Postural Changes When Wearing Clear Aligners like Invisalign®01/02/2018Clear teeth aligners and posture!? Now that is a pair. Not necessarily a pair you’d put together though! Fort Wayne teeth aligners are popular now. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc meets many Fort Wayne chiropractic patients who have chosen to use these new devices to adjust teeth. They are virtually invisible. They are bendable. They come out when the clear aligner wearer wishes to remove them. 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. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc hadn’t thought that orthodontic and Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plans might come in contact with each other. Surprise! TOOTH ALIGNMENT TREATMENT AND PLANNING Most Fort Wayne chiropractic patients recall (too well for some!) the classic fixed appliances (braces) used in orthodontics to straighten teeth. Many Fort Wayne orthodontic patients lived with them! Research reports that in using Invisalign® technology, tooth type and movement are important issues to think about when the treatment plan is set. Invisalign® technology lets clinicians to calculate tooth positions with high accuracy when done in nonextraction cases, but some of the real outcomes may differ from those expectations. Most variances were not clinically relevant though. (1) Malocclusion (a misalignment or faulty relationship of the teeth of the top and bottom teeth when they come close to each other as the jaws close) affects 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 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 relationships 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 parameters, so patients with severe malocclusions need to be given extra consideration especially if a jaw surgery is being considered. (3) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is fine with having the Fort Wayne orthodontists determine this! TOOTH ALIGNMENT WITH INVISALIGN AND POSTURE But Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is ready to help when posture issues arise in the process of aligning teeth . A recent study points out that clear, occlusal coverage aligners like Invisalign® may well sway body posture. The the upper and lower spine units are affected. After 6 months of wearing these clear aligners, the Kyphosis Angle, the Upper Thoracic Inclination and Pelvic Inclination were modified. It’s been documented that these clear aligners adjust a wearer’s vertical height due to the occlusal coverage over the teeth and, subsequently, stimulate periodontal receptors obstructing the jaw closing muscles and, likely, changing mandibular posture. (4) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is as amazed as our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients with everything that is possible with these clear aligners! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is aware of this potential and looks for it in Fort Wayne chiropractic patients who wear these. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Schedule a Fort Wayne chiropractic visit at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc to examine your posture whether you are wearing Invisalign® or not! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc works with all kinds of pairs related to the spine and posture! Fort Wayne 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. « View All Spine Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."