3D Printed Clear Dental Aligners Market Anticipates US$ 332.7 Million by 2033

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This market is at the forefront of dental innovation, offering precision and clarity in orthodontic treatments.

As of 2022, the global 3D printed clear dental aligners market is predicted to be worth US$ 139.1 million, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.4% over the anticipated period. Polyurethane resin (PU), with a value share of over 36.1% in 2022, is expected to top the global market, according to a recent analysis by Future Market Insights.

Dental professionals can use 3D printing technology to create highly customized clear dental aligners that are tailored to the patient’s specific orthodontic needs. As a result, treatment outcomes can be more effective and efficient. Unlike traditional braces, which use visible wires and brackets, clear dental aligners are made of a transparent material that makes them almost invisible. As a result, they are popular among patients who prefer a more discreet orthodontic treatment option.

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more widely recognized worldwide as more people seek treatments to improve the appearance of their teeth. Customers are increasingly selecting orthodontic procedures that are less noticeable than traditional braces. Clear aligners are easier to remove and more distinct when eating, brushing, and flossing. Clear dental aligners provide precise and convenient options for teeth straightening, which is propelling market growth.

Digital workflows are becoming more common in dentistry, with several dental practices investing in digital scanning and imaging technology. These technologies are used to create extremely accurate 3D models of a patient’s teeth and jaw, which are then used to design and manufacture custom clear aligners.

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The market for 3D printed clear dental aligners is expanding into new geographic markets, including Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East. Rising demand for orthodontic treatments in these regions, as well as increased adoption of 3D printing technology by dental professionals, is driving this expansion.

In recent years, several companies have emerged that provide clear aligners directly to consumers, eliminating the need for an in-person consultation with a dental professional. These businesses typically use 3D printing technology to create the aligners, and they provide a more convenient and cost-effective alternative to traditional orthodontic treatments.

Key Takeaways:

  • Polyurethane Resin (PU) material is the leading segment material, and holds around 36.1% market value share in the global market in 2022, owing to rising demand for orthodontic treatments and increasing adoption of 3D printing technology, and growing demand for cosmetic dentistry.
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP) segment led the global market with a value share of around 37.8% by 2022, owing to its several advantages including improvement in treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction.
  • By end users, dental hospitals held a share of around 39.8% in 2022; because dental hospitals provide improved patient experience, cost-effectiveness, and faster lead time influenced by the adoption of 3D printing technology.
  • North America held a value share of around 40.1% in 2022, owing to technological advancement, cost-effectiveness, and growing consumer awareness in this region.

“Increasing adoption of 3D printing technology, rising prevalence of orthodontics treatments, growing demand for clear aligners owed to comfort and customization options, and reduced treatment time are propelling the 3D printed clear dental aligners market globally,”says an analyst of Future Market Insights.

Market Competition

Key players in the global 3D printed clear dental aligners market are actively seeking to strengthen their position through collaborations, as well as acquisitions, as key strategies to keep a foothold in the market. Acquisitions and collaborations greatly speed up a manufacturer’s chances of gaining a significant market share.

A few examples of strategies acquired by the key players:

  • In February 2022, Dentsply Sirona announced a collaboration with Google Cloud and the launch of a medical-grade 3D printing solution.
  • In November 2021, 3D Systems acquired Oqton, Inc. for US$ 188.2 Million, excluding customary closing adjustments.

Key Companies:

  • Abbott
  • 3D System Inc.
  • Align Technology, Inc.
  • ClearCorrect LLC (Straumann Group)
  • Dentsply Sirona
  • DynaFlex, FORESTADENT
  • Formlabs
  • Graphy Inc.
  • Prodways Group
  • SmileDirectClub
  • 3M

Key Segments:

Material:

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PET-G)
  • Polyurethane Resin (PU)
  • Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
  • Polycarbonate Resin
  • Others

Printing Technology:

  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP)
  • Material Jetting
  • Others

End User:

  • Dental Hospitals
  • Dental Offices and Oral Surgery Clinics
  • Dental Laboratories
  • Dental Group Practices

 

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