How Much Does 3D Intraoral Scanning Cost?

Best Blog December 26, 2022

Are you looking to get started with intraoral scanning? If you’re new to the 3D dental scanning industry, we’d like to give you a brief overview of the different expenses involved in 3D scanning to help you evaluate the true cost of ownership. By familiarizing yourself with the various aspects involved in 3D scanning, you can be better prepared for the investment as well as avoid getting surprised by hidden costs! 

Hardware Costs
To get started, the most obvious investment would be the intraoral scanner itself. There is a wide variety of lab scanners in the market – ranging from high-end models to more affordable options, which means you should have no issues finding an intraoral scanner that meets your needs and fits your budget. 

Your next consideration with hardware costs includes your 3D imaging computer. Most scanners are compatible with either a cart-style or laptop computer for reconstruction and visualization. Your selection will impact the price you pay, but also the usability of your equipment – which comes down to personal preference and the configuration of your exam space.

Additionally, some scanners also come packaged with accessories that make 3D scanning easier, such as disposable sleeves or autoclavable tips. Before you buy, get an understanding of how the cost of these accessories will add up throughout the lifetime of owning your intraoral scanner.

Now that we’ve covered the hardware costs, we need to consider the cost of the accompanying software, commonly known as CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) software. Here, your cost varies depending on whether the software offers a perpetual license or operates on a per-use/subscription basis.

● Perpetual License – A perpetual license allows you to use the software indefinitely, and you only need to make a one-time payment upfront. However, you may need to pay a fee should you choose to upgrade to the latest version, although this is typically optional.

● Service Subscription/Maintenance-Based Program – A service subscription or maintenance-based program is typically more expensive than the perpetual license as it includes future upgrades. You need to renew annually in order to continue receiving support and the latest updates to the software.

● Cloud-based Subscription – A cloud-based subscription gives you access to the latest software for a monthly or annual subscription fee. The difference between this model and the previous two is that you do not own the software – which is why you only need to pay a subscription fee. There is no upfront cost as you are not purchasing the software.

Warranty and Training
After considering both the hardware and software costs, the next important question is – do you know how to operate the scanner and its accompanying software? You will need to invest in training for you and your team in order to properly operate the scanner and its accompanying software. Usually, this is a one-off training to learn the basic operation and functionality of the scanner. Additionally,there is an abundance of resources and community forums online should you need them.

Getting Started
Did you know you can save 30-50% off the price of an intraoral scanner when you purchase through Renew Digital? For over 10 years, doctors have known Renew Digital as the leader in certified pre-owned dental imaging. They carry the leading brands most requested by doctors so that they can bring you the best value for your practice.

Renew Digital is proud to be an authorized dealer of iTero Element® scanners. They proudly offer the iTero Element Flex Foundation CPO Intraoral Scanner, which includes a 3D-optimized laptop, Invisalign® workflow, and restorative platform, all with no recurring costs for 3 years. This means you’ll have no monthly fees on your software, subscription, and warranty. They offer this complete package, the iTero Element Flex scanner, laptop, and bundled warranty and integration teams all for just $15,995.

Renew Digital also has a limited inventory of unused, in the box, Medit i700 intraoral scanners. These latest generation Medit scanners are fast, accurate, and lightweight – and when you purchase from Renew Digital you can get this new scanner, with a laptop and 1 year of warranty included, all for $11,995. 

And, if you’re just getting started with Medit scanners – this brand is known for having no monthly subscription fee to use its powerful Medit Link software. This means, your upfront cost includes the software subscription you’ll need to use their scanners.

Get started today by reaching a dedicated sales rep from Renew Digital by calling (888) 246-5611 or completing an online form. 

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