and elite athlete clients. Doctors who fulfill the requirements of Level 1 are certified by Dr. Chan in these advanced physiologic occlusion techniques to progress to the next level of advanced training in bite optimization using calibrated jaw tracking technology.
This training fulfills the basic requirements for AgilityGuard Trophy doctors.
For more information on: Level 1 Course – Advanced Principles of Physiologic Occlusion
Advanced K7 Instrumentation Training – Elite – Part II
Advanced K7 instrumentation training established by Dr. Chan takes doctors to a higher level of awareness and skill using K7 jaw tracking and TENS technology (Chan Optimized Bite® Dentistry) to refine their Level 1 abilities to still a higher level (similar to the elite military sharp shooters who use long and short range scopes and instrumentation to precisely hit the target in shooting practice regardless of weather conditions). Without the aid of high tech jaw tracking instrumentation combined with low frequency TENS it is impossible to meet the high standards of precision and accuracy. Being on the elite team of specialized Optimized Bite doctors requires advanced training. The human body recognizes small differences in the bite controlled by proprioception. Advanced training requires foundational knowledge, understanding and learning to perfect ones comprehension of the use instrumentation to blend both clinical observations with objective scientific technology to reach the goals of physiologic health and optimal performance.
This series of didactive and classroom training meets the certification training standards for dentist who own K7 instrumentation and requirements to be the Elite Triumphant K7 AgilityGuard provider (Qualified only at Occlusion Connections™).
For more information on: Level 5 Course Part II – Neurmuscular Bite Refinement/Advanced K7 and Scan Interpretation
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“The Leader, Teacher and Authority in Athletic Performance Bites” – The Home of Optimized Performance Bites
Dentists who are involved in elite athletic performance sports recognize that optimally positioning their atheletic clients jaw position is crucial to their performance. Dentist come to train with Dr. Chan and to learn his Optimized Bite® taking protocols, techniques and principles. They learn his proprietary thinking process and techniques (realizing it is a way of life and not just a side hobby).
Doctors begin at Level 1 (Advanced Principles of Physiologic Occlusion) training to perfect their abilities in Optimized Bite recognition, recording with the Myomonitor TENS using unique and specialized technology to better understand body positioning and mandibular movements and body posture that effect the performance of their athletes. The principles and concepts taught go beyond typical neuromuscular teachings that use TENS and the K7. These optimizing bite techniques and protocols have originated with Dr. Chan in 2003 and have been tested, research and proven by top athletes, trainers, physiologist, physicians, kineseologist and renowned dentist as the most physiologic bite taking process in medical/dental history. Dr. Chan’s proprietary techniques and technology have been recognized by AgilityGuard and certified performance guard fabrication laboratories to be the premiere Bite taking technology amongst elite Olympic level athletes.
Our certified and Optimized Bite™ trained dentist fit elite athletes to perform their best with the AgilityGuard (Triumphant www.AgilityGuard.com)
- MMA and Heavy Weight Boxing
- Endurance Running
- Pro Swimming
- Pro Hockey
- Weight Training
- Triathelon Training
- Performance Shooting
- Pro Adventure Sports
- Winter Sports
- Ultimate Off Road Sports
- U.S. Olympic Athletes
All AgilityGuard Regional Facilitator dentists have trained with Dr. Chan in the Optimized Bite® techniques. Doctors who come to the Optimized Bite® Training Center at Occlusion Connections™ in Las Vegas, NV have recieved specialized training in his advanced Optimized Bite® techniques and Advanced K7 instrumentation making these doctors highly skilled and qualified to be the best AgilityGuard dentist (“Triumphant K7 AgilityGuard” providers only qualified at Occlusion Connections™) in taking the bites for Optimal athletic performance. There are 7 Levels of Optimized Bite® training and skill levels to be the best. Dr. Chan certifies only the best.
Our elite sports performance dentist have been trained in all levels of Optimized Bite™ training also using advanced K7 computerized instrumentation technology to objectively determine and measure your Optimized Bite™ Position for opitmal performance.
“The elite athletes bite should not be guessed”!
Contact Jane (Dr. Chan’s Office Administrator) at: email@example.com to find a trained and certified AgilityGuard dentist near you.
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Clayton A. Chan, D.D.S.
Dr. Chan is a general dentist, clinician, teacher, educator, innovator and leader. He is considered by his peers and dental profession to be the authority on Neuromuscular Occlusion and its application to Clinical Dentistry. Dr. Chan’s training and experience as a dental laboratory technician, along with training in the areas of gnathology, TMD, orthodontics and neuromuscular occlusion, has helped him communicate a unique three-fold clinical message to thousands of dentists, specialists and dental leaders nationally and internationally related to the OPTIMIZED BITE® Dental Training and techniques related to TMD, orthodontics, cosmetic rehabilitation and athletic performance at the CHAN Optimized Bite™ Dental Training Center .
Dr. Chan’s unparalleled passion for the bio-physiologic sciences and their applications to dental occlusion, bite management and bite transfer techniques, inspired him to develop the CHAN OPTIMIZED BITE™ Dental Training Center which offers clinician an opportunity to learn specific techniques designed to systematically find the physiologic bite position for his/her patients using computerized instrumentation to enhance and redefine the traditional neuromuscular bio-instrumentation techniques. His experience in treating his TMD paining and cranio-mandibular dysfunction patients as well as complex restorative cases helped him develop occlusion techniques that are now used by many trained neuromuscular clinicians in North America and abroad today.
In March 2003 while treating his complex patients, Dr. Chan began to recognize significant jaw resting patterns while tracking his patient’s jaw movements using computerized mandibular scanning techniques, low frequency TENS and electromyography (EMG) that caused him to further investigate and confirm his findings. The protocol and technique Dr. Chan implemented soon became known amongst his peers as the “Chan Scan”. A paper was written titled, “Clinical and Scientific Validation for Optimizing the Neuromuscular Trajectory using the Chan Protocol” and was published in the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics Anthology VII in 2005. Dr. Chan who has continued teaching and advocating this technique to dental professionals has authored further papers. His complex TMD and restorative patient’s who have come for treatments have found significant improvements in their health due to a corrected bite. Noted authorities in the medical, dental, chiropractic and kinesiology arena are now acknowledging the validity and connection of the optimized bite relationship of the human jaw position and its effects to the rest of the body. Athletes are seeking to have their occlusion scientifically determined at a physiologic position to enhance their performance. Clients have reported improvements in flexibility, range of motion, balance and endurance seemingly small measured changes in jaw closing patterns and positioning. The smallest changes are now being recognized as very significant when comparing other bite capturing techniques with measured objective tests. It is the small and seemingly insignificant difference that makes this optimized occlusion technique unique, truly physiologic and very significant as it relates to human body physiology and optimization in performance.
The Chan Optimized Bite is recognized, registered and trademarked with the United States Patent and Trademark Commission.
Dr. Chan is the Founder of Occlusion Connections™, Executive Director of the Clinical NM Research Group, holds Mastership status with the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, Founding Member of the Appliance Therapy Group and member of several other dental organizations.
Dr. Chan’s unrivaled expertise and experience has been acknowledged by other dentists, professionals and athletes who seek him out for help and guidance in acquiring the understanding and skills in optimizing the bite as it relates to their patient’s in the dental practice and athletic performance.
Through Occlusion Connections™, Dr. Chan has developed a specific training and certification programs for dentists and other dental professionals who desire to learn how to provide optimal occlusion for their clients with TMJ/TMD problems, clients with cosmetic restorative bite problems, and to professional athletes seeking expertise in Dr. Chan’s techniques for optimal health and performance.
Dr. Chan has established a number of OC Regional Centers across North America comprising of qualified Chan-Certified clinicians who have advanced training to support those dentists wanting to learn more about Optimization through continuing education and hands-on practical training at the center.
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What is Bite Optimization?
The Bite: in dental terms refers to the occlusion.
Optimization: to make effective, perfect, or useful as possible. To make the best, to prepared a program that automatically adjusts itself to operate a computer at maximum efficiency, thus optimized. (Random House Dictionary, Unabridged edition).
- Optimization of the bite fundamentally relates anatomical structures as well as bio-physiologic relationships coming together in a relaxed (isotonic) state within the human body.
- Optimization is the science and art of determining and maintaining specific relationships of the teeth, muscles, joints and discs using sound principles of gneuromuscular occlusion that allows not only the stomatognathic system to rest, but the entire body.
- Optimization is determined and validated from the neuromuscular muscle relaxed position. Low frequency TENS has been used to establish homeostasis (true physiologic rest position).
- Optimization goes beyond classic electronic instrumentation techniques (modified Myotronics Scan 4/5 technique) and is validated by objective measuring technology using CMS (computerized mandibular scanning), Electromyography (EMG) that scientifically quantifies before and after jaw relationship with before and after TENs to measure and confirm “true optimization” scientifically. CMS measures jaw positioning and location. EMGs measures muscle activity status of the mandible and cervical relationships.
- An Optimized Bite can only be determined and confirmed objectively with the K7 instrumentation to within tenths of a millimeter. Without instrumentation the dentist cannot confirm or validate whether the bite is optimized or not.
- Optimization recognizes that the condyle and disc must function free of any impingement – no clicking, no popping. When the disc is reduced and the condyle is properly positioned within the glenoid fossa an optimal bite position can exist. In order for the disc to be optimized it must be properly positioned over the condylar head – not anterior or medially displaced. It recognizes that the condyle is not positioned in a posterior superior position within the glenoid fossa.
- Muscles of the face, head, lower jaw as well as the cervical neck and shoulder regions including the skeletal structural system must be balanced with proper body posture to bring optimal body balance and function.
Optimization is a term used to distinguish itself different than the classical neuromuscular jaw positioning. It is a technique and protocol that uses a systematic bite finding protocol using jaw tracking instrumentation (Myotronics K7, Scan 4/5) to “Optimize the Bite”. It is a bite recording protocol that goes beyond classical TENs bite, modified TENS bite techniques, classic scan 4/5 bite protocols and “modified Scan 4/5 bite” taking protocols developed and pioneered by the originator Dr. Clayton Chan. The Optimized Bite® technique and protocol is scientific and can be measured to within 0.1-0.3 mm accuracy.
What Is An Optimized Bite Dentist?
A dentist who has specialized training in optimized bite taking protocols using both Myotronics K7 and low frequency TENS technology to measure, quantify and precisely identify and record physiologic responses of their client/patients following specific Optimized Bite® Education and Training protocols. He/she is one that has shown didactic proficiency using bio-physiologic instrumentation at Occlusion Connections and can locate a mandibular position within 0.1-0.3 mm in both the sagittal and frontal planes.
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