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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! San Jose teeth aligners are common nowadays. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions sees many San Jose chiropractic patients who have decided to use these new devices to adjust teeth. They are nearly unseen. They are flexible. They come out when the clear aligner wearer wants to take them out. Wearers gain 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. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions hadn’t thought that orthodontic and San Jose chiropractic treatment plans might come in contact with each other. Surprise!


Most San Jose chiropractic patients remember (too well for some!)  the classic fixed appliances (braces) used in orthodontics to straighten teeth. Many San Jose orthodontic patients experienced them firsthand! Research presents that in using Invisalign® technology, tooth type and movement are important issues to think about when the treatment plan is set. Invisalign® technology permits clinicians to predict tooth positions with high accuracy when done in nonextraction cases, but some of the real outcomes may differ from those predictions. Most variances were not clinically relevant though. (1) Malocclusion (a misalignment or incorrect relationship between the teeth of the top and bottom teeth when they near each other when the jaws close) plays a role in teeth straightening treatment planning. In a comparison study of Invisalign® to these conventional fixed appliances for mild to moderate malocclusion issues, they both improved the condition. Invisalign® wearers finished faster (by 5.7 months!). Invisalign® improvement was not as “great” in efficacy as fixed appliances. (2) One study decided 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 factors, so patients with severe malocclusions need to be given extra consideration especially if a jaw surgery is being proposed. (3) McMurray Chiropractic Solutions is in line with having the San Jose orthodontists determine this!


But McMurray Chiropractic Solutions is fine when called upon to help with any posture issues that arise. A new study points out that clear, occlusal coverage aligners like Invisalign® may well sway body posture. The upper spine and lower spine sections are involved. When clear aligner wearers were examined after 6 months of use, the Kyphosis Angle, the Upper Thoracic Inclination and Pelvic Inclination were modified.  It has 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, altering  mandibular posture. (4) McMurray Chiropractic Solutions is as astonished as our San Jose chiropractic patients with everything that is possible with these clear aligners! McMurray Chiropractic Solutions is aware of this potential and looks for it in San Jose chiropractic patients who wear these.

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Schedule a San Jose chiropractic visit at McMurray Chiropractic Solutions to check your posture whether you are wearing Invisalign® or not! McMurray Chiropractic Solutions works with all kinds of pairs related to the spine and posture! San Jose 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 San Jose chiropractic helps. 
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