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Midmark Chooses 3D-in-Motion Video Scanning Over Laser—Should You, Too?


Midmark Chooses 3D-in-Motion Video Scanning Over Laser—Should You, Too?

When you’re considering the right digital intraoral scanner for you, you’ll find no shortage of features to evaluate.

Regardless of the scanner you choose, you’ll likely save chair and lab time and significantly reduce your need for impression material.

But major differences exist between units. One of the largest differences is which type of scanning the unit uses to capture the image—3D-in-motion video scanning versus laser scanning. The Midmark True DefinitionTM Scanner , one of the most perennially popular scanners on the market today, uses video scanning. Midmark highlights three key areas where they have found that video scanning outperforms laser scanning.

1. 3D-in-Motion video scanning allows for a smaller design.

The electronic and optical components of a laser scanner wand give it its bulk. A video scanner wand doesn’t use these components, allowing for a more durable and compact design. The True Definition Scanner has the smallest wand currently available, similar to a handpiece, so it’s not only more comfortable for your patient during the image capture process, but it's also more comfortable for you to use throughout the day, patient after patient.

2. 3D-in-Motion video scanning can improve accuracy.

Video scanners use technology similar to motion capture in movies. Just like the dot grids applied to suits, faces and objects for motion capture, a light scanning spray creates a fixed pattern on the teeth for video scanning. The scanning wand then captures the impression as it moves over the teeth. This method allows dentists to create accurate images without having to perfectly position the wand or rely on patients to be still. This static pattern gives clinicians more consistently accurate results, according to Midmark research.

3. 3D-in-Motion video scanners are more affordable.

The True Definition Scanner leverages various common components found in today’s most advanced consumer electronics, such as cameras and mobile devices. This design keeps the price point of the scanner much more competitive. In fact, you may be able to get a more compact, more accurate unit for less money than you would spend on a laser model.

Learn more about how a Midmark True DefinitionTM Scanner can help you and your practice at

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