Invisible Orthodontics to Grow by Nearly 13% Through 2022

Dentistry Today


The global market for invisible orthodontics will increase at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 13% from 2018 to 2022, according to Technavio. The market analyst company attributes this growth to advanced CAD/CAM technology, the increased prevalence and awareness of malocclusion, and the wider availability of treatment. 

Over the past decade, Technavio says, CAD/CAM technology now enables providers to produce invisible braces that are superior to conventional orthodontics. Also, CAD/CAM technology can shorten treatment and make it less invasive. It more closely follows the patient’s oral anatomy and supports correct placement as well. And, clinicians can use CAD/CAM to develop advanced orthodontics that can align a variety of designs based on material, size, and color.

Next, Technavio says, malocclusion is the third most prevalent dental disorder, after tooth decay and periodontal disease. On the average, 50% to 75% of the population in developed countries have irregular teeth and require correction using orthodontics, the company says. In the United States, it adds, only about 35% of adults have well-aligned mandibular incisors, while 15% face severe irregularity that requires expansion or extraction of some teeth.

Technavio further reports that the market is moderately fragmented, with a considerable number of companies participating. Clear aligners hold the greatest share of the market at 82%, followed by ceramic braces and lingual braces. Technavio expects that share to grow to nearly 87% by 2022. And while the Americas account for nearly 62% of the global market, the Asia-Pacific region will see the fastest growth rate at nearly 2%.

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