Australia Clear Aligners Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Australia Clear Aligners Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Age (Adults, Teenage), By End Use (Hospitals, Stand Alone Practices, Group Practices), By Distribution Channel (Online, Offline), And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: Jul, 2021
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-472-8
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 75

Report Overview

The Australia clear aligners market size was valued at USD 71.9 million in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.7% from 2021 to 2028. Clear Aligners are a series of tight-fitting custom-made mouthpieces or orthodontic systems that are useful in correcting crowded, misaligned, or crooked teeth. Clear Aligners are virtually discreet and removable alternatives to braces designed around patient’s convenience and flexibility. Factors such as the growing patient population suffering from malocclusions, rising technological advancements pertaining to dental treatment, and growing demand for customized clear aligners are driving the market.

Australia clear aligners market size, by end use, 2016 - 2028 (USD Million)

The clear aligners brought in technological advancement and became an effective alternative to traditional braces which has held to its high demand globally. In Australia too, the demand for clear aligners provided by Align Technology and other direct-to-consumer Aligner Company’s has seen a surge, especially among the teen population. This is because clear aligners are more comfortable and are very cheap as compared to conventional metal braces. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the average cost of a doctor-directed clear aligner system ranges from USD 1,500 to USD 2,500, and metal braces treatment cost is around USD 9,000.

According to Health Government Australia, even though the overall dental health of the country’s population has improved in the last 25 years, there is still room for improvement. They also reported that three out of ten Australians avoid visiting the dentist due to the high cost associated with dental treatments. In order to tackle this, state and territory governments provide public dental services. From 2018 to 2019, private health insurance providers in the country subsidized over 42.9 million dental services, and over 5.4 million dental services were subsidized under the Australian government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

Moreover, the Australian government is also increasing its funding for dental services to improve oral health in Australia and has launched National Oral Health Plan 2015 to 2024 to provide more public dental services for adults. Moreover, cosmetic dentistry procedures in Australia have also witnessed an increase. Various factors such as increasing dental disease burden, a large pool of skilled dental practitioners, high access to healthcare service, and growing government initiatives to raise awareness about dental health are expected to boost the clear aligners market in this country.

According to Orthodontics Australia, 60% of the Australian population perceives that a good smile gives a boost to confidence and 46% of the population would like to change the appearance of their teeth if given the chance. Over half of the Australian population stated that they would smile more if they had a perfect smile and these above facts will prove to be a driving factor for the growth of clear aligners in the country. However, according to Sydney Morning Herald, many industry leaders have warned against direct-to-consumer operators or mail-order aligners, that sell directly to consumers without any clinical oversight and many pose a health risk that is irreversible. This factor will most likely hinder market growth.

The coronavirus outbreak had resulted in historic losses across markets, pushing countries into a financial crisis. According to Oral Health Group, in March 2020, regulators and health authorities ordered all dental offices to immediately stop seeing patients, with an exception for emergency treatment, resulting in office closures and unprecedented revenue declines across the sector. Companies like Align Technologies faced supply chain and distribution hurdles for their clear aligner systems which affected their sales growth. However, the third quarter of 2020 witnessed a gradual increase as the lockdown was eased and dental practices were cautiously resumed but at capacities less than pre-pandemic levels. As a step to assist doctors and stimulate the demand for their products, in 2020, Align Technology did not implement annual price increases on its clear aligner products.

Age Insights

The teenage segment dominated the market and held the largest revenue share of 73.6% in 2020. The segment is expected to reciprocate the highest CAGR over the forecast period. Based on age, the market is segmented into adults and teenagers. Dental conditions like malocclusion are widely prevalent amongst the population and apart from affecting the quality of life, it can also lead to problems such as impaired dentofacial aesthetics, disturbances of oral function, such as mastication, swallowing, and speech, and greater susceptibility to trauma and periodontal disease.

An increasing number of Australian teens are adopting clear aligner therapy and according to a survey carried out by Orthodontics Australia, around 55% of Australians are self-conscious about their teeth and 62% are willing to fix their crooked smiles. An increasing concern for dental appearance is seen more among the adolescent population. For these reasons, teenagers are highly opting for clear aligners to get treated for their dental conditions. To date, over 1 million teenagers have started orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. These are the factors promoting segmental growth in the country.

End-use Insights

The group practices segment dominated the market and held the largest revenue share of 50.4% in 2020. The segment is expected to witness a significant CAGR over the forecast period. The end-use segment is divided into hospitals, standalone practitioners, group practices, and direct to consumer. The group practices segment accounted for the largest revenue share in 2020 as such dental settings are readily adopting clear aligner system and are equipped with advanced digital technologies. According to Grattan Institute, around 7,000 general practitioners are working in Australia, and a majority of these GPs work in private group practices.

Moreover, the direct to consumer segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR over the forecast period. According to Straumann, the direct-to-consumer approach in the future is expected to be a trend in the market. According to a survey carried out by NCBI, in 2020, a majority of people are opting for DTC (direct-to-consumer) aligners because of the cost and convenience. Social media is playing a crucial role in the growing demand for clear aligners.

Distribution Channel Insights

The offline distribution segment dominated the Australia clear aligners market and held the largest revenue share of 61.6% in 2020. The distribution channel segment is divided into offline and online. A major portion of the distribution and sales of digitally automated clear aligners is through doctor-directed treatments. These buyers mainly include general dentists, dental hygienists, dental specialists, dental laboratories, orthodontists, DSOs, and third-party distributors. Clear aligners are high technicality products, and it is majorly pitched to dental specialists and therefore offline sales wherein the company is directly selling its products to the dental professional and is then prescribing aligner therapy to a patient held the highest market share.

Australia clear aligners market share, by distribution channel, 2020 (%)

However, the online distribution segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR over the forecast period. According to Straumann, the direct-to-patient approach is expected to outpace the conventional doctor-directed approach in the future. In January 2021, Dentsply Sirona acquired Byte, to tap the direct-to-consumer clear aligner market and this acquisition is expected to strengthen its SureSmile business. This is because there has been the emergence of direct to consumer’s aligner companies like SmileDirectClub, Candid, Byte, Smile Love, and SmilePath. However there are still some concerns related to online sales due to minimal clinical supervision and the possibility of irreversible tooth damage, it is still the most promising future trend in the clear aligner market.

Key Companies and Market Share Insights

The market is highly competitive in nature. One of the key factors driving competitiveness among market players in the country is high adoption of invisible aligners, high government spending on dental care and rising adult population. Many clear aligner manufacturers are rapidly opting for strategic expansions and collaborations in the country in order to capture their foothold in the Australian market. For instance, in April 2020, Byte, which is a direct-to-consumer aligner company, announced its expansion into the market in Australia. Some of the key players in the Australia clear aligners market include:

  • Align technology

  • Byte

  • SmilePath

  • EZSmile

  • Beam Australia

  • WonderSmile

  • SmileStyler

  • SmileDirectClub

Australia Clear Aligners Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Market size value in 2021

USD 91.3 million

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 534.3 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 28.7% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation

2020

Historical data

2016 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Age, end use, distribution channel

Country scope

Australia

Key companies profiled

Align technology; Byte; SmilePath; EZSmile; Beam Australia; WonderSmile; SmileStyler; SmileDirectClub

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at country level and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the Australia clear aligners market report on the basis of age, end use, and distribution channel:

  • Age Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Adult

    • Teenage

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Hospitals

    • Stand Alone Practices

    • Group Practices

    • Direct to Consumers

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Offline

    • Online

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