Clear Aligners Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Clear Aligners Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Age (Adult, Teenage), By End-use (Hospitals, Standalone Practices, Group Practices), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Aug, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-960-9
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 100

Report Overview 

The global clear aligners market size was valued at USD 2.2 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.1% from 2020 to 2027. Clear aligners are a series of tight-fitting custom-made mouthpieces or orthodontic systems that are useful in correcting misaligned or crooked teeth. Clear aligners are virtually discreet and removable alternative 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. In the advent of escalating dental disorders and advancements like 3D impression systems, additive fabrication, Nickel and Copper-Titanium wires, digital scanning technology, CAD/CAM appliances, temporary anchorage devices, and incognito lingual braces, and clear aligners are among the latest advancements that are making orthodontic treatments more efficient, predictable, and effective.

North America clear aligners market size

The dental treatments have become customized and technologies including digital impression systems like iTero by Align Technology are assisting in developing accurate and customized clear aligner systems to treat mild to moderate misalignment conditions. According to WHO, malocclusion is the third most prevalent dental disease after dental caries and periodontal disease globally. WHO also states that oral diseases with public health importance should be under periodic surveillance for sufficient planning and treatment and the organization had also included malocclusion under Handicapping Dentofacial Anomaly. Currently, the distribution and severity of oral diseases like malocclusion vary among different parts of the world and within the same country or region. Malocclusion is a condition wherein the teeth are misaligned and crooked, which can later lead to severe oral health complications such as hard and soft tissue trauma. Class I (74.7%) and Class II (19.56%) malocclusions are most prevalent among the global population.

According to the SMR Journal of Research, the prevalence of malocclusion varies in different countries, ranging from 88.1% in Colombia, 62.4% in Saudi Arabia, 20-35% in the United States, and 20-43% in India. The newly introduced clear aligners are used by many orthodontists to correct overbites, crooked teeth, and various other oral flaws. Previously, clear aligner systems were only used to treat acute problems but with the advent of advancement, they are now proved to treat more severe issues. Class I and II cases of misalignment can now be treated by a clear aligner system and are widely accepted too by many patients.

These invisible aligners are developed using virtual digital models, Computer-aided Design (CAD-CAM), and thermoformed plastic materials like copolyester or polycarbonate plastic. Most of the clear aligners are capable of incremental tooth movement of 0.25-3mm, over a period of 2 weeks for 20 to 22 hours a day. Inconvenience caused by the metal and ceramic braces and the long term gum sensitivity they can cause has increased the adoption of clear aligners by patients and dentists. The aligner is designed with the wearer’s comfort and is flexible. According to Dental Tribune, clear aligner technology has quickly become an increasingly popular alternative to fixed appliances for tooth straightening, since it is an aesthetically appealing and comfortable choice. Invisalign is the largest producer of clear aligners, and other brands include Clear Correct, Inman Aligner, and Smart Moves. However, factors like the high cost of clear aligners, less number of dentists in emerging areas, limited insurance coverage on orthodontic treatments are likely to hinder the market growth.

Age Insights

The teenage segment held the largest market share of 73.0% in 2019 and is expected to reciprocate the highest CAGR over the forecast period. Based on age, the clear aligners 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. Nowadays, acceptable aesthetic appearance including dental appearance plays a vital role in society. An increasing concern for dental appearance is seen more among the adolescent population. Aligner therapy is one of the fastest-growing areas in orthodontics, driven significantly by patients who regard it as a more comfortable, convenient, and discreet alternative to fixed appliances.

The FDA approved, Invisalign clear aligners developed by Align Technology, have been used in the treatment of 5.0 million people and worldwide Invisalign shipments to teenagers were about 87.1 thousand cases as of 2018. As per NCBI, the prevalence of Class I and Class II malocclusions are highest among the population. Clear aligners are effective in treating these medical conditions. Teenagers prefer avoiding discomfort caused by the metal braces and want their braces to look aesthetically appealing. For these reasons, teenagers are highly opting for clear aligners to get treated for their dental conditions. To date, over 1.0 million teenagers have started orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners.

End-use Insights

The standalone practices segment held the highest market share of 52.0% in 2019 and is expected to witness a significant CAGR over the forecast period. Based on the end-user segment, the market is divided into hospitals, standalone practitioners, group practices, and others. Standalone practitioners are readily adopting a clear aligner system and are equipped with advanced digital technologies. According to a survey by the American Dental Association (ADA), there are 10,658 orthodontists practicing in the U.S as of 2017 and approximately 795 of the orthodontist own or share the ownership of a practice. Moreover, the group practices segment is anticipated to witness the highest CAGR over the forecast period as it can help in minimizing costs and maximize earning potential while adopting new and advanced technologies.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the market and captured a revenue share of 57.6% in 2019. The region is expected to showcase a significant CAGR over the forecast period. This is attributed to increasing R&D investments and the local presence of global players and their efforts to obtain new patents. A survey conducted by the American Dental Association stated that 85.0% of individuals in the U.S. truly value dental health and consider oral health an essential aspect of overall care. There are four million people in the U.S wearing braces out of which 25.0% are adults and the advent of clear tray-style aligners has attracted the attention of many patients wanting to improve their smile but would prefer to avoid the metal-mouth look of braces. Factors like increasing awareness regarding the recent development in dental hygiene, various convenient options available for treating teeth misalignment, and surge in beauty standards have propelled people to opt for aligners, in turn, increasing market growth in the region.

Global clear aligners market share

In APAC, the market is expected to witness the highest CAGR of 25.1% over the forecast period due to increasing demand for clear aligners in developing economies, namely India and China. The surge is also due to the aesthetic appeal of the aligner systems. In February 2016, Align Technology announced the launch of Invisalign systems that include Invisalign Full, Invisalign Teen, and Invisalign Lite clear aligners, in India. The company was targeting over 80.0 million urban population as it accounts for a considerable share of sales of premium oral care products in the country.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is highly competitive in nature. One of the key factors driving the competitiveness among market players is the rapid adoption of advanced digital technologies like intraoral scans, digital tooth set-ups, 3D printers, and CAD/CAM appliances. Moreover, a prominent number of these players are rapidly opting for strategic expansions and collaborations for increasing their geographical presence and increasing sales volume in emerging and economically favorable regions. For instance, in September 2019, Align Technology formed a collaboration with Zimmer Biomet Dental to leverage their extensive direct global salesforce and network of dental clinicians and laboratories to help drive further penetration of Invisalign and provide access to clear aligners through the iTero platform. Some of the prominent players in the clear aligners market include:

  • Align technology

  • Dentsply Sirona

  • Patterson Companies Inc

  • Institute Straumann

  • Danaher Corporation

  • 3M

  • Argen Corporation

  • Henry Schein Inc.

  • TP Orthodontics Inc.

Clear Aligners Market Report Scope

                   Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 1.4 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 6.0 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 23.1% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Age, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

The U.S.; Canada; The U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; China; India; Japan; Australia; South Korea; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE

Key companies profiled

Align technology; Dentsply Sirona; Patterson Companies Inc; Institute Straumann; Danaher Corporation; 3M; Argen Corporation; Henry Schein Inc.; TP Orthodontics Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global clear aligners market report on the basis of age, end-use, and region:

  • Age Outlook, (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Adult

    • Teenage

  • End-use Outlook, (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Hospitals

    • Stand Alone Practices

    • Group Practices

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • India

      • Japan

      • China

      • Australia

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

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