Clear teeth aligners and posture!? Now there’s a pair. Not necessarily a pair you’d put together though! Easley teeth aligners are popular nowadays. Young Chiropractic sees many Easley chiropractic patients who have chosen to use these new devices to straighten teeth. They are nearly unseen. They are bendable. They come out when the clear aligner wearer wants to remove them. Wearers acquire 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. Young Chiropractic hadn’t imagined that orthodontic and Easley chiropractic treatment plans might cross paths. Surprise!
TOOTH ALIGNMENT TREATMENT AND PLANNING
Most Easley chiropractic patients remember (too well for some!) the classic fixed appliances (braces) used by orthodontists to straighten teeth. Many Easley orthodontic patients lived with them! Research shows that in using Invisalign® technology, tooth type and movement are important issues to think about when the treatment plan is arranged. Invisalign® technology allows clinicians to calculate tooth positions with high accuracy when done in nonextraction cases, but some of the real outcomes may differ from those calculations. Most differences were not clinically relevant though. (1) Malocclusion (a misalignment or faulty relationship of the teeth of the two dental arches when they near 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 improved the condition. Invisalign® wearers finished faster (by 5.7 months!). Invisalign® improvement wasn’t as “great” in effectiveness 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 influence on body posture than other craniofacial factors, so patients with severe malocclusions need to be given extra consideration especially if a jaw surgery is being considered. (3) Young Chiropractic is in line with having the Easley orthodontists determine this!
TOOTH ALIGNMENT WITH INVISALIGN AND POSTURE
But Young Chiropractic is fine when called upon to help with any posture issues that arise. A recent study reports that clear, occlusal coverage aligners like Invisalign® may well sway body posture. The upper spine and lower spine sections are affected. After 6 months of wearing these clear aligners, the Kyphosis Angle, the Upper Thoracic Inclination and Pelvic Inclination were changed. It has been said that these clear aligners modify a wearer’s vertical height due to the occlusal coverage over the teeth and, subsequently, stimulate periodontal receptors obstructing the jaw closing muscles and, quite possibly, altering mandibular posture. (4) Young Chiropractic is as amazed as our Easley chiropractic patients with everything that is possible with these clear aligners! Young Chiropractic is aware of this potential and looks for it in Easley chiropractic patients who wear these.
CONTACT Young Chiropractic
Schedule a Easley chiropractic visit at Young Chiropractic to check your posture whether you are wearing Invisalign® or not! Young Chiropractic deals with all kinds of pairs related to the spine and posture! Easley 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.