Remote dental care, or, “teledentistry” is getting more and more popular each day. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, at-home invisible aligners are now more popular than ever.
The invisible aligners market was valued at $2.2 billion USD in 2018, and it keeps getting higher.
According to the American Teledentistry Association, patients no longer feel the need to visit the dental office in general. This study concludes that it is relatively safe and comparable to dental exams performed in person.
The trend reportedly started in 2003 and is gaining in steady popularity since then. Researching symptoms online or contacting professionals via text or email seems to be preferable to an office visit for a diagnosis.
The ATA reports that:
- 70% of patients prefer to contact a professional, remotely
- 76% value access to care more than interaction with a healthcare provider,
- 30% check diagnostic information online, and
- 20% live in areas where access to direct care is difficult.
The increasing popularity of invisible aligners and huge consumer demand suggests an estimate of $8.2 billion market by 2026.
Schedule your no-obligation orthodontics consultation today in Monore, NY with Dr. Jacque Smiles to discuss your invisible aligner treatment.