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Clear aligner market expected to grow by 25%

The clear aligners market is expected to display a steady growth of 25%. (Image: Shutterstock / Anton Zabielskyi)

Thu. 23 February 2023


The demand for the clear aligner market is growing due to increasing demand for aesthetic dentistry and the appeal for clear aligners as an orthodontic treatment. According to a new report published by UnivDatos Markets Insights, the clear aligner market was valued at more than US$3.8 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 25% from 2022 to 2028. 

Aligner therapy has taken the dental sector by storm, revolutionising orthodontic and restorative dental treatments. Demand for clear aligners is anticipated to grow in the coming years as patients are increasingly reluctant to get traditional teeth braces. Researchers suggest that aligners are chosen due to factors such as increased awareness of recent advancements in dental hygiene, numerous convenient options available for treating point misalignment and a shift in beauty standards. These have increased the adoption of clear aligners, leading to market growth

Furthermore, through a strong emphasis on research and development, businesses are concentrating on developing new products, and enhancing the current product offerings is expected to drive the market for clear aligners market in the coming years. Align Technology has announced the launch of the Invisalign Smile Architect, a facially driven ortho-restorative treatment planning software that allows general dentists to integrate clear aligner therapy into their comprehensive treatment plans. It combines teeth alignment and restorative planning in a single platform, providing flexibility to address a variety of patient needs

Meanwhile, orthodontists like Dr Darsh Patel use DentalMonitoring, a remote monitoring system, to enhance their clear aligner treatments, with an emphasis on reducing clinical and travel time for the orthodontist and patient. “With the advent of remote monitoring and AI technology, I have seen a paradigm shift of what orthodontic care will look like in the future”.

Some of the major players operating in the market include Align Technology, Envista Holding Corporation, Institut Straumann, Dentsply Sirona, 3M Corporation, Argen Corporation, Henry Schein,  TP Orthodontics, Patterson Companies  and SCHEU DENTAL.

The clear aligner market is segmented into adult and teenage. The adult segment accounted for a significant market share, and is where experts predict rapid growth. However, increasing concern for dental appearance is also seen among the adolescent population. Three million teens worldwide have chosen to have Invisalign treatment over braces, with experts citing the reliable and discreet nature of clear aligners as reasons for teenagers opting for Invisalign over fixed alternatives. A clinical trial with forty patients demonstrated Invisalign treatment with mandibular advancement is effective in treating Class II malocclusion in growing teens.

“I treat the majority of my teen patients with the Invisalign system”, said specialist orthodontist Dr Steffen Decker from Amersham in England, “I find its flexibility and simple approach appeals to both teen and parent, whilst I find its predicable nature helpful when treating patients who may still be growing. The system also allows me to successfully treat teen patients who I wouldn’t have been able to treat previously.”


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