CAD/CAM and 3-D Technology aiding Invisible Orthodontics Industry


Arizton’s recent market research report Invisible Orthodontics Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2020-2025 provides comprehensive industry analysis, trend forecasts, and competitive analysis.  The study includes insights by Product (clear aligners, ceramic braces, and lingual braces), Patient Group (adults and children & adolescents), End-users (dental clinics & orthodontic clinics, hospitals, and dental service organizations), and Geography (North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and MEA). 

The global invisible orthodontics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 23% during the period 2019–2025.

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Invisible orthodontics are dental braces and aligners usually used to straighten and align teeth in people with malocclusion as well as in people with moderately crowded teeth or minor spacing issues. Traditional metal braces are most commonly used in orthodontic treatment for a malocclusion. However, these braces lead to a metal mouth appearance, which makes them highly noticeable. They can also cause mouth sores and teeth decalcification. This is encouraging a broad majority of people to opt for new invisible orthodontics. Ceramic, lingual, and clear aligners are the three types of invisible orthodontics used for treating malocclusion.

The leading drivers and trends driving the growth of the invisible orthodontics industry are discussed below:

Increasing Incidence of Malocclusion

Currently, 60–75% of the global population is affected by malocclusion or teeth misalignment condition. It has the highest prevalence among oral pathologies, secondarily to dental caries and periodontal disease and thus stands third among worldwide public health dental disease priorities. The worldwide prevalence of Class I, Class II, and Class III malocclusions is around 74.7%, 19.56% and 5.93%, respectively. Hence, class I malocclusion is more prevalent than class II and class III. Also, the prevalence rate varies from country to country and among different ages and sex group. The frequency of malocclusion is found to vary in different countries, mainly in developing countries the incidence of malocclusion is higher than developed countries. The prevalence rate ranges from 88.1% in Colombia, 62.4% in Saudi Arabia, 20–35% in the US and 20–43% in India.

In developing countries such as India, there is a large variation in the prevalence of malocclusion, and it varies from 20% to 43%. This can be attributable to variations in ethnicity, nutritional status, religious beliefs, and dietary habits. Similarly, in China, the prevalence rate is approximately over 48% in males and 49% in females.

Growing Access to Orthodontic Services Worldwide

There has been an increasing demand for invisible orthodontics procedures both in adults and teenagers due to the growing awareness and understanding of tooth improvement. The increasing benefits of invisible orthodontics mainly to improve facial aesthetics driving the uptake of invisible orthodontics. Orthodontics includes both necessary care and elective care. Majority of patients, especially adults, view orthodontics primarily as cosmetic dentistry without understanding its health benefits. Such necessary and elective care presented by highly trained staff members is allowing people for a large access to invisible orthodontics. In 2017, the American Dental Association (ADA) estimated that approximately 10,658 orthodontists were practicing in the US, which is about 3.27 orthodontists per every 100,000 population. Also, there has been a rise of around 15% compared to 2001, in the number of professionally active orthodontists in the US.

Increase in Adoption of CAD/CAM Technology

Computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) scanning systems have been successfully introduced in the field of invisible orthodontics. Changing dynamics from traditional wire retainers and appliances to invisible orthodontic products such as clear aligners and lingual braces results in the increased use of CAD/CAM technology. The technology essentially allows professionals to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional models and their materialization by numerical controlled machines. By implementing CAD/CAM and 3-D technology, many key and emerging players are focusing on developing advanced and innovative orthodontics that is capable to align a variety of designs based on the type of material and size. For instance, Align Technology introduced Invisalign clear aligners using advanced 3-D printing and bio-compatible polyurethane resin.

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Align Technology, Danaher, 3M, Institut Straumann, and Dentsply Sirona are identified as prominent vendors in the invisible orthodontics industry.

The complete overview of the latest market research report on the invisible orthodontics industry by Arizton is now available.

The report offers a detailed study of major trends, drivers, challenges and provides market sizing and forecast for major geographical regions and key countries.

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