A clear aligner treatment usually lasts approximately 12 months. It depends upon the individual case needs, and of course, patient compliance, i.e., wearing the aligners as prescribed. This is a much different scenario when compared with metal braces where a treatment can take from 6 months to years.
Another important difference is again, the ability to remove the transparent aligners at any time to maintain good and optimal oral hygiene throughout the treatment period.
Four recent studies found that tested clear aligner groups had a shorter treatment duration than braces groups.
The study found that clear aligners had an advantage in the segmented movement of teeth and shortened treatment duration but were not as effective as braces in producing adequate occlusal contacts, controlling teeth torque, and retention 2. Ke Y, Zhu Y, Zhu M. A comparison of treatment effectiveness between clear aligner and fixed appliance therapies. BMC Oral Health. 2019 Jan 23;19(1):24. doi: 10.1186/s12903-018-0695-z. PMID: 30674307; PMCID: PMC6343314. .
According to the industry magazine, Dentistry Today, in a research study, “Clear Aligners Market to 2028 – Global Analysis and Forecast,” the teeth aligner market size was valued at US$ 2,695.07 million in 2021 and is projected to reach US$ 8,708.67 million by 2028. Market growth is expected at a CAGR of 15.9% over the next seven years — 2021-2028 5. Clear Aligners Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Type Polyurethane Plastic, Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG), and Poly-vinyl Chloride (PVC), Distribution Channels (Direct Sales, Laboratories, and Others), and Age (Adults and Teenagers). 2021 May. . It is also reported that 60-75% of the world’s population suffers from malocclusion.
The market for teeth aligners is clearly growing. Digital workflows powered by intraoral scanners like 3Shape TRIOS will help doctors take advantage of this growing market and provide their patients with the very in-demand treatment. Software like 3Shape Clear Aligner Studio and the 3Shape Unite platform, will make it easier than ever for practitioners to treat their patients with clear aligners.