A product roundup of some of the best intraoral scanners on the dental market today.
Intraoral scanners are now a mainstay in dental practices that wish to stay ahead of the curve. Displaying a patient’s mouth in high-definition imagery, these scanners allow for more accurate treatment procedures and better case acceptance. These ergonomically designed handpieces make it easy to see any issues or problem areas clearly. First developed in the 1980s, the intraoral scanner projects light onto a surface, processes the data, and creates an on-screen image. This is typically a robust color image of both teeth and gums.
The scanner offers an alternative to old-fashioned impressions that may be uncomfortable for patients. It easily expands digital workflow capabilities by incorporating intraoral scans into CAD/CAM and 3D printing workflows. Having these advanced digital dental workflows in the dental practice, clinicians can gain an edge over the competition and offer their patients more accurate, available-to-see treatment plans.
Here is a look at some of the intraoral scanners on the market now.
VivaScan from Ivoclar is a compact intraoral scanner that offers a flexible scanning experience with its slim, lightweight, and ergonomic design. Weighing only 230 g, the VivaScan fits flexibly into routine workflows, and the plug-and-play function allows the VivaScan to be used as a mobile system. The scanner needs only 1 cable to connect to a laptop, boosting its portability and eliminating the hassle of tangled cords and cables. It comes with 2 different-sized tips, and the innovative laser system delivers accurate results in a shorter amount of time. VivaScan also connects the practice to the Ivoclar Cloud, a user-friendly file sharing solution that clinicians use to optimize digital workflows.
The Planmeca Emerald™ S intraoral scanner is a 3-in-1 device that makes digital impressions, takes 2D snapshots, and detects caries with an interchangeable, radiation-free Cariosity™ tip. All this is included in a lightweight, easy-to-use unit. Clinicians will enjoy superior accuracy, hyperspeed image capture, quadrant or full-arch scanning, Shade Assist technology, and autoclavable antifog tips. Built on an open architecture system, Planmeca Emerald S integrates with existing equipment and other third-party systems. The Emerald S can be purchased by itself or as part of a complete CAD/CAM system. Planmeca offers this scanner as part of the Planmeca FIT® system, utilizing the new PlanMill® 35 milling unit, or as part of the Planmeca FIT Plus system, featuring a high-end PlanMill® 50 S chairside mill.
The Aadva IOS 100P is a small, easy-to-use intraoral scanning system in a compact laptop format. It features a lightweight (4.2 oz) and small (1-in width at tip × 0.5-in handpiece × 7-in length) handpiece when compared with other intraoral scanning systems. The small size facilitates easy, ergonomic handling during most intraoral scanning procedures, especially with children. The system also offers 4 digital workflow settings to address prosthodontic, orthodontic, and extraoral scanning requirements. The Aadva IOS 100P also includes an open file format, providing compatibility with third-party hardware or software when transferring files for processing at offsite locations. No calibration is needed between patient cases, resulting in reliable results for every scanning procedure.
The iTero Element® 5D Plus imaging system in its cart configuration is the latest generation of iTero Element scanners from Align Technology. It’s a powerhouse of capabilities, improving the practice and patient experience with state-of-the-art computing power, elegant design, and ergonomics. Detailed visualizations with wider viewing angles provide an unmatched patient experience. Powerful computing advancements enable a smoother and more intuitive scanning experience. iTero scans have been used in more than 10 million restorations, from crowns and bridges to implants and dentures. Near-infrared technology aids in diagnosis and monitoring of interproximal carious lesions above the gingiva. The iTero Element 5D Plus imaging system takes the patient experience and practice productivity to the next level.
The i700 Intraoral Scanner from Medit is a wireless wand boasting speed, accuracy, and lightness. It features a smooth, quick scanning experience backed by 60-Ghz wireless technology. A single battery supports all-day scanning, offering 1 hour of continuous scanning and up to 8 hours in standby mode. The camera on the i700 Intraoral Scanner captures up to 70 frames per second. It features a reversible tip and wider scanning area, allowing for easy, comfortable scanning at any angle. A remote control allows clinicians to check scan data and share them with their patients. The self-disinfecting UV-C LED keeps the unit clean. The unit comes with 3 batteries for everyday scanning.
Primescan® allows you to step into digital dentistry with an open and versatile approach. Primescan’s patented technology includes a smart pixel sensor and intelligent processing that scans 1.5 million 3D data points per second making it one of the most accurate intraoral scanners in digital dentistry. Primescan can scan the full jaw (upper, lower, and buccal) in less than 60 seconds, helping to reduce the length of appointments and provide a more comfortable experience for the patient. Primescan is compatible with all major lab software, which will enable you to enhance partnership with your preferred lab. Primescan is an excellent addition to your practice—designed to allow you and your patients to benefit from its speed, accuracy, and ease of use.
The NewTomIOS from Cefla is an intraoral scanner with a variety of features that are designed to optimize digital workflows in the dental practice. Because of its ergonomic design, NewTomIOS is a noninvasive and relatively easy-to-use 3D scanner that eliminates discomfort for patients. It contains 2 high-definition color cameras and an LED projector that combine for accuracy and case acceptance. NewTomIOS also has the added benefit of integrated connectivity to NNT, which is NewTom’s all-in-1 software solution for processing 3D impressions. Clinical and diagnostic workflows are made easier through its software, its ergonomic design, and its integrated connectivity.
Intraoral scanners are making dental practices across the country more efficient and accurate, saving chair time and enhancing patient comfort, all while improving laboratory workflows. The third-generation Shining 3D Aoralscan, available from Aurident, is an open-source intraoral scanner ideal for crown and bridge, implants, and orthodontics. The easy-to-use system generates realistic, color digital impressions. The Aoralscan 3 has an attractive price and comes with a 3-year warranty.