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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’d put together though! Watertown teeth aligners are standard today. Watertown Wellness Center meets many Watertown chiropractic patients who have decided to use these new devices to adjust teeth. They are nearly imperceptible. They are bendable. They come out when the clear aligner wearer needs to take them out. Wearers gain 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. Watertown Wellness Center hadn’t thought that orthodontic and Watertown chiropractic treatment plans might come in contact with each other. Surprise!


Most Watertown chiropractic patients recall (too well for some!)  the classic fixed appliances (braces) used by orthodontists to straighten teeth. Many Watertown orthodontic patients experienced them firsthand! Research finds that in using Invisalign® technology, tooth type and movement are crucial elements to ponder 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 variances were not clinically relevant though. (1) Malocclusion (a misalignment or imprecise relationship of the teeth of the two dental arches when they come close to each other when 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 completed their care faster (by 5.7 months!). Invisalign® improvement wasn’t 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 factors, so patients with severe malocclusions need to be extended extra consideration particularly if a jaw surgery is being proposed. (3) Watertown Wellness Center is fine with having the Watertown orthodontists determine this!


But Watertown Wellness Center 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. 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, consequently, stimulate periodontal receptors obstructing the jaw closing muscles and, quite possibly, changing  mandibular posture. (4) Watertown Wellness Center is as astonished as our Watertown chiropractic patients with everything that is possible with these clear aligners! Watertown Wellness Center is aware of this potential and looks for it in Watertown chiropractic patients who wear these.

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Schedule a Watertown chiropractic visit at Watertown Wellness Center to check your posture whether you are wearing Invisalign® or not! Watertown Wellness Center works with all kinds of pairs related to the spine and posture! Watertown 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 Watertown chiropractic helps. 
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