Clear Aligners Market: Novel Trends and Future Opportunity

According to our new market research study on “Clear Aligners Market Forecast to 2028 – COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis – by Type, Distribution Channel, Age Group, and Geography,” the market is expected to reach US$ 8,708.67 million by 2028 from US$ 2,430.84 million in 2020. It is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 15.9% from 2021 to 2028. The key factors driving the growth of market are the growing prevalence of dental problems, rising incidence of malocclusions in children, and increasing demand for dental cosmetic procedures. However, the high cost of clear aligners hinders the market growth.

In recent years, dental treatment has emerged as an increasingly popular type of medical tourism. In this trend, travelers outside of the local healthcare system receive treatment at a substantially lower price. The procedure generally takes place at the end of a vacation to make the most of the travel expenses. The bulk of dental tourism commercials target Americans to take treatment in Mexico or Costa Rico and Australians to take treatment in Thailand, South Korea, and India. Dental tourism is a growing segment in the medical tourism market.

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Key Findings from The Clear Aligners Market

  • The global clear aligners market, based on type, is segmented into polyurethane plastic, polyethylene terephtalate glycol (PETG), and polyvinyl chloride. In 2019, the polyurethane plastic accounted for the largest market share. Technological development in polyurethane plastic and its high acceptance by dentists are the major factors driving the market growth for this segment. In addition, the increasing adoption of polyurethane plastic clear aligners is expected to propel the market growth in the future.
  • The global clear aligners market, based on the distribution channel, is segmented into direct sales, laboratories, and others. In 2020, the others segment held the largest share of the market. However, the direct sales segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
  • The global clear aligners market, based on age group, is bifurcated into adults and teenagers. The adults segment held a larger share of the market in 2020, whereas the teenagers segment is anticipated to register a higher CAGR in the market during the forecast period.
  • Align Technology, Inc.; Dentsply Sirona; Danaher; Institut Straumann AG; 3M; Henry Schein, Inc.; TP Orthodontics, Inc.; DynaFlex; Great Lakes Dental Technologies; and SCHEU DENTAL GmbH are among the leading companies operating in the clear aligners market.

The COVID-19 outbreak has been adversely affecting the most of the businesses globally since December 2019. The impact of the outbreak has placed many clear aligner manufacturing companies under pressure due to low sales and disruption in supply chains. As the oral treatments and procedures are directly contacted with patients’ oral fluid, they can create possible risk of infections. Thus, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and maintain social distance, the dental appointments have been restricted. The scenario is restraining the growth of clear aligners market.

Similarly, dental tourism is increasing in Asian countries such as India, South Korea, Thailand, and others. As per the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2016, the cost for smile designing in the US is nearly US$ 8,000, whereas it costs about US$ 1,000 in India. Singapore is promoting medical and dental services at affordable prices. Many patients from nearby countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia as well as patient from established countries such as the US and the UK are referring Singapore for their dental treatments. The increasing penetration of patients for a dental procedure in the emerging markets is likely to offer growth opportunities for the clear aligners market in these regions during the forecast period.

Growing Prevalence of Dental Problems

Dental and oral conditions affect people once in their lifetime. A single toothache can cause discomfort, pain, and disfigurement. As per the Global Burden of Diseases Study in 2016, oral diseases have affected ~3.58 billion people across the world. Dental diseases include dental caries. Periodontal disease, which results in tooth loss, was the 11th most prevalent dental disease around the globe.

The prevalence of dental and oral conditions, such as crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, teeth overcrowding, is rising across the region. In addition, the surging number of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) treatment has been reported. The periodontal diseases, injuries, and accidents are among the significant causes that may lead to dental problems. According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists data, more than 4 million people in Canada and the US are taking treatment from an orthodontic specialist. Also, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, around 31.6% population had untreated dental caries during 20132016 in the US.

In a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) 2019, Africa recorded the higher prevalence of Class I (90%) malocclusion than Class II malocclusions (7.5%). The maximum incidence of Class II, Class III, and open bite malocclusions were recorded in Europe (31.95%), Asia (5.76%), and Africa (8.3%), respectively. Moreover, the deep bite was considerably higher in Europe (37.4%) than other regions.

Furthermore, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) the Africa has the highest prevalence of Class I malocclusions (92.47%) in mixed dentition. However, the prevalence of Class II malocclusions (5.1%) was lowest, while Caucasians resulted in the lowest prevalence of open bite (3.7%). The Mongoloid population showed the highest prevalence of Class III (10.95%).

Government support is helping people to get treated with their dental problems. The dental issues are generally observed in the children. Therefore, the government is focusing more on dental health in school. For instance, the CDC provides management and guidance for state and community programs. The program assists to plan, set up, and evaluate school sealant programs and to complement services that are provided by private dentists. The rising prevalence of various dental diseases has increased the use of clear aligners, which propels the growth of the clear aligners market.

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