Did You Know? Dental Edition

Did you know KEP is the leading dental tubing manufacturer in natural rubber latex and a non-latex thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) alternative? This includes fluid suction hoses and orthodontia retainer bands manufactured in every color and to every specification.

You’re probably thinking that the dental industry hasn’t changed or evolved much in the last few decades—but it has! It has experienced a lot of growth and, believe it or not, the market is projected to exponentially increase over the next few years. This report, “Orthodontic Supplies Market by Removable & Fixed Braces,” studied the orthodontic supplies market over the forecast period of 2016 to 2021 and says it will reach $4.71B by 2021!

Of the patients needing orthodontic supplies, children and teenagers are expected to command the largest share of the global orthodontic supplies market, with the United States leading as the largest regional segment. A good portion of the segment can be attributed to more adolescent children and teenagers choosing to wear fixed braces.

Over the last few years the dental industry has seen an explosion in the amount of people requesting braces, both because of increased education about advanced orthodontic treatments and because people have more household disposable income. This increase can also be attributed to a higher focus placed on appearance from a younger age.

The dental marketplace is growing, and with this expansion has come increased opportunities for us to expand our product offerings in the dental industry.

We make tubing for two types of orthodontic elastics for fixed braces, a crucial part of orthodontic treatment. We manufacture the tubing used in elastic ligature “O” ties or “colors,” those fun colored bands that kids use to decorate their braces. We also manufacture the tubing used in Inter-Arch Elastics, the ones our kids usually complain about! These elastics are taken in and out at mealtimes and are very effective at pulling the upper and lower teeth into a proper fit, often causing the patient some pain and discomfort due to significant adjustments being made.

Kids across the country might have a love/hate relationship with our orthodontia retainer bands, but our dental marketplace customers are always satisfied! Whether there’s a need for an uncommon specification or customized delivery requests, we work with every company to ensure that the dental product, or whatever it is they require, is the best choice for their application. You can find our tubing helping make smiles straight across the country!

— Cindy Harry, Director of Strategic Alliances and Customer Relations


Orthodontic Supplies Market by Removable & Fixed Braces (Brackets (Self Ligating, Lingual, Metal, Ceramic, Aesthetic), Archwire (Nickel Titanium, Stainless Steel), Ligature (Elastomeric, Wire), Anchorage Appliances, Adhesives), Patient – Forecast to 2021 [Abstract]. (2016). MarketsandMarkets™ Research Private Ltd.

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