Are Clear Aligners More Popular Than Braces?

Clear aligners

The quest for a perfect smile has led to an evolution in orthodontic treatments. Traditional braces, with their metal brackets and wires, have been a staple for decades. But in recent years, a new contender has emerged on the scene – clear aligners. These transparent trays promise to straighten teeth discreetly and comfortably. The question that arises is: Are clear aligners more popular than braces on a global scale? Let’s delve into this orthodontic showdown.

What are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are essentially custom-made mouthpieces that fit tightly over the teeth. Firstly, intraoral scans and impression kit molds are taken to obtain a 3D model of the patient’s teeth which a dentist or orthodontist then uses to determine how they can correct the patient’s bite. Typically, clear plastic or acrylic materials are used to secure the teeth. When it comes to the benefits of clear aligners, they can be removed when eating, brushing, or flossing. In some cases, small transparent attachments are fitted onto the teeth by a dentist or orthodontist if it is required by the specific aligner for securement. 

Do Patients Prefer Clear Aligners over Braces?

Yes, patients do prefer the many advantages that come along with wearing clear aligners as opposed to braces. Clear aligners are aesthetically more appealing as they do not alter the patients’ appearance. Additionally, clear aligners can be easily removed which makes eating and cleaning teeth a lot easier for patients. On the other hand, traditional braces have brackets affixed to the teeth with cement, and archwires link them together. Because of this, wired braces make it harder to maintain oral cleanliness as plaque and tartar grow when bacteria feed in the crevices created by the braces. 

Are Clear Aligners or Braces more Popular in the Global Market?

Clear aligners are poised to become the prevailing choice for treating mild to moderate malocclusions in the near future, challenging the traditional braces market. However, it’s important to note that traditional bracket and wire orthodontic treatments still play a crucial role in addressing complex cases.

In various regions, clear aligners are expected to surpass traditional braces as the preferred option. This shift is anticipated to occur in North America, Asia Pacific (excluding China), Brazil, Western Europe, and Poland. On the other hand, in Russia, traditional braces are projected to maintain their dominance throughout the forecasted period.

In Summary

In conclusion, the clear aligner market stands as a prominent and rapidly expanding sector within the medical and dental industry. Following a remarkable resurgence in 2021, rebounding from the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the market experienced steady mid-single-digit growth in 2022. Excitingly, we anticipate a substantial acceleration in growth, with the market projected to surge at a robust double-digit rate from 2023 onward. This trajectory signals a promising future for both the industry and those seeking innovative orthodontic solutions.

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