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Hi Def, Tru Def: the 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner

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Have you seen that new commercial where the young girl says, “What’s a computer?” I remember saying that myself a few decades ago. Soon, computers as we know them today will be a thing of the past. That’s how fast things are changing. You just can’t get away with “Low Def” or low tech anymore. Everything from your car, to your TV, mobile phone, and computer, all come with cutting-edge technology. The truth is that with technological and digital advances visible and usable everywhere, from the grocery line to the assembly line, not having them front and center in the dental office may give the impression of being outdated or not truly professional.

Digital intraoral impression technology is one of the best things that ever happened to dentistry. And one company has definitely taken advantage of the mass production of components used in all the other amazing electronics available today to bring to dentistry the world’s first budget-friendly intraoral scanner that operates solely on a tablet.

The 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner is so intuitive it will have you scanning in an hour after opening the box. It is so compact it fits in your hand, as well as your patients’. The user-friendly interface and touch screen navigation makes it fast and easy to move between files and images as you explain conditions and demonstrate treatment options. The device has a detachable power cord, so you can carry it between operatories. It can be used on countertops, or with two universal mounting options—an adjustable arm and pole mount, or a floor stand mount—to reduce clutter.

Because it uses video rather than a laser to capture the anatomy of the oral cavity, the 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner has the smallest wand on the market. This makes it easier to use and more efficient, not to mention more comfortable for both clinicians and patients.

The difference between video scanning and laser scanning is that with a laser, the image being captured is generated from the laser beam being projected on tooth surfaces, which means the laser is always moving. With video scanning, the “pattern” is applied to the teeth with a light scanning spray. The advantage to that is the pattern is always fixed, it’s not a moving target. This provides more accurate details, which is the most important aspect of impression-taking if you want your restorations fit with minimal adjustments. The 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner is proven to be more consistently accurate than other leading intraoral scanners, with a 99.7% fit rate.

The 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner is a way to get into the intraoral scanning arena without breaking the bank. Giving your patients a window into understanding proposed treatment plans as well as a cutting-edge dental experience impresses upon them that they couldn’t get better care.

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