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Postural Changes When Wearing Clear Aligners like Invisalign®

Clear teeth aligners and posture!?  Now there is a pair. Not necessarily a pair you would put together though! Brooks teeth aligners are standard nowadays. Soft Health and Healing Clinic sees many Brooks chiropractic patients who have chosen to use these new devices to straighten teeth. They are virtually imperceptible. They are flexible. The clear aligner wearer can take them out whenever he or she wishes to take them out. Wearers gain some control of the process. All is good, and yet the treatment planning like that of Invisalign® is newer technology. Everyone is finding out more about it. Soft Health and Healing Clinic hadn’t thought that orthodontic and Brooks chiropractic treatment plans might come in contact with each other. Surprise!


Most Brooks chiropractic patients recall (too well for some!)  the classic fixed appliances (braces) used by orthodontists to straighten teeth. Many Brooks orthodontic patients experienced them firsthand! Research presents that in using Invisalign® technology, tooth type and movement are key issues to think about when the treatment plan is set. Invisalign® technology allows clinicians to forecast tooth positions with high accuracy when done in nonextraction cases, but some of the actual outcomes may vary from those expectations. Most differences were not clinically relevant though. (1) Malocclusion (a misalignment or faulty relationship of the teeth of the two dental arches when they come close to each other as the jaws close) plays a role in teeth straightening treatment planning. When comparing Invisalign aligners to conventional fixed appliances for mild to moderate malocclusion issues, they both corrected the condition. Invisalign® wearers finished faster (by 5.7 months!). Invisalign® improvement wasn’t as “great” in efficacy as fixed appliances. (2) One study set out to determine associations 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 consideration particularly if a jaw surgery is being proposed. (3) Soft Health and Healing Clinic is in line with having the Brooks orthodontists determine this!


But Soft Health and Healing Clinic 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 upper spine and lower spine sections are involved. 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 adjust a wearer’s vertical height due to the aligners placement over the teeth and, then, stimulate periodontal receptors obstructing the jaw closing muscles and, quite possibly, changing  mandibular posture. (4) Soft Health and Healing Clinic is as astonished as our Brooks chiropractic patients with all that is possible with these clear aligners! Soft Health and Healing Clinic is aware of this potential and keeps it in mind when examining Brooks chiropractic patients who wear these.

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Schedule a Brooks chiropractic visit at Soft Health and Healing Clinic to check your posture whether you are wearing Invisalign® or not! Soft Health and Healing Clinic deals with all kinds of pairs related to the spine and posture! Brooks 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 Brooks chiropractic helps. 
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