December 23, 2020


The iDD Intraoral Scanner Awards celebrate the dental industry's finest tech companies and rewards innovative and exceptional application of intraoral scanner technology to transform and grow digital dentistry.

The awards feature a variety of categories celebrating industry, applications and transformation through technology. iDD are proud recognize the following companies and intraoral scanners for outstanding creative and technical achievement in 2020.

See a full list of winners below.

Intraoral Scanner of the Year 

Recognizing the intraoral scanner that delivers the absolute best experience across all fields irrespective of cost.

TRIOS4 – 3Shape
i500 Medit
Element 5D – iTero

Winner - primescan trans (1)

Best Low Cost Option

Awarded to the Intraoral Scanner that offers the most features and scanning efficacy relative to its cost. 

i500 – Medit (WINNER)
TRIOS 3 Basic 3Shape

Aoralscan – Shining 3D
3DS Scanner Runyes

Winner Medit i500

Best In-House Workflow 

Awarded for the best chairside workflow, efficiency and design. 

TRIOS4 – 3Shape
Element 5D – iTero

Emerald S – Planmeca  

Winner - primescan trans (1)

Most Innovative Company   

For outstanding creative vision and innovation in scanner and software applications.

3Shape (Winner)
Dentsply Sirona

Winner - 3shape 1

Most Improved Intraoral Scanner  

Awarded to the intraoral scanner for outstanding development of software updates and features overtime.

i500 – Medit (WINNER)
TRIOS 4 3Shape

CS 3700 Carestream Dental 
CEREC Primescan – Dentsply Sirona

Winner - medit scanner trans 2

Product Design and Quality Award

Recognizing an intraoral scanner that is aesthetically appealing, functional, innovative and has outstanding design quality.

Primescan  Dentsply Sirona

Element 5D  iTero
CS 3700  Carestream Dental

Winner - trios move 2

Best Community Support

Recognizing an intraoral scanner company for outstanding community support and transparency, inclusive of social media activity.

Medit (WINNER)

Carestream Dental
Dentsply Sirona

The People's Choice Award

Vote for your favorite scanner this year below 

Voting closed. Over 2000 votes collected... the people have spoken

Medit i500 (WINNER) - 51.16% of votes
CEREC Primescan - 17.98%

3Shape TRIOS 4 - 11.51%
iTero Element 5D - 4.44%

Winner - medit scanner trans 2
Intraoral Scanner Awards Poll Results

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.

  • I have a Dentsply cerec system that is 10 years old. I am looking to upgrade. What do you think are my best options? I am interested in also scanning for removable prosthodontics. I work with clear correct too.What are your thoughts on a cordless scanner? Also, I want to able to use a stronger block than lithium disilicate. And lastly, I have also seen where a screen is placed on a cart with the scanner. What do you think about that. Thank you

    • Hey Ana,

      If you enjoy the CEREC workflow and doing same-day dentistry, I would recommend getting a Primescan system.

      If you do not have interest in same-day dentistry or do not do it anyway, you have many options these days depending on your budget and needs.

      TRIOS3 are Medit i700 capable scanners in the ~20k bracket

      Medit i600, Aoralscan 3 etc are even more economical.

      Wireless scanners are great. Currently its only 3 companies – TRIOS, Carestream Dental and Medit that make them.

      It’s not the sole reason I would buy a scanner, but it’s a nice option.

      Stronger than lithium disilicate? My question would be why? are you having issues? Regardless, the next option would be zirconia.

      I am a fan of cart scanners for tidiness and ease of use.

      I hope that helps 🙂

    • Hey Dr. Lester.

      Basically, every scanner is ‘compatible’ with any lab these days. They are all open systems that enable the export of STL.

      In regards to best value, I would say my top picks are Aoralscan 3, Helios 600, Medit i600 or TRIOS 3.

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