Intraoral Scanner Comparisons
INTRAORAL SCANNER COMPARISONS: ITERO ELEMENT 5D PLUS, CEREC PRIMESCAN, MEDIT I700, AND 3SHAPE TRIOS 4
ITERO ELEMENT 5D PLUS
The Element 5D Plus Series is the fifth generation of iTero’s Element intraoral scanners system. Users have the choice between a wheel-mounted cart or a mobile tablet version with the mobile configuration being a medical-grade, compact portable solution. Both options yield the same high-quality images. The head of the scanner bends at a 45-degree angle, meaning only one person is needed to perform the scan. There is a single button on the side to easily start and stop the scanning process. The Element 5D Plus is incredibly fast with each full arch scan efficiently completed in about 30 seconds. The scan results in life-like, accurate, and high-definition color images. The machine can also differentiate between the tongue, cheek, and tooth structures.
The speed is highly competitive, but the large size of the wand can affect maneuverability and comfort. At around 500 grams, the iTero Element 5D Plus is one of the heaviest intraoral scanners on the market. In addition, this scanner is very costly from around $56,100 - $71,100 USD (United States Dollars), depending on the chosen configuration. ITero also requires additional subscription fees and regular payments for its single-use scanning tips. Additionally, other downsides to the scanner are that there is no CAD integration or wireless options, and iTero its own uses unique terminology, which may make switching intraoral scanners difficult.
The software capabilities are impressive as it is the only scanner that can simultaneously record 3D, intraoral color, and near-infrared images (NIRI). The NIRI feature serves as caries detection technology. The scanner has built-in artificial intelligence (AI) that removes artifacts in the soft tissue while scanning. It also offers some unique features, such as adaptive anti-fogging technology and the Time-lapse system that allows historical visualization of tooth wear, tooth movement, and gingiva. This scanner is an optimal choice for an Invisalign-focused clinic because iTero is designed to be compatible with Align Technology’s Invisalign system.
PROS OF ITERO ELEMENT 5D PLUS
CONS OF ITERO ELEMENT 5D PLUS
The CEREC Primescan Intraoral Scanner is one of the fastest scanners on the market and one of the best for same-day dentistry. It was designed with chairside dentistry in mind from start to finish. It has the ability to scan at a remarkable density and speed, achieve photorealistic digital models, and deliver 3D images instantly. A full arch scan can be completed in under 45 seconds and results in accurate, high-definition color images. The machine processes more than 50,000 images and over 1,000,000 3D points per second. Artifacts are removed from the impression seamlessly during scanning while the software stitches images with ease. Additionally, the Primescan easily and accurately scans edentulous sites and arches. This may be owed to the large field of view on the scanner itself, which allows for excellent visibility and a full view of the dentition. The scanner also has a dynamic scan depth of up to 20mm, allowing accurate scans of deep margins, implants, and post areas. Another unique feature is that CEREC provides automatic design proposals for posterior crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and more.
The Primescan is very user-friendly and intuitive. The system features a touchscreen PC, mobile rolling cart, and a monolithic surface with touchpads on the cart. The scanner has built-in AI and a smile design feature, too. Users have the option of choosing between two configurations: Connect and CEREC. Both support single-visit dentistry, a CAD/CAM workflow, and flexible data export options. They also can choose between three types of scanning heads: stainless steel sleeve, disposable single-use sleeve, or autoclavable sleeve with a disposable scanning window.
The greatest downside to the CEREC Primescan is the cost. Dentists cannot buy the scanner alone and instead must purchase the entire system: scanner, computer, and cart. Prices range from about $40,000 - $80,000 USD, but to connect to a CEREC milling machine or furnace, it’s an additional $40,000 - $60,000. Moreover, the CEREC-Club subscription is not mandatory but is required for software updates.
Other downsides include the limited portability due to the rolling cart and the lack of USB and wireless capabilities. The size of the wand also greatly affects maneuverability and long-term use. The Primescan is one of the largest and heaviest scanners, weighing 457g or 524g–depending on what scanner sleeve is used. However, the large viewing window on the wand usually makes up for the overall size. There are other limitations to the software, too, such as not being able to export models to print, detect caries, or import scans from other IOS devices.
PROS OF CEREC PRIMESCAN
CONS OF CEREC PRIMESCAN
The Medit i700 Intraoral Scanner is an affordable option for those who are not seeking out CAD/CAM abilities. The scanner is competitively priced at $20,000 with no annual subscription fees except for cloud storage above one GB, which is priced at $1 per month for 10 TB. There are many apps that are included, such as the orthodontic simulator, smile design, crown fit checker, and model builder. Only the scanner is available, though, which means dentists must also invest in a display hub.
In combination with its speed and scan quality, this is one of the most desired scanners on the market. A full arch can easily be completed in 40 seconds and only requires a one to two-minute processing time per arch. With intelligent AI built into the software, it has the ability to capture anatomically accurate scans with color and shade matching. It has an accuracy of 10.9 microns. Also, 3D-in-motion video technology effectively captures video-based scans.
This intraoral scanner is highly user-friendly. At only 245 grams, it is one of the market's most lightweight and durable designs. The narrow tip is only 22.5 x 17.1mm. It is a USB scanner that can be used without a power cord attached. The wireless ability gives dentists the most flexibility and can even be used up to 10 meters away from the hub. However, the closer to the hub, the more accurate the scan is. It can also be used without an internet connection for 44 days. Moreover, there are both removable and autoclavable scanning head options, with the latter being able to be autoclaved up to 150 times. Four extra scanner tips are included with the initial purchase. The wand also has a built-in LED UV-C to assist in disinfecting. The mirror is set at a 45-degree angle and the head of the wand is reversible, allowing the operator to easily scan harder-to-reach areas without altering their grip.
The wand features three buttons: one to start and stop the scanning process, one to power on and off, and one for remote control. The remote control button enables checking and manipulating scan data without touching the keyboard. Some dentists have reported finding the three buttons confusing, complaining the remote control button is too close to the scanning.
One of the biggest drawbacks to the Medit i700 is that it lacks CAD/CAM software. Dentists interested in same-day dentistry will need third-party mills and software. Caries detection is also not available and scans cannot be accepted for Invisalign.
PROS OF MEDIT I700
CONS OF MEDIT I700
3SHAPE TRIOS 5 WIRELESS
The TRIOS 5 Wireless by 3shaped was recently introduced to the market. With over 50 new implementations, this is the fifth generation of TRIOS intraoral scanners. Weighing only 299 grams at 10.5 inches long, the size has been drastically decreased for maximum, comfort, maneuverability, and flexibility.
Moreover, as the name states, this scanner is completely wireless and is charged via batteries. Smart Power Management increases the battery life up to 66 minutes per battery–equivalent to approximately 33 patients a day, according to 3Shape. The charging time has also been increased, taking 60 minutes to achieve 80% battery power and less than 2 hours for 100%. The batteries feature LED indicators that show the battery’s charge level. When the scanner is not in use, sleep mode is automatically activated. In sleep mode, the battery can last up to 7 days. 3Shape includes three batteries and a charger with the purchase of the TRIOS 5 Wireless. One drawback, though, is that if the battery runs out, there is no way to use it until it is charged again. There is no cable or dummy battery.
Also, being that it’s wireless, the scanner is connected via the TP-link WiFi dongle that is included. It can also be connected via WiFi through TRIOS Share, a feature that allows the scanner to be moved from room to room and have access to any PC under the clinic WiFi.
There are two service agreement options: TRIOS Only and TRIOS Care. The TRIOS Only option is a free option where users can purchase the scanner, receive software updates, and have access to the 3Shape Community portal. On the other hand, TRIOS Care is a full-service package that includes focused onboarding, extensive training, and unlimited support for practitioners. This service is free for the first year, then $199 USD per month.
One of the biggest changes to the Trios line is that the latest model’s price has been drastically reduced to only $26,000 USD. While the scanner is compatible with any PC, 3Shape also offers a bundle deal with a Dell laptop.
Additionally, the TRIOS 5 Wireless comes factory-calibrated. Other unique features include the 360° LED ring, ScanAssist technology, and haptic feedback. The LED ring on the scanner indicates the state the scanner is in: ready to scan, warmed up, etc. ScanAssist allows the operator to scan in any direction, create their own scan pattern, and helps to minimize misalignment and distortion in 3D models and reduce stitching errors. Moreover, the haptic feedback feature makes the scanner vibrate when imaging is lost. The scanner also has caries detection with fluorescence scanning and Powerful CAD software abilities. Those who are interested in CAD/CAM should take advantage of the large range of CAD software 3Shape has developed. However, this software is not compatible with Invisalign. The 3Shape Unite collaborative platform is available for free with the purchase of a TRIOS 5 Wireless, and there are many patient engagement apps, such as patient monitoring, smile design, and orthodontic simulation.
The wand itself has two buttons: one to start and stop the scan, and the second for software navigation and scan analysis without having to touch the computer. Something else that is new is that the scanner comes with a base called the pod. Many of the new features are designed with hygiene in mind–including the pod that is joint and crack-free to help prevent sitting bacteria. The autoclavable scanner tip is protected by scratch-free sapphire glass and can withstand 100 cycles each. There is no option for single-use tips at the moment. Also included are disposable, single-use sleeves that seamlessly cover the scanner body and minimize the risk of cross-contamination.
PROS OF 3SHAPE TRIOS 5 WIRELESS
CONS OF 3SHAPE TRIOS 5 WIRELESS
How Can The Dental Lab Help?
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