The introduction of novel technologies and the rising prevalence of teeth malocclusions are driving the global orthodontics market growth

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According to the deep-dive market assessment study by Growth+ Reports, the global orthodontics market was valued at ~US$ 5.1 billion in 2021. The global orthodontics market is expected to witness a CAGR of ~16.30% from 2022 to 2030.  

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry to treat malocclusion and facial and jaw irregularities. Improper tooth and jaw arch alignment impair coherent speech, chewing, and biting abilities. When the teeth do not meet adequately, the jaw muscles are strained, causing jaw and joint problems and headaches. Orthodontic treatment can help bite correction while also reducing muscular strain. Numerous orthodontic treatment options are available today, including retainers, clear aligners, invisible, metal, ceramic, and micro braces.

The global orthodontics market is driven by increasing cases of malocclusion. One of the most common dental problems is malocclusion, where the teeth do not align with each other, and teeth spacing and overcrowded teeth are seen. Malocclusion occurs in childhood due to congenital disabilities such as cleft lip and palate and habits such as prolonged bottle use, tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, and pacifier use after age three. Braces and removal aligners are the most used to treat malocclusion correction.

Technological advancements are also fueling the global orthodontics market. In orthodontics practice, the new technology adoption rate is very high. Invisalign was the first invisible and removable aligner for the treatment of malocclusion. It is an optional and better solution than braces and surgical producers. The high correction rate of the aligner, fewer complications, ease of removal, less pain, and clear appearance increased the demand for aligners in the market. Also, the introduction of new braces, such as lingual braces and ceramic braces, contribute to the growth of the global orthodontics market. Ceramic braces are unnoticeable, less expensive, and require less time for alignment treatment.
The global orthodontics market has been divided based on end-users into hospitals, dental clinics, and others. The dental clinic segment dominates the global orthodontics market due to increased patient traffic for dental treatment and diagnosis. An increasing number of dental clinics and orthodontists and the incorporation of technological advancements such as the X-Guide 3D navigation system and CAD/CAM technology for oral dental scans also drive market growth.

The introduction of Computer-aided Design (CAD) and Computer-aided Manufacturing (CAM) in dentistry is significant support to dentists to minimize micro errors and improve patient safety. CAD/CAM technology aids orthodontists in better diagnosis and treatment, and artificial intelligence aids in simulating the treatment outcomes. In restorative dentistry, CAD/CAM saves the doctor and the patient’s time. CAD/CAM technology does not require physical impressions, which eliminates the possibility of impression shrinkage, resulting in fewer adjustments and less seating time. Furthermore, it eliminates the need for repeated impressions. CAD/CAM technology allows rescanning if there is a blank space in the picture, giving the flexibility to rescan the specific area or the entire tooth as needed.

However, limited or no reimbursement policies, expensive surgical procedures, costly aligners, and a high risk of post-treatment complications are hindering the growth of the global orthodontics market. Orthodontic treatment costs between US$ 3,000 and US$ 6,000, which makes it an expensive process. Aligners or traditional metal braces are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance agencies, as orthodontic treatments are classified as cosmetic procedures. Furthermore, neither Medicare Parts A nor B covers routine dental care. The only exception considered is the restorative, orthodontic procedure to correct a problem caused by an accident or disease. 

North America leads the global orthodontics market, followed by the Asia Pacific. The large share of North America in the global market can be attributed to the high disposable income and high adoption of novel products. Additionally, rising preference for aesthetic enhancement or correction, heightened awareness due to social media proliferation, fad culture, advanced healthcare system, and developed infrastructure contribute to North America's global orthodontics market. 

Some prominent players operating in the global orthodontics market are 3M Company, Align Technology, Inc., American Orthodontics, DB Orthodontics Limited, Dentsply Sirona Inc, Great Lakes Dental Technologies, Henry Schein, Inc., Institut Straumann AG, Ormco Corporation and Morelli Orthodontia among others.

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