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July 13, 2021

Carestream Dental has just launched its new flagship intraoral scanner - the CS 3800.

This new intraoral scanner is the third wireless scanner on the market, the first ones being the TRIOS 3, and  then the TRIOS 4. Is this a sign of a new market trend towards freedom from cables? 

The CS 3800 is one of the lightest and most compact scanners on the market. It is a USB scanner and at only 240 grams, this makes it ultra-lightweight. Lighter than even the Medit i700.

As with the other CS scanners, it is designed in collaboration with Studio F. A. Porsche. This slim, cordless design will likely make for an even more comfortable scanning experience when compared with the CS 3700.

Few details are known at this stage, but so far this is what we learnt about the new scanner:

  • Completely Wireless - battery life up to one hour of scanning
  • It can be plugged in using a back up cord if the battery runs out
  • The CS 3800 uses a dedicated point-to-point WiFi dongle
  • It uses motion controls within the scanner to enable moving digital models without touching the computer
  • At 240 grams it is 20% lighter than the previous generation CS 3700
  • 3 different scanning tip options of different sizes
  • Scanning tips can be autoclaved up to 110 times
  • The CS 3800’s field of view has been enlarged to 16 mm x 14 mm. This will make scanning smoother
  • It has an improved depth of field up to 21mm
  • CS ScanFlow software has seen many workflow improvements in the past years including a new edentulous scan mode
  • CS 3800 can be combined with the new Carestream Voyager trolley

Interesting times in the CAD/CAM market. This is the third new intraoral scanner announcement this year. 

We have reviewed the previous generation CS 3700 - click here to read the review.

For now, we will continue to update you with any new information about the CS 3800 and we will eventually carry out a full comprehensive review on this scanner with due time.

If you have any questions, leave them below. Thanks!

About the author 

Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny

Dr Ahmad is a global leader in digital dentistry and intraoral scanners, carrying out lectures as a KOL for many companies and industry. He is one of the few in the world who owns and has tested all mainstream scanners and CAD/CAM systems in his clinic. Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny is a full-time private dentist in New Zealand and the Director of The Institute of Digital Dentistry (iDD), a world-leading digital dentistry education provider. iDD offers live courses, masterclasses, and an online training platform, with a mission to ensure dentists globally have easy and affordable access to the best digital dentistry training possible.

  • Thank you for your thorough review! My principal dentist is not convinced about digital dentistry yet so im interested in purchasing a scanner ny myself for the clinic to use. I wasnt sure if the price point on this guy was available yet, do you know?
    Also as you understand both, would you lean towards this or the Medit if you were just looking for a scanner and not a milling unit?

    • My pleasure Ilana. The price point is not yet released on the CS 3800. I expect around the 30k USD mark. We will update this information as soon as we find out.

      Because I have not yet used the CS 3800 (we will soon), I will hold my judgements on it. I will say that Medit i700 is one of the best low-cost scanner options available and all other companies have stiff competition.

      We expect to review this new scanner within 2-3 months. Stay tuned.

          • Thanks for the comment, Jay.

            I can’t do a review without getting my hands on the scanner. The company is taking its time.

            As soon as I get it you can expect to see the review, I am waiting just like you are.

          • Thanks for the great reviews! Just checking in to see if you got a CS 3800 yet? Looking forward to the review and comparison with the Medit i700, etc. Thank you.

          • My pleasure Jesse!

            I have been trying to get one into the clinic since September with no luck. Not sure if they don’t want me to review it, haha!

            As soon as I get the scanner you can expect a review and I will announce it.

            Keep an eye out.

  • Hi! Im deciding which intraoral scanner to buy between trios 3 and carestream 3800. Most of my work. is doing crowns, onlays, implants, etc. Which one would you recommend if I have a similar deal with both of them? Thanks love the reviews!

    • Hey Fernanda!

      Thanks for your kind words – we love writing them.

      Regarding the decision between CS3800 or TRIOS 3. Both are great scanners, it comes down to software.

      It depends which TRIOS 3 you are talking about – TRIOS 3 Basic (no engagement apps) or TRIOS 3 (standard).

      3Shape has a few advantages over the CS Dental scanners – they offer more ‘excitement applications’. Smile design, a simple ortho simulator, etc. Additionally, their new Unite Platform provides even more apps.

      In some regions, TRIOS 3 is also accepted for Invisalign, whereas CS 3800 is not. What’s more, is that 3Shape offers an entire CAD suite if you are interested in getting into that in the future.

      Currently, the CS 3800 is a good alternative option for those who want a more affordable wireless scanner or have some brand loyalty for Carestream Dental Products.

      We will be reviewing the CS 3800 soon 🙂

      Hope that helps.

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