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The Global Digital Impression Standalone Scanners Market, By Technology (Confocal Microscopic Imaging and Optical Wand Technology) and by Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is expected to be valued at US$ 461.0 Million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 15.7% during the forecast period (2020-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.


Digital impression is a novel technology used to create a 3D replica of hard and soft tissues in the mouth for dental treatments. Over the years, the use of digital impression standalone scanners has increased significantly worldwide for oral surgeries and dental replacements. Digital impression is an easier process for patients and reduces their number of visits for the same purpose. This encourages dentists to install digital impression standalone scanners. Furthermore, digital impression is a highly accurate method and delivers dental restoration treatment with minimum errors.

The global Digital Impression Standalone Scanners Market was accounted for US$ 152.4 Mn in terms of value in 2019 and is expected to grow at CAGR of 15.7% for the period 2020-2027.

Market Drivers

Decreasing cost and availability of lightweight handy tools is expected to boost the global digital impression standalone scanners market during the forecast period

Elastomeric impression requires an impression tray, tray adhesive, alginate, elastomeric impression materials, impression material disinfection, and occlusal registration material. Furthermore, materials require a certain time to set, and the process results in toxic fumes. An elastomeric impression costs around US$ 40 per full arch, while digital scanning costs less for dentists due to less material usage. Moreover, technological advancements in the market have led to the introduction of low cost and convenient devices, which in turn, is expected to accelerate growth of the global digital impression standalone scanners market over the forecast period.

Digital Impression Standalone Scanners Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic have affected on the dispensing power of the people around the globe. According to the International Monetary fund data published in 2020, the global economy is expected to shrink down by 3% percent in the year 2020 compared to year 2019. Due to the reduction in the size of global economy the spending or purchasing power of people also decreases. Owing to the reduced spending power, people are also postponing their elective dental treatments. The Digital Impression standalone scanners are widely used in the Dental industry, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic the demand of the Digital Impression standalone scanners are expected to reduce during the year 2020-2021.

Market Opportunity

Research and development activities among major market players can provide business opportunities

Key players in the market are focused on research and development activities, in order to enhance the market presence. For instance, in March 2014, 3M ESPE launched a new software update, Version 4.2, for True Definition Scanner. Furthermore, in May 2013, 3Shape A/S launched TRIOS color digital impression scanner. The scanner offers color scanning solutions. In January 2013, 3Shape A/S introduced the TRIOS Ortho solution. TRIOS’ Ortho solution is a combination of TRIOS digital impression scanner and Ortho Analyzer software used for orthodontic treatment.

Market Restraint 

Significant cost of scanners is expected to hinder the global digital impression standalone scanners market growth over the forecast period

Despite numerous advantages offered by major market players, the scanners are expected to witness slow adoption in the near future. This is owing to the high cost of impression scanner. Furthermore, rising competition among manufacturers is affecting the cost-sensitivity of the consumer base. It is analyzed those impression materials will never be completely eradicated from dental clinics. Dental clinics will retain impression materials as an alternative to the digital method in case of electronic failure. Hence, these factors are expected to hinder the global digital impression standalone scanners market growth in the near future.

Market Trends

  1. Impression scanners based on open software architecture

Digital workflow integration of the process for smooth dental treatment is surging significantly with advancements in CAD/CAM systems. This workflow includes intraoral scanning and transmission of digital scanned data to dental and orthodontics laboratories for the further design process. Intraoral scanners form the most important part of the digital workflow as it forms the direct link between dentists and laboratories. For instance, in January 2014, 3M ESPE and Align Technology, Inc. collaborated to provide a digital workflow for dental treatment.

  1. Partnership and collaboration among market players

Major market players are focused on partnerships and collaborations, in order to enhance the market presence. For instance, in October 2012, 3M ESPE partnered with Henry Schein Inc. for supplying its products globally. In March 2013, 3Shape A/S partnered with Nobel Biocare Holding AG. Under the agreement, 3Shape A/S integrated its scanner to the CAD/CAM systems of Nobel Biocare Holding AG. Moreover, in January 2014, 3M ESPE collaborated with Align Technology Inc., wherein the True Definition Scanner offered by 3M ESPE will be used with Invisalign aligner treatment, developed by Align Technology Inc., to provide digital impression images to dental laboratories.

Competitive Section

Key players operating in the global digital impression standalone scanners market are Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., Hint-Els GmbH, 3M ESPE (3M Company), Carestream Health, Inc., 3Shape A/S, Ormco Corporation (Dimensional Photonics International, Inc.), Align Technology, Inc. Planmeca Oy, Glidewell Laboratories (IOS Technologies, Inc.), and Densys3D Ltd.


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