Postural Changes When Wearing Clear Aligners like Invisalign®

Clear teeth aligners and posture!?  Now that is a pair. Not necessarily a pair you would put together though! West Des Moines teeth aligners are popular nowadays. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa sees many West Des Moines chiropractic patients who have decided to use these new devices to straighten teeth. They are nearly unseen. They are bendable. They come out when the clear aligner wearer desires to remove them. Wearers obtain 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. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa had not thought that orthodontic and West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plans might cross paths. Surprise!


Most West Des Moines chiropractic patients remember (too well for some!)  the classic fixed appliances (braces) used in orthodontics to straighten teeth. Many West Des Moines orthodontic patients experienced them firsthand! Research writes that in using Invisalign® technology, tooth type and movement are key factors to consider when the treatment plan is arranged. Invisalign® technology permits clinicians to predict tooth positions with high accuracy when done in nonextraction cases, but some of the actual outcomes may differ from those predictions. Most variances were not clinically relevant though. (1) Malocclusion (a misalignment or incorrect relationship of the teeth of the two dental arches when they come close to each other as the jaws close) influences teeth straightening treatment planning. In a comparison study of Invisalign® to these conventional fixed appliances for mild to moderate malocclusion issues, they both corrected the condition. Invisalign® wearers finished faster (by 5.7 months!). Invisalign® improvement was not as “great” in efficacy as fixed appliances. (2) One study set out to determine correlations between body posture in the sagittal profile and sagittal jaw position. The mandible (lower jaw)  has a greater effect on body posture than other craniofacial parameters, so patients with severe malocclusions need to be given extra attention especially if a jaw surgery is being considered. (3) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is in line with having the West Des Moines orthodontists determine this!


But Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is fine when called upon to help with any posture issues that arise. A recent study points out that clear, occlusal coverage aligners like Invisalign® may well influence body posture. The the upper and lower spine units are influenced. 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 change a wearer’s vertical height due to the aligners placement over the teeth and, consequently, stimulate periodontal receptors inhibiting the jaw closing muscles and, quite possibly, changing  mandibular posture. (4) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is as amazed as our West Des Moines chiropractic patients with all that is possible with these clear aligners! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is aware of this potential and keeps it in mind when examining West Des Moines chiropractic patients who wear these.

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Schedule a West Des Moines chiropractic visit at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa to test your posture whether you are wearing Invisalign® or not! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa works with all kinds of pairs related to the spine and posture! West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines chiropractic helps. 
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