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Clear Aligner Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Age; By Material Type; By End-Use; By Distribution Channel (Offline & Online); By Region; Segment Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Published Date: Dec 2022
  • Pages: 115
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM2949
  • Base Year: 2022
  • Historical Data: 2019-2021

Report Summary

The global clear aligner market was valued at USD 3.96 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 30.6% during the forecast period.

Clear aligners are a set of custom-made tight-fitting mouthpieces or orthodontic devices used to repair misaligned teeth. These aligners are completely invisible & removable alternatives to the braces developed for patient comfort and flexibility. Malocclusion is a medical problem characterized by misaligned teeth or incorrect alignment of the upper and lower dental arches.

Clear Aligner Market Size
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Factors such as an increasing patient population with malocclusions, rising technical breakthroughs in dental treatment, and innovations in visualization software propel the market forward.

With a rise in conditions such as malocclusions & temporomandibular jaw misalignment, there is a greater desire for cosmetic and convenient alternatives to standard fixed equipment. Aligner technological advancements have broadened the area of its application and permitted the treatment of complicated patients.

The pandemic had a favorable worldwide influence on the market, and leading firms rebounded with higher revenues in 2020 than in prior years. According to the Dental Tribune, Align Technology sold around 1.6 Mn sets of clear aligners in 2020, up from 1.5 Mn cases in 2019. The business also reported that the usage of Invisalign aligners by adults & teenagers climbed by around 36.7 & 38.7%, respectively, in 2020, with teen patients being the most likely to use aligners during the epidemic.

The main reason for the increase in this marker was that individuals were less willing to go to an orthodontist's office to acquire traditional dental braces, which boosted the use of transparent aligners. The emergence of pandemics aided the industry's adoption, sales, and revenue growth, which is projected to continue. According to a few estimates, the rising female population with high discretionary income is responsible for the market growth. With high spending on healthcare & improved service quality, an increase in the utilization of novel technology is also driving people to orthodontic treatments.

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Industry Dynamics

Growth Drivers
This device provides an appealing and pleasant experience, improves dental hygiene, produces less discomfort, and reduces the number and duration of clinical appointments. The increased need for personalized clear aligners is driving product demand even further. Clear aligners market growth is driven by technological developments in dental treatment, such as clear aligner therapy, and a rising aging population suffering from malocclusions.

The projected market will grow as technology in the field of clear aligners improves. Align Technology debuted its newest product, Smile View, in 2019. This groundbreaking online tool for potential Invisalign patients helps users visualize their straighter smiles before committing to treatment. By connecting with customers, the new visualization tool is intended to raise awareness and demand for tooth straightening using Invisalign therapy.

With technical developments, the design of transparent aligners has greatly improved, boosting patient preference for clear aligners over traditional dental braces. This reason has contributed to the expansion of the clear aligners market. The sector’s changing dynamics are primarily attributable to patients' choices, which have progressed from simple cleanliness to specific image improvement.

The increased disposable money to spend on looks, social media, celebrity influence, and technical improvements such as computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies in cosmetic dentistry all contribute to the demand for cosmetic dentistry. Clear aligners will likely become more popular as cosmetic dentistry becomes more popular.

Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented based on age, material type, end-use, distribution channel, and region.

By Age

By Material Type

By End-Use

By Distribution Channel

By Region

  • Adults
  • Teens
  • Polyurethane
  • Plastic Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol
  • Others
  • Hospitals
  • Stand Alone Practices
  • Group Practices
  • Others
  • Offline
  • Online
  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, South Africa)

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The adults segment garnered the largest revenue share

The adult segment garnered the largest revenue share and was expected to maintain its dominance over the study period. Malocclusion is a common dental disorder in the population. It can cause difficulties like decreased dentofacial aesthetics, abnormalities in swallowing, mastication, and speaking as prone to trauma and periodontal disease. Nowadays, an appropriate visual look is required, mainly dental attractiveness, which is extremely important in society. Adolescents are becoming increasingly concerned about their teeth’ looks. Aligner treatment is one of the fastest-growing fields of orthodontics, with patients seeing it as a more pleasant, practical, and discreet alternative to permanent equipment.

Material Type insight

The polyurethane segment accounted for the largest revenue share. Polyurethane has several advantages when used as a component of an aligner. Because of its diverse properties, it may be utilized for both hard and soft parts. This material can create vital items to press teeth into alignment.

In contrast, they are soft enough to be worn for lengthy periods. For aligners to work, patients must maintain them in place and not remove them. These aligners will also not be harmed by frequent activities like grinding and biting. Furthermore, when it comes to aligner manufacture, polyurethane (PU) and PU foils offer greater advantages than PETG foils.

End-Use Insight

As solitary practitioners quickly implement clear aligners systems and are equipped with modern digital technology, the standalone category reciprocated the highest proportion in 2022. According to dentistry news, over half (46%) of NHS dentists intend to transition to private practice.

Dentistry Confidence Monitor surveyed over 400 dentists working in NHS and private institutions in 2019 and found that 84% of private dentists were satisfied because they could give the service they want, compared to 17% of NHS dentists. Furthermore, 79% of private dentists reported being able to do their duties without feeling too pressured, compared to 8% of NHS dentists. Flexibility, reduced administrative work, patient-centric tailored care, and practice control are projected to drive demand for independent dental clinics.

Distribution Channel insight

Discounts of up to 35% are available from Invisalign, encouraging dentists and orthodontists to actively sell as many teeth-straightening aligners as possible, increasing their per-patient revenues. However, the increased number of Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) clear aligner enterprises worldwide has resulted in widespread use of the internet sales channel. The current market trend is business-to-customer sales; however, a new trend that is gaining traction is direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales. This is when a corporation offers its goods directly to patients without the involvement of a dental expert. Clear aligners have grown in popularity among consumers, increasing access to treatment.

Regional Insight

In 2022, North America garnered largest revenue share. This is due to increased R&D spending, multinational businesses' local presence, and efforts to gain new patents. According to an American Dental Association poll, 85% of Americans regard dental health and believe oral health to be an essential element of total care.

Around 4 Mn individuals in the U.S. wear braces, with 25% being adults. The arrival of clear tray-style aligners has sparked the curiosity of many patients who want to enhance confidence in their smiles. Factors such as increased knowledge of current advancements in dental hygiene, different practical alternatives for addressing tooth misalignment, and an increase in aesthetic standards have prompted consumers to choose aligners, resulting in increased market growth in the region.

Competitive Insight

Some of the major players operating in the global market include 3M ESPE, Angel Aligner, Argen Corporation, Dentsply Sirona, Envista Corporation, Henry Schein, Institute Straumann, SmileDirect Club, Align Technology, and TP Orthodontics.

Recent Development

  • In April 2021, align Technology will extend its global operations by constructing a manufacturing factory in Poland. This expansion will enable the firm to serve a significant and underserved Invisalign market throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
  • In January 2021, Dentsply Sirona acquired the Straight Smile, a direct 2-consumer, doctor-directed clear aligner. This will help the company grow its Sure-Smile aligner business.
  • In April 2021, Envista Holdings established a cooperation agreement with the “Curaeos Clinics” to equip them with innovative dental solutions. These clinics operate dental clinics throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and Italy.

Clear Aligner Market Report Scope

Report Attributes

Details

Market size value in 2023

USD 5.16 billion

Revenue forecast in 2032

USD 57.05 billion

CAGR

30.6% from 2023 – 2032

Base year

2022

Historical data

2019 – 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Segments Covered

By Age, By Material Type, By End-Use, By Distribution channel, By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Key Companies

3M ESPE, Angel Aligner, Argen Corporation, Dentsply Sirona, Envista Corporation, Henry Schein, Institute Straumann, SmileDirect Club, Align Technology, TP Orthodontics.

Key Take-Away
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Global Clear Aligner Market Size, Share & Growth Analysis Report, 2023-2032