Postural Changes When Wearing Clear Aligners like Invisalign®

Clear teeth aligners and posture!?  Now that’s a pair. Not necessarily a pair you would put together though! Preston teeth aligners are standard today. Chiropractic Associates meets many Preston chiropractic patients who have decided to use these new devices to adjust teeth. They are virtually invisible. They are flexible. They come out when the clear aligner wearer desires to remove them. Wearers acquire some control of the procedure. All is good, and yet the treatment planning like that of Invisalign® is newer technology. Everyone is finding out more about it. Chiropractic Associates had not imagined that orthodontic and Preston chiropractic treatment plans might cross paths. Surprise!

TOOTH ALIGNMENT TREATMENT AND PLANNING

Most Preston chiropractic patients recall (too well for some!)  the classic fixed appliances (braces) used in orthodontics to straighten teeth. Many Preston orthodontic patients experienced them firsthand! Research writes that in using Invisalign® technology, tooth type and movement are key factors to think about when the treatment plan is set. Invisalign® technology allows clinicians to predict tooth positions with high accuracy when done in nonextraction cases, but some of the real outcomes may vary from those predictions. Most differences were not clinically relevant though. (1) Malocclusion (a misalignment or incorrect relationship between the teeth of the top and bottom teeth when they near each other as the jaws close) changes teeth straightening treatment planning. In a comparison study of Invisalign® to these conventional fixed appliances for mild to moderate malocclusion issues, they both improved the condition. Invisalign® wearers completed their care faster (by 5.7 months!). Invisalign® improvement wasn’t as “great” in effectiveness as fixed appliances. (2) One study planned to determine relationships between body posture in the sagittal profile and sagittal jaw position. The mandible (lower jaw)  has a greater influence on body posture than other craniofacial parameters, so patients with severe malocclusions need to be given extra attention especially if a jaw surgery is planned. (3) Chiropractic Associates is fine with having the Preston orthodontists determine this!

TOOTH ALIGNMENT WITH INVISALIGN AND POSTURE

But Chiropractic Associates is fine when called upon to help with any posture issues that arise. A new study points out that clear, occlusal coverage aligners like Invisalign® may well influence body posture. The upper spine and lower spine sections are affected. When clear aligner wearers were examined after 6 months of use, the Kyphosis Angle, the Upper Thoracic Inclination and Pelvic Inclination were altered.  It’s been documented that these clear aligners modify a wearer’s vertical height due to the occlusal coverage over the teeth and, subsequently, stimulate periodontal receptors inhibiting the jaw closing muscles and, likely, changing  mandibular posture. (4) Chiropractic Associates is as amazed as our Preston chiropractic patients with everything that is possible with these clear aligners! Chiropractic Associates is aware of this potential and keeps it in mind when examining Preston chiropractic patients who wear these.

CONTACT Chiropractic Associates

Schedule a Preston chiropractic visit at Chiropractic Associates to test your posture whether you are wearing Invisalign® or not! Chiropractic Associates works with all kinds of pairs related to the spine and posture! Preston chiropractic services cover all bases from the exam to the diagnosis to the treatment with spinal manipulation, diet, supplementation and exercise to the postural and rehabilitation tips to get your spine healthy and keep it that way.

 
Clear aligners influence posture which Preston chiropractic helps. 
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