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Clear Aligners Market Size By Age Group (Adult, Teen), By End-use (Hospitals, Dental and Orthodontal Clinics), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, {Western Europe [Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland], Eastern Europe [Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia], China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Saudi Arabia), Covid-19 Impact Analysis, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2022 – 2030

  • Report ID: GMI5259
  • Published Date: Jun 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Clear Aligners Market size surpassed USD 4.9 billion in 2021 and is estimated to register around 28% CAGR between 2022 and 2030. The growing incidence of malocclusions is the prominent factor stimulating the global market growth.

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Malocclusion refers to a medical condition that features misaligned teeth or improper alignment among the teeth of the upper and lower dental arches. The rise in the number of orthodontic patients suffering from ailments such as malocclusions and temporomandibular jaw misalignment has prompted an increase in the demand pertaining to aesthetic and convenient alternatives to traditional fixed appliances. Improvements in aligner technology have increased the scope of its application & the enabled the treatment of complex cases.

The use of this device offers an aesthetic and convenient experience, promotes oral hygiene, causes relatively less pain, and limits the number & duration of clinical visits. The growing demand for customized clear aligners is further accelerating the product demand. Technological advancements in dental treatment including clear aligner therapy, and rapidly aging population suffering with malocclusions are driving the clear aligners market expansion.

Clear aligners refer to transparent trays composed of special material. This dental equipment is employed in improving the posture of misaligned or crooked teeth. These orthodontic systems are used to straighten teeth and offer an optimal alternative to conventional braces. Clear aligners are visually discreet and designed in accordance with patients’ convenience and flexibility. They use gentle and simultaneous force to position the teeth in the proper position without requiring going through the hassles of conventional braces.

However, high cost of clear aligners may negatively impact the clear aligners industry growth. The cost of clear aligners varies based on the misalignment of the teeth to be corrected and other variables that can be evaluated by a dental professional. Thus, the cost of aligners is determined using a broad spectrum of criteria, such as the intricacy of the case, the number of enhancements needed, and the number of aligners employed. The high cost of acquisition of clear aligners hampers its adoption rate, especially in the emerging markets.

For instance, the general cost ranges from USD 3,000 to USD 8,000, with majority of these aligners costing around USD 4,000 to USD 5,000. Moreover, in developing countries such a high cost of equipment restricts the dental practitioners from opting for the product. Thus, significant cost of clear aligners may impede their market growth.

The COVID-19 pandemic emerged as a global health crisis and inflicted notable disease burden & financial adversities on several sectors of the global economy. Multiple sectors including the healthcare industry have foreseen significant transitions during the first half of 2020. This has resulted in delay or postponing several medical procedures. However, despite these developments, the COVID-19 pandemic had a positive impact on the clear aligners market growth.

During the pandemic, the orthodontic practice disruption and quarantine led several orthodontists and patients to communicate using online telemedicine services. As per the Frontiers in Medicine study, there was an increased volume of posts on online platforms demanding for clear aligners during the pandemic. An article by the Dental Tribune stated that Align Technology, one of the market players reported around increased sales accounting for 1.6 million cases in 2020 as compared to 1.5 million cases in the previous year. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic assisted the industry to proliferate in terms of product adoption and this trend is expected to continue in near future. Thus, the COVID-19 pandemic positively impacted the overall market demand.

Increasing prevalence of malocclusions is expected to propel the market statistics

The rise in the number of people suffering from malocclusions is anticipated to have a significant impact on boosting the clear aligners market growth. The epidemiology and assessment of orthodontic treatment is of supreme importance in many countries. Malocclusion shows third highest prevalence among oral pathologies just behind dental caries and periodontal disease.

Malocclusion or misaligned teeth is one of the prevalent dental conditions with substantial prevalence and disease burden globally. According to the PubMed article, in 2020, the overall prevalence of malocclusion was approximately 56%. The highest prevalence was reported in the African region (81%), followed by Europe (72%), North & South America (53%) and Asia (48%).

The article published by the International Journal of Pedodontics Rehabilitation, in 2018, documented that the malocclusion prevalence observed in children aged 10 to 12 years was more than 76% in India. The article further stated that among the prevalent population, around 66% of the children suffered from Class I malocclusion, followed by around 9% suffering from Class II malocclusion, and 1.4% had Class III malocclusion.

People suffering from malocclusions often suffer from negative psychological impact and proves to be a significant threat for the quality of life. Other than psychological concerns, malocclusion can lead to abnormal oropharyngeal functions. Hence, a proper treatment for malocclusion is essential as it can reduce the exaggeration of the psychological & functional abnormalities.

Clear aligners are primarily used for treating malocclusions efficiently. As a result, the increasing prevalence of malocclusion cases across the world is anticipated to drive the demand for orthodontic treatment thus, propelling the market size.

High prevalence of orthodontic conditions among adults is set to stimulate the business landscape

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Based on age group, the market is segmented as adults and teens. The adults segment accounted for majority market share in 2021 and is anticipated to register a significant CAGR of 25.1% CAGR from 2022-2030. This market share is owing to the high prevalence of orthodontic conditions among the adults. Orthodontic ailments, including malocclusion are profoundly observed amongst the adult population. If not treated, these ailments can result in complications such as impaired dentofacial aesthetics and disturbed oral functions including swallowing, mastication, and higher risk of trauma & periodontal disease. These factors have promoted the adoption of clear aligners among the adolescents that are set to benefit the market share.

For instance, as per the National Centers for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), in 2018, recent statistics indicate a surge in the number of older individuals demanding orthodontic intervention. Thus, the increasing product adoption amongst the older individuals is anticipated to drive the overall industry landscape.

The growing hospital admissions is projected to fuel the segmental demand

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Based on end-use, the market is segmented as hospitals and dental & orthodontal clinics. The hospital segment held substantial market share in 2021 and is anticipated to witness notable growth to reach than USD 15.8 billion by 2030. This substantial market revenue is majorly pertaining to the growing hospital admissions and increased product adoption in hospitals. Notable adoption rate of these novel orthodontic devices offering enhanced and effective solution for aligning misaligned or crooked teeth would drive the patient preference for these healthcare settings.

The increasing hospital admissions attributed to the high prevalence of malocclusions & psychological impact of these ailments. Thus, the aforementioned factors are projected to expedite the overall market statistics.

Significant burden of malocclusion in the North America region is set to fuel the regional business demand

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U.S. clear aligners market is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR of over 27.4% between 2022 and 2030. This majority market share is attributable to several factors such as the rising prevalence of malocclusions, steadily rising dental care expenditure, and surged product adoption across the country. As per the Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research, in 2019, around 32% of the U.S. adults were suffering from malocclusion. The high prevalence of malocclusion translates to a higher market growth potential in the country.

According to the NCBI article, in 2018, more than one million individuals in the U.S. undergo orthodontic treatment annually. Furthermore, significant dental care expenditure is anticipated to drive the adoption of novel malocclusion management solutions. As per the American Dental Association, the U.S. dental expenditure accounted for USD 142.4 billion in 2020. Thus, owing to the above-mentioned factors, the U.S. market growth is estimated to surge in the coming years.

Strategies adopted by major market players will surge the industry growth

Some of the major market players operating in the clear aligners industry are Align Technology, Inc., Envista Holding Corporation, Institut Straumann AG, Dentsply Sirona, 3M Corporation, Argen Corporation, Henry Schein, Inc., and TP Orthodontics, Inc. among others. These players focus on strategic partnerships, new product launch & commercialization for market expansion. Moreover, these players are heavily investing in research that allows them to introduce innovative products and garner maximum revenue in the market.

Recent industry developments:

  • In February 2022, OraPharma (Bausch Health Companies Inc.) announced the U.S. launch of the OraFit custom clear aligner system that is intended for correcting malocclusion. This product launch is expected to help the company in expanding its product portfolio and strengthen its industry position in the U.S.
  • In February 2022, Ormco Corporation announced the launch of its Spark Clear Aligners Release 12, offering novel clinical enhancements, product optimization, and more flexibility, efficiency, & control. This strategic development helped the company to bolster its product offerings in the market.

Clear aligners market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2017 to 2030, for the following segments:

By Age Group

  • Adult
  • Teen

By End-use

  • Hospitals
  • Dental and Orthodontal Clinics

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Western Europe
      • Germany
      • UK
      • France
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Austria
      • Switzerland
    • Eastern Europe
      • Poland
      • Hungary
      • Czech Republic
      • Romania
      • Slovakia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
Authors: Rupali Swain, Subodh Kharad

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global market clear aligners exceeded USD 4.9 billion in 2021 and is expected to record a CAGR of 28% from 2022 to 2030 considering the soaring incidence of malocclusions.
The market share from hospital care is anticipated to cross USD 15.8 billion until 2030 owing to the increasing product adoption in hospitals.
U.S. market for clear aligners is poised to expand at a CAGR of 27.4% through 2030 driven by the constantly increasing dental care expenditure and the increasing prevalence of malocclusions.
Prominent participants in the clear aligners market comprise Envista Holding Corporation, Align Technology, Inc., Henry Schein, Inc., TP Orthodontics, Inc., Dentsply Sirona, Argen Corporation, and others.

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  • Base Year: 2021
  • Companies covered: 11
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  • Countries covered: 17
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