Clear Aligners Market to be Worth $18.8 Billion by 2030 - Exclusive Report by Meticulous Research® (2023)

Redding, California, May 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to a new market research report, "Clear Aligners Market by Material (Polyurethane, Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) Type (At-home, In-office) Age Group (Children, Adults) Distribution Channel (Offline, Online) End User (Clinics & Hospitals, Direct-to-customer) - Global Forecast to 2030", published by Meticulous Research®, the global clear aligners market is expected to reach $18.8 billion at a CAGR of 19.8% from 2023 to 2030

Clear aligners are transparent, personalized, and removable orthodontic appliances. The use of aligners allows for the gradual shifting of teeth in the desired direction. Without metal brackets and wires, aligners apply a consistent, moderate push to the teeth to shift them into the correct position. These are mainly used to treat malocclusion and improve smile aesthetics. Clear aligners are replacing traditional metal braces because they are more aesthetically pleasing and aid in better oral hygiene, as it is removable.

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The growth of the global clear aligners market is mainly attributed to the rise in the number of patients with malocclusion, rising new product launches and approvals by clear aligners companies, technological advancements in dentistry, increasing demand for aesthetic dentistry, rising government initiatives for oral care, increasing dental care infrastructure globally. However, the high cost of clear aligners restrains the growth of this market. The growing demand for customized clear aligners is expected to generate growth opportunities for the players operating in this market. However, the lack of awareness about dental health problems among the population and low access to quality dental treatment in emerging countries are challenging market growth.

Increasing Demand for Cosmetic Dentistry Drives the Clear Aligners Market

Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more people seek to improve the appearance of their teeth and achieve a brighter, more confident smile. The cosmetic dentistry procedure involves the treatment of malocclusion, change in dental appearance, and teeth whitening. Cosmetic dentistry has benefitted greatly from technological advances, such as digital imaging, which allows for more accurate and precise treatment planning, and the development of new materials that offer greater durability and aesthetics. Clear aligners are increasingly used as an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces.

Clear aligners are a popular choice for cosmetic dentistry for several reasons. Firstly, they are almost invisible so patients can straighten their teeth without the unsightly appearance of metal braces. Secondly, clear aligners are removable, making them more convenient for eating, brushing, and flossing. Finally, clear aligners typically require fewer visits to the dentist than traditional braces.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that around 99% of Americans think their smile is their most important social asset. The Harley Street Emporium surveyed more than 1,000 U.K. residents over the age of 18 in 2018. The survey concluded that the most desired improvements people wanted to make were through cosmetic dentistry (43% wanted to improve their teeth and smile). The increasing number of adults opting for teeth straightening is driving the adoption of clear aligners in the cosmetic industry.

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Factors contributing to the demand for cosmetic dentistry include rising disposable incomes and increased willingness to spend on appearance improvement. For instance, the Hallyu effect has also impacted cosmetic dentistry, particularly in East Asia. With their perfect smiles and straight, white teeth, South Korean celebrities have helped popularize cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, and orthodontics.

The global clear aligners market is segmented on the basis of Material (Polyurethane, Polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG), and Other Materials), Type (At-home Aligners and In-office Aligners), Age Group (Teenagers/Children and Adults), Distribution Channel (Offline and Online), End User (Dental Hospitals and Clinics, Dental Laboratories, and Direct-to-consumer (DTC)), and Geography. The study also evaluates industry competitors and analyzes their market share at the global and regional levels.

Based on material, in 2023, thepolyurethane segment is estimated to account for the largest share of the clear aligners market. Properties of polyurethane, such as chemical resistance, ability to withstand bruxism, and flexibility, are driving the market growth. Also, the polyurethane material is more flexible than other materials, preserving the aligner's longer elasticity and causing fewer breakage.

Based on type, the in-office aligners segment is expected to grow with the fastest growth during the forecast period. Factors such as the growing inclination of consumers for specialized treatment and increasing support of dental associations for in-office aligners are driving the growth of this segment. In-office aligners provide safe treatment, thus reducing the risk of oral damage. The technological advancements in clear aligners designing software and more customized patient treatment also support the market growth.

Based on age group, the adults segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The increase in the adoption of clear aligners for dental treatments, the inclination of these consumers towards clear aligners therapy as it is less painful than metal braces, and the aligners are easy to maintain are driving the demand for clear aligners among the adult age group segment.

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Based on distribution channel, the offline channel segment is estimated to account for the largest share of the global clear aligners market in 2023 The large share of this segment is primarily attributed to its higher product reliability through offline channels, enhanced consumer interaction, and preferred channels by consumers and manufacturers. The market players who offer clear aligners through offline distribution channels provide attractive offers for dentists and orthodontists, which helps them get products at discounted prices and helps OEMs increase the per-patient profit.

Based on end user, the dental hospitals & clinics segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Most of the patient pool prefers to get treated for malocclusion disorder in dental hospitals and clinics as they have a well-established infrastructure and are well-equipped to get effective treatment. Furthermore, high patient inflows at hospitals & clinics and subsequent improvement in the efficiency of orthodontic care delivery are the factors supporting the largest share.

Based on geography, North America is estimated to account for the largest share of the global clear aligners market in 2023. The factors driving the demand for clear aligners in North America are technological advancements in dentistry, the increasing prevalence of malocclusion, and increased dental care spending. Additionally, the presence of key players, well-established dental care infrastructure, and government initiatives for oral care awareness are contributing to the large share of the regional market. However, Asia-Pacific is slated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period primarily due to the population's rising income, the increasing number of dental professionals, the rising prevalence of malocclusion, and increasing dental expenditure.

The report also includes an extensive assessment of the key strategic developments adopted by leading market participants in the industry over the past years (2020–2023). The key players operating in the global clear aligners market are Align Technology, Inc. (U.S.), Institut Straumann AG (Switzerland), Dentsply Sirona Inc. (U.S.), 3M Company (U.S.), Envista Holdings Corporation (U.S.), Argen Corporation (U.S.), TP Orthodontics, Inc. (U.S.), Dentrum GMbH & Co.KG (Germany), Dynaflex (U.S.), Angelalign Technology Inc. (China), SmileDirectClub, Inc.(U.S.), G &H Orthodontics (U.S.), Avinent (Spain), DentCare Aligners(India), K Line Europe(Germany), and Clearbite Aligners (Australia).

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Clear Aligners Market Assessment, by Material

  • Polyurethane
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG)
  • Other Materials

(Other materials include Polycarbonate, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), and Polymer Blended Material)

Clear Aligners Market Assessment, by Type

  • At-Home Aligners
  • In-Office Aligners

Clear Aligners Market Assessment, by Age Group

  • Teenagers/Children
  • Adults

Clear Aligners Market Assessment, by Distribution Channel

  • Offline
  • Online

Clear Aligners Market Assessment, by End User

  • Dental Hospitals and Clinics
  • Dental Laboratories
  • Direct-to-Consumer (DTC)

Clear Aligners Market Assessment, by Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe (RoE)
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • China
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • India
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific (RoAPAC)
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America (RoLATAM)
  • Middle East & Africa

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What is the market size of clear aligners? ›

New York, April 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global clear aligners market size accounted for USD 4.8 billion in 2022, and it is projected to surpass around USD 47.7 billion by 2032, and it is poised to reach a CAGR of 26.5% from 2023 to 2032.

What is the demand for clear aligners? ›

The global market for Clear Aligners estimated at US$5.3 Billion in the year 2022, is projected to reach a revised size of US$29.9 Billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 24.2% over the analysis period 2022-2030.

Do clear aligners work? ›

Clear aligners are an effective way to straighten teeth, and they work as well as traditional braces in many cases. At times, clear aligners provide faster treatment than braces thanks to the precise amount of force these plastic trays apply on teeth.

What is the use of teeth aligners? ›

Aligner technology is an alternative to orthodontic braces. Invisalign® is one example of this technology. It uses thin, transparent plastic shells to move teeth in small increments when worn consistently. Instead of braces that are attached to your teeth, aligners are removable and changed at intervals of 7-14 days.

Are clear aligners as good as Invisalign? ›

Invisalign and Clear Correct can both fix the same problems with the bite or alignment of the teeth. A few of the particular problems that invisible braces can help correct include: Overbite: When a person has an overbite, the top front teeth overlap the front lower teeth.

What are the disadvantages of clear aligners? ›

Disadvantages of Clear Aligner Treatment

The aligners must be worn for at least 20-22 hours daily to be effective. This can be challenging for busy adults who may need more time or patience to keep them in place. The aligners are less effective at correcting more severe orthodontic issues than traditional braces.

Who should not get clear aligners? ›

Invisalign can't reshape your teeth, so if you have a few teeth that are very small or misshapen, it may not be possible to get Invisalign treatment. These improperly-shaped teeth can mess up the alignment of your aligners. However, you may be able to have these teeth treated with a dental crown or dental bonding.

Who is not a candidate for clear aligners? ›

People who have oral conditions that require surgery to fix aren't usually candidates for this type of treatment either. Patients who have dental implants, bridges or TMJ disorder may not be the best candidates for Invisalign.

Do aligners fix teeth permanently? ›

The answer is a resounding yes. Invisalign is designed to be a permanent solution, but there is a small catch. Whether you correct your teeth with braces or Invisalign, there's always the potential that they can shift back after your treatment. So, our rule of thumb is that your results are only as good as your habits.

Do clear aligners push teeth back? ›

Invisalign can indeed push front teeth back so long as there is enough space for these teeth to move into. If there are gaps behind the protruding front teeth then these gaps will be taken up as the front teeth push back.

How painful is clear aligners? ›

Around half of aligners wearers minor discomfort during the course of their aligner treatment. Their pain is typically described as a tenderness or pressure. Often, the discomfort is only noticed while wearing the aligners or triggered when you take them in and out to eat and clean.

Do you sleep with teeth aligners? ›

In the course of orthodontic treatment, one question that patients often ask is whether they can wear their Invisalign aligners while they sleep, and the answer is yes! You can continue to wear your aligners while you sleep. In fact, there are a number of benefits to doing so. Keep reading to learn more about them.

Do you sleep with aligners? ›

Therefore, it is necessary to wear the aligners during sleep. The manufacturers of Invisalign suggest wearing the braces for 20 to 22 hours each day and only removing them while eating or brushing the teeth. It is not a good idea to remove the aligner trays while sleeping.

What are the side effects of teeth aligners? ›

At times wearing aligners may cause nausea, painful ingestion of food, dryness of mouth, and headaches. Rarely swelling of eyes is also reported with the usage of aligners. Aligners may also cause breakouts on the lips. Few patients may also report fatigue, soreness, and breakouts on the tongue.

Do clear aligners move teeth? ›

Invisalign aligners gently capture the forces of tension and compression and manipulate them to reposition teeth slowly and gently over time. The movement brought about by Invisalign clear aligners is preceded by resorption of the bone and cementum. The movement also follows the deposit of new bone.

What is the difference between a clear retainer and an aligner? ›

The biggest difference between retainers and aligners is that they are made from different materials with opposite goals. Retainers are designed to prevent teeth from moving, while aligners are designed to enable teeth to move into a more desirable location through constant gentle forces.

What is difference between aligner and Invisalign? ›

However, most people, when they are thinking about clear aligners, they think of Invisalign. But to be more precise, Invisalign is the name of the product, and Align Technology manufactures it. Invisalign is not the only clear aligner. There are other clear aligners such as Clear Correct and MTM®.

What is the success rate of clear aligners? ›

Invisalign Success Rate

The overall success rate of Invisalign is around 96%. This means that 96% of patients who complete treatment with Invisalign achieve their desired results and are completely satisfied with the treatment.

Does Invisalign have a competitor? ›

ClearCorrect is the biggest competitor of Invisalign, and are meant to treat more complex cases than at-home clear aligners. They are also potentially more affordable than Invisalign, since they charge dentists lower product and lab fees.

What is the success of clear aligners? ›

But there are many benefits of this simple-looking tool called Invisalign aligners. On average, Invisalign treatment has a 96% success rate.

What is the negative of Invisalign? ›

Potential Drawbacks of Invisalign - It's Not For Frequent Snackers or Sippers. Invisalign aligners should be removed to eat or drink anything besides water. This is because the aligners will trap food particles and will result in yellow, discolored aligners and can cause cavities or gum disease.

Are braces or aligners better? ›

Braces are better for people with severe crookedness and most kids and teens. Invisalign and other brands of clear aligners are best for adults who want a nearly invisible and more comfortable straightening method, as long as the teeth aren't too crooked.

Do clear aligners hurt more than braces? ›

Invisalign is often known as being pain-free, but, it is less painful than the metal braces. The pain mainly occurs when moving teeth and straightening a bite.

Why do dentists not recommend Invisalign? ›

This is because there is an increased risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease if you wear aligners without addressing underlying issues first. You should be able to receive clearance from your dentist if there is any question about your oral health.

Can orthodontists tell if you don't wear your Invisalign? ›

The dentist will know if you don't wear your aligners as often – other than slow changes in your teeth realignment, there is another way to tell that you have not been consistent with your teeth aligners. They have a mark on them that should wear off with frequent usage.

What happens if your teeth aren't straight after Invisalign? ›

It's normal for your teeth to slightly shift after having your Invisalign braces removed or once you stop wearing Invisalign. This is the result of everyday wear and tear on your teeth as you bite down, chew, swallow, and speak.

What makes you unsuitable for Invisalign? ›

Invisalign® is best for those who have mild to moderate bite issues. More severe malocclusion problems will need to be treated with traditional braces, as these have the ability to apply more pressure onto teeth that need serious correction. Invisalign® is meant to adjust a few teeth at a time.

What happens if Invisalign doesn't work? ›

Invisalign's effectiveness is rarely called into question. Yet occasionally, your Invisalign aligner treatment doesn't give you the quick teeth straightening results you want. If this happens, getting in touch with your cosmetic dentist is crucial.

How many months does Invisalign take? ›

Invisalign is a simple and pain-free way to get straighter teeth. Most adults finish Invisalign treatment and have straight smiles in as little as 12-18 months. In some cases, noticeable results begin appearing just a few weeks after starting the Invisalign process.

Why do teeth move back after aligners? ›

Ligaments aren't fixed – The name of the connector that attaches each tooth to a jaw bone is the periodontal ligament. Ligaments aren't hard like bones. Instead, they are elastic. These ligaments are why orthodontic treatments can move teeth to begin with, and why they can move after treatment.

Do teeth relapse after Invisalign? ›

In the absence of proper post-treatment care, teeth may relapse after Invisalign. As teeth have a natural tendency to shift back to their original position, the most important factor in maintaining the results achieved through Invisalign is wearing custom-made retainers as instructed by your dentist or orthodontist.

Do I need to wear my retainer forever? ›

If you have minor dental issues, your dentist will initially suggest wearing retainers full-time for 2-3 months. But you might have to wear your retainers for over 6 months if you have severe dental problems. However, the good news is that you do not have to wear your retainers forever.

Why my teeth don't touch when my mouth is closed? ›

If you have an anterior open bite, your upper and lower front teeth have a gap between them even when your mouth is closed. If you have a posterior open bite, your back teeth don't touch when your mouth is closed. This could be causing various issues for you, like: A lisp or another type of speech impediment.

Do clear aligners push or pull? ›

There is one key difference between how braces move teeth and how aligners move teeth. Braces, using brackets and wires, apply a pull force to shift teeth. Aligners, however, use a push force to gently guide the teeth.

Do clear aligners make your gums recede? ›

The aligners can cause the gums to recede if they are too tight or apply too much pressure to the teeth and gums. Additionally, if the aligners are not correctly cleaned and maintained, this can lead to bacterial buildup, bad breath, and gum disease, contributing to dental issues.

How many times a day can you take Invisalign out? ›

Technically, you can remove your Invisalign as many times as you want in a day, provided you keep them in for around 20-22 hours daily. However, dentists recommend you remove your aligners as little as possible, only for activities such as eating meals and brushing your teeth.

How do I survive the first week of Invisalign? ›

First Week In Invisalign? 5 Tips To Make The Transition Smoother
  1. Track Your “Tray Time” Each Day. Since you'll be taking out your trays 4-6 times each day, it's easy to lose track of how long you're wearing them. ...
  2. Maintain Your Aligners. ...
  3. Sing To Help You Speak Clearly. ...
  4. Protect Your Tongue. ...
  5. Start Great Oral Hygiene Habits.
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What should I eat the first day with Invisalign? ›

Stick with foods that require minimal chewing for the first few days. Smoothies, milkshakes, yogurt, applesauce, ripe bananas, oatmeal, soup, scrambled eggs, protein shakes, and mashed potatoes are all excellent soft foods for sore teeth.

How many people use clear aligners? ›

The FDA approved, Invisalign clear aligners developed by Align Technology, have been used in the treatment of 5 million people as of 2018 and worldwide Invisalign shipments to teenagers were about 87.1 thousand cases as of 2018.

What is the market share of clear correct? ›

While ClearCorrect is the largest of the minor players in the marketplace, it currently accounts for less than 10 percent of the market share.

What is the market size of orthodontics? ›

02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global orthodontics market size was gauged at USD 6.73 billion in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 7.77 billion in 2022 to USD 26.35 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 19.1% during the 2022-2029 period.

Is Invisalign losing market share? ›

The clear aligner market remains largely untapped, with Invisalign being the leading and most widely distributed brand by a wide margin. At the same time, iTero / software sales are heating up, demonstrating a 44% CAGR from 2017 to 2021 compared to 34% from 2011 to 2017.

Where is Invisalign made? ›

Manufacturing. As the largest user of 3-D printing technology in the world, the Align Technology manufacturing plant in Mexico produces 200,000 unique aligners every 24 hours. An automated process divides the desired movements into a series of “baby” steps, and each step is printed by a 3-D printer.

Is the higher the market share the better? ›

The higher the market share, the more sales a company has than its competitors in their given industry. Market share is an indicator of how large a company is and the amount of influence it has in its industry. It can also be an indicator of growth and success. Companies generally seek to increase their market share.

How many adults have malocclusion? ›

In 2021, Align Technology, Inc. published data that reported that malocclusion is one of the most prevalent dental conditions affecting an estimated 60%-75% of the worldwide population, and around 500 million people could benefit from straightening their teeth.

What orthodontist earns the most? ›

The best-paid 25% made $208,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25% made $150,690.

What states pay orthodontists the most? ›

Hawaii is the highest paid state in the U.S. for orthodontists with a mean annual salary of $348,674, according to ZipRecruiter.

What is the profit margin on braces? ›

It historically averages about 10% return per year. Comprehensive Orthodontics, on the other hand (if set up correctly) returns 900% over tangible case costs after your initial investment.

How profitable is Invisalign? ›

For these doctors, Invisalign provided about $1000 of profit per hourof chairtime with the first $2,750 in fees to the patient, rising to$3,250 with $6,000 in fees. Doctors who were charged $1,549 in lab costsby Align had a profit of about $500 with the first $2,750 in fees,rising to $3,000 with $6,000 in fees.

Do clear aligners work better than braces? ›

Braces can achieve a better result than Invisalign. Braces have more force to move teeth into the desired position. Invisalign is limited in terms of how much teeth can be moved at a time.

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