Postural Changes When Wearing Clear Aligners like Invisalign®

Clear teeth aligners and posture!?  Now that is a pair. Not necessarily a pair you would put together though! Ottawa teeth aligners are standard now. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider sees many Ottawa chiropractic patients who have chosen to use these new devices to adjust teeth. They are nearly unseen. They are bendable. The clear aligner wearer can take them out whenever he or she needs 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 learning more about it. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider had not thought that orthodontic and Ottawa chiropractic treatment plans might come in contact with each other. Surprise!


Most Ottawa chiropractic patients remember (too well for some!)  the classic fixed appliances (braces) used by orthodontists to straighten teeth. Many Ottawa orthodontic patients lived with them! Research writes that in using Invisalign® technology, tooth type and movement are important issues to consider when the treatment plan is set. Invisalign® technology lets clinicians to forecast tooth positions with high accuracy when done in nonextraction cases, but some of the actual outcomes may vary from those predictions. Most variances were not clinically relevant though. (1) Malocclusion (a misalignment or faulty relationship between the teeth of the two dental arches when they come close to each other as the jaws close) changes 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 decided 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 extended extra attention particularly if a jaw surgery is being considered. (3) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is fine with having the Ottawa orthodontists determine this!


But The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is ready to help when posture issues arise in the process of aligning teeth . A new study points out that clear, occlusal coverage aligners like Invisalign® may well influence body posture. The upper spine and lower spine sections are influenced. When clear aligner wearers were examined after 6 months of use, the Kyphosis Angle, the Upper Thoracic Inclination and Pelvic Inclination were modified.  It’s been reported that these clear aligners alter a wearer’s vertical height due to the occlusal coverage over the teeth and, consequently, stimulate periodontal receptors inhibiting the jaw closing muscles and, quite possibly, changing  mandibular posture. (4) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is as astonished as our Ottawa chiropractic patients with everything that is possible with these clear aligners! The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is aware of this potential and looks for it in Ottawa chiropractic patients who wear these.

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Schedule a Ottawa chiropractic visit at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider to check your posture whether you are wearing Invisalign® or not! The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider works with all kinds of pairs related to the spine and posture! Ottawa 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 Ottawa chiropractic helps. 
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