Clear Aligners Market - Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact, And Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Global Clear Aligners Market is segmented by age (Adults and Teenage), end-user (Hospitals, Dental and Orthodontics Clinics), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Clear Aligner Market Size
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 24.8 %
Clear Aligner Market Key Players

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Market Overview

Clear Aligners market is projected to register a CAGR of 24.8% during the forecast period.

COVID-19 has adversely affected the global clear aligners market in 2020. The revenue of the companies from the clear aligners segment has declined substantially during the first two quarters of 2020. Due to the government actions taken to limit the spread of COVID-19, the companies have experienced a decline in customer demand, worldwide. Moreover, the end-user demand was affected by the dental association's guidelines to perform only emergency procedures. For instance, Align Technology has reported a decrease in its clear aligners sales by 1.2% in FY2020 as compared to FY2019 due to the restrictions imposed by the government during the pandemic. In 2021, after the removal of COVID-19 restrictions and resuming the dental practices, the company reported an increase of 52.9% of revenue from its clear aligners segment in FY2021.

The increasing prevalence of dental diseases, rising awareness regarding dental care, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and growing demand for clear aligners across the globe are driving the growth of the market. In addition, the growing patient population suffering from malocclusions and increasing adoption of invisible aligners in young people, and, changes in the lifestyle of people to adopt invisible aligners instead of traditional braces are likely to boost the market growth in the forecast period. According to World Health Organization, 2021, the estimated prevalence of malocclusions in children is 35% and 93% in adolescents. The prevalence of crowding is estimated to be 84%, as reported by World Health Organization, 2021.

Another factor that is inducing the growth of the clear aligners market is the adoption of new technologies and tools such as computer-aided design (CAD) technology, artificial intelligence, digital impression systems, and machine learning tools. This aids in providing customizable teeth alignment and facilitates the correct placement of the aligners. For instance, iTero, a digital impression system by Align Technology assists in developing accurate and customized clear aligner systems to treat mild to moderate misalignment conditions.

However, the high cost of clear aligners is making its affordability a concern for patients is likely to challenge the growth of the market.

Scope of the Report

As per the scope of the report, clear aligners are a type of invisible braces which are used to straighten the teeth. The aligners are made up of strong plastics and are designed to perfectly fit into a person’s mouth. These are customized clear braces achieved by digitally capturing impressions and processing the information using specialized software. These usually replace the traditional braces and have less social stigma compare to metal braces and others. The Clear Aligners Market is segmented by age (Adults and Teenage), end-user (Hospitals, Dental and Orthodontics Clinics), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments. The market report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends for 17 different countries across major regions, globally.

By Age
By End-user
Dental and Orthodontic Clinics
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

Adult Segment is Expected to Have the Significant Market Share

The increasing dental conditions like malocclusion, crowding are widely prevalent amongst the young population which has affected the quality of life as well as caused several problems such as impaired dentofacial aesthetics, disturbances of oral function, such as mastication, swallowing, and speech, and greater susceptibility to trauma and periodontal disease. According to World Health Organization, 2021, the estimated prevalence of malocclusions in children is 35% and 93% in adolescents. The prevalence of crowding is estimated to be 84%, as reported by World Health Organization, 2021. Similarly, the prevalence of malocclusion ranges from 20-43 % in both adults and children, in India. With the increasing, prevalence of malocclusion and malalignment, more and more people are becoming aware of their oral health and smiles. Thus, increasing the demand for invisible aligners.

The adoption of clear aligners is high among adults and adolescents due to its advantages such as being easy to remove and clean, less visible than the conventional fixed braces, reduce plaque accumulation, reduced dental visits.

Clear Aligner Market Trends

North America is Expected to Have the Significant Market Share

North America is anticipated to dominate the Clear Aligners market throughout the forecast period. The factors which are driving the growth of the market are the rising prevalence of dental disease, an increasing geriatric population that require timely dental check-ups, and a well-established healthcare system in the region. Additionally, the American Dental Association is known to aware people regarding the importance of oral health and hygiene which is likely to drive the market growth. Furthermore, the rising adoption of cosmetic dentistry procedures and 3D printing technologies supporting the growth of the invisible orthodontics market in North America.

The high prevalence of malocclusion is propelling the growth of the invisible aligners market, in this region. According to statistics published by the National Library of Medicine, 2020, titled” Worldwide prevalence of malocclusion in the different stages of dentition”, the prevalence rate of malocclusion was 53% in the United States. According to the American Dental Association, 2020, 85% are highly concerned about their dental health in the United States. The introduction of clear tray-style aligners has increased the interest of many patients who want to replace their traditional braces with the new clear aligners. For instance, 70% of the braces are worn by females in the United States.

Thus, increasing awareness regarding the aligners, surge in beauty standards with cosmetic dentistry and the available options for treating teeth misalignment are propelling the usage of clear aligners among the people in this region.

Clear Aligner Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

Clear Aligner market is highly competitive due to the rapid adoption of advanced digital technology and tools, 3D printers and CAD/CAM appliances. Moreover, the market players are rapidly opting for strategic expansions and collaborations for expanding their geographical presence and product launches. Some of the key market players operating in the market include Align Technology, Inc., 3M Company, Dentsply Sirona, Argen Corporation and Henry Schein Inc.

Recent Development

In September 2021, Align Technology agreed with Ultradent Products to develop a professional whitening system that can be used with Align's Vivera retainers and Invisalign aligners. This will provide Invisalign trained doctors exclusive access to a professional whitening system with the Opalescence PF whitening formula from Ultradent.

In July 2021, 3M Oral Care introduced a next-generation clear aligner system, Clarity Aligners Flex + Force. This will assist the company to strengthen its portfolio of advanced digital solutions by offering Advanced Tx Design through the 3M Oral Care Portal.

In June 2021, Dentsply Sirona acquired the assets of Propel Orthodontics. This acquisition will assist the company to strengthen its position in the fast-growing clear aligner market.

In January 2021, Dentsply Sirona acquired Straight Smile LLC (BYTE) a leading provider in the direct-to-consumer, doctor-directed clear aligner market, in an all-cash deal for USD 1.04 billion. This will assist the company to strengthen its SureSmile clear aligner business and strengthen its connection with dental professionals.

In January 2021, Carbon and Candid announced a partnership to produce accurate, efficient, and reliable models for clear aligners to straighten teeth.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Dental Problems like Malocclusions, Crowding, etc.

      2. 4.2.2 Rising Digital Technologies in Dentistry

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Huge Cost of Clear Aligners

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Age

      1. 5.1.1 Adult

      2. 5.1.2 Teens

    2. 5.2 By End-user

      1. 5.2.1 Hospitals

      2. 5.2.2 Dental and Orthodontic Clinics

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Middle East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa

      5. 5.3.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Align Technology, Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 The 3M Company

      3. 6.1.3 Dentsply Sirona

      4. 6.1.4 TP Orthodontics, Inc

      5. 6.1.5 Henry Schein, Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 Institut Straumann AG

      7. 6.1.7 Patterson Companies Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 Argen Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 3Shape A/S

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Clear Aligners Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Global Clear Aligners Market is growing at a CAGR of 24.8% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Align Technology, Inc., The 3M Company, Dentsply Sirona, Henry Schein, Inc., Argen are the major companies operating in Global Clear Aligners Market.

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