Postural Changes When Wearing Clear Aligners like Invisalign®

January 02, 2018

Clear teeth aligners and posture!?  Now there’s a pair. Not necessarily a pair you would put together though! Richmond teeth aligners are standard now. Johnson Chiropractic meets many Richmond chiropractic patients who have decided to use these new devices to adjust teeth. They are nearly unseen. They are flexible. The clear aligner wearer can take them out whenever he or she wants to take them out. Wearers obtain some control of the procedure. All is good, and yet the treatment planning like that of Invisalign® is newer technology. Everyone is learning more about it. Johnson Chiropractic had not thought that orthodontic and Richmond chiropractic treatment plans might cross paths. Surprise!


Most Richmond chiropractic patients remember (too well for some!)  the classic fixed appliances (braces) used by orthodontists to straighten teeth. Many Richmond orthodontic patients experienced them firsthand! Research shows that in using Invisalign® technology, tooth type and movement are crucial factors to ponder when the treatment plan is arranged. Invisalign® technology lets clinicians to predict tooth positions with high accuracy when done in nonextraction cases, but some of the actual outcomes may differ 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 near 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 addressed 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 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 ought to be given extra attention particularly if a jaw surgery is planned. (3) Johnson Chiropractic is fine with having the Richmond orthodontists determine this!


But Johnson Chiropractic is ready to help when posture issues arise in the process of aligning teeth . A recent study reports that clear, occlusal coverage aligners like Invisalign® may well sway body posture. The the upper and lower spine units are involved. After 6 months of wearing these clear aligners, the Kyphosis Angle, the Upper Thoracic Inclination and Pelvic Inclination were altered.  It has been reported that these clear aligners adjust 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) Johnson Chiropractic is as astonished as our Richmond chiropractic patients with all that is possible with these clear aligners! Johnson Chiropractic is aware of this potential and looks for it in Richmond chiropractic patients who wear these.

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Schedule a Richmond chiropractic visit at Johnson Chiropractic to check your posture whether you are wearing Invisalign® or not! Johnson Chiropractic deals with all kinds of pairs related to the spine and posture! Richmond 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 Richmond chiropractic helps.