The global clear aligner market size was valued at USD 7,724.7 Million in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 49,720.1 Million in 2030 expanding at a CAGR of 21.0% during the forecast period.
Clear aligners are custom-made, nearly invisible mouthpieces that are used to correct crooked or misaligned teeth. The aligners are alternative to braces, they are removable and made around the patient’s flexibility and convenience.
Clear Aligners are transparent that are made of special material that help to straighten teeth just like braces. They use constant and gentle force to align the teeth to the required position without the use of metal wires and brackets. They are custom-made for every person and help to align the teeth in the desired position slowly.
The aligners are made by digitally capturing the impressions, after which the information is processed using specialized software which computes future projections for straighter teeth and better results after which the milling machine automatically fabricates the set of aligners.
The advantage of using aligners over braces is there are no restrictions on the eating and drinking habits as the aligners are removed before meals and there are no speech problems as in case of the traditional braces.
Clear Aligner Market Dynamics
Teenager segment is projected to grow at significant CAGR during the forecast period
The market for the clear aligners is segmented in adult and teenagers. The adult segment held a major market share. The teenager segment is projected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Dental conditions such as malocclusion are widely prevalent among the population, these conditions affect the quality of life and can cause problems such as disturbance in oral functions such as speech, swallowing, mastication and impaired dentofacial aesthetics.
Many teenagers prefer to avoid the discomfort caused by the metal braces, also the aligners look appealing due to which the teenagers are opting for the clear aligners than the traditional braces.
Orthodontic Clinics segment has highest CAGR and also holds a major market share
The dental and orthodontic segment dominated the end user market. The primary reason for the growth in the market was the high preference given to the orthodontists. The other factor for the growth of the market will be the trainings undertaken by the prominent players to enhance the awareness of the products in this segment will lead to the dominance of the segment.
The highly skilled orthodontist’s availability and the increased accessibility of the products offered to other medical practitioners will also help in the growth of the market. The hospital segment is projected to have a lower market share in the forecast period.
The Malocclusion segment represents major segment by application segment type
According to WHO, malocclusion is the third most prevalent dental disease after tooth decay and periodontal disease globally. Malocclusion refers to the anormal growth and development that affects the jaws and teeth due to which they deviate from their position. Malocclusion is prevalent mostly in the children suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the rise in the number of these cases will be a major factor for the growth of the clear aligners market.
Malocclusion is higher in the European Adolescents according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The cases of class I and class II and division malocclusion were higher. In Japan the cases of Angle Class II were higher among 12 to 15-year-old adolescents. The cases of anterior crowding were more dominant in girls than boys which was constant in the country, which increased the demand for the clear aligner market contributing to the growth of the global clear aligner market.
Increased competition from the direct-to-consumer companies will hinder the market growth
In the direct-to-consumer model the companies take the dental impressions of the patients either at home or the company stores which are reviewed by the remote orthodontists without the need for the consumers to actually visit the orthodontists. This is projected to be a string limiting factor for the market.
The costs for the direct-to-consumer products are also considerably lower than that of the B2B model for example, the cost of D2C cleaner aligner is in the range of USD 1,800 to 4,000 whereas the same cost for the B2B company such as Align Technology can range between USD 3,000 to 8,000 this can cost barrier is expected to hinder the growth of the B2B companies.
Clear Aligner Market Segment Insights
Clear aligners segment is expected to have the fastest CAGR during the forecast period due to the increasing number of disorders related to misaligned teeth. Many adults and teenagers prefer to use the aligners over the traditional brackets.
The ceramic braces segment is likely to grow at a moderate rate due to the increasing number of malocclusion disorders. The ceramic braces are likely to be preferred by the teenagers rather than the adults dur to their rigidity. The increasing demand for the aesthetically attractive braces for the treatment is expected to drive the demand for the braces these are fixed at the back of the teeth and are nearly invisible from the front, the customized options are available according to the requirement for the customer will benefit the market.
Advances in the orthodontic technology have made treatment of the conditions more comfortable. The products are designed with 3-D technology and CAD/CAM which provide more accurate and precise results for the misaligned teeth. The treatments are focused to fit any lifestyles.
The Asia-Pacific is projected to have a high CAGR during the forecast period due to the increasing demand of clear aligners in the developing of this region that include India and China. Market players are launched various products in this region and plan to acquire significant market share which is favoring the growth of the market.
North America dominated the market and contributed significant revenue in 2020 due to the various R&D activities undertaken by the market players and the local presence of companies to acquire patents. Majority of the consumers are attracted to the aligners due to their advantage over the traditional braces, awareness regarding dental hygiene, convenient methods for treating the misaligned teeth helped the market to grow significantly in this region.
Europe is estimated to be the second most dominant region after North America for the clear aligners due to the development of sophisticated technology for the treatment of misaligned teeth and increased adoption by the teenagers in the segment.
The rest of the world is estimated to contribute a limited market share during the forecast period. However, the improvements in the healthcare expenses in Latin America, Middle East and Africa will help the growth of the market in the future.
Key Benefits for Industry Participants & Stakeholders
- In-depth Analysis of the Global Clear Aligner (Invisible Braces) Market
- Historical, Current and Projected Market Size in terms of Value and Volume
- Potential & Niche Segments and Regions Exhibiting Promising Growth Covered
- Industry Drivers, Restraints and Opportunities Covered in the Study
- Recent Industry Trends and Developments
- Competitive Landscape & Strategies of Key Players
- Neutral Perspective on Clear Aligner Market Performance.
- Excessive Spacing
- Dental Clinics
- Orthodontic Clinics
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
- Dentsply Sirona
- Institut Straumann
- Great Lakes Dental Technologies
- American Orthodontics
- TP Orthodontics
- Voodoo Manufacturing
- Clearbite Aligners
- FORESTADENT Bernhard Frster
- Geniova Technologies
- Rocky Mountain Orthodontics
Top players in the market include Dentsply Sirona, Danaher, Institut Straumann, 3M, Great Lakes Dental Technologies, American Orthodontics, TP Orthodontics, Voodoo Manufacturing, Clearbite Aligners, DynaFlex, FORESTADENT Bernhard Frster, Geniova Technologies, Rocky Mountain Orthodontics are key manufacturers of clear aligners based on their revenue, research development (R&D) activities, product offerings, regional presence, and supply chain management system. The players are adopting key strategies such as acquisition, collaborations, and geographical expansion where potential opportunity for the Clear Aligner (Invisible Braces) market.