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Winner of the 2023 “Favorite Dental AI Company” Nifty Award: Pearl

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We live in the digital age, and there’s no doubt about it. From chatbots to self-driving cars, sometimes all this wizardry makes me feel like we’re in an episode of The Twilight Zone. And, in this ever-evolving era, one company has set a new standard for integrating artificial intelligence (AI) in dental practices worldwide: Pearl, the recipient of the 2023 “Favorite Dental AI Company” Nifty Award.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike Buckner—the Executive Vice President of Revenue at Pearl—to delve into
his company’s big win. The excitement in Mike’s voice was palpable as he shared insights into the company’s journey and
the transformative impact of its AI technology on the dental community.

Pearl is redefining dental AI standards.

A great mix of folks from the Nifty thrifty community—dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, vendors, coaches, consultants, you name it—came together to give Pearl the nod for their award. They beat out some big names—Overjet, Denti.Ai, Bola AI, and so on—which left Mike feeling “glad and grateful that the community is so supportive.”

When we started talking business, Mike touched on the uniqueness of Pearl’s approach, highlighting the company’s dedication to understanding the needs of the entire dental team. Pearl is focused on crafting a product that aligns with dental professionals’ requirements for any role within a practice.

Their multi-faceted approach ensures that each dental team member—from dentists and hygienists to assistants and
administrative staff—benefits from a tailored and seamlessly integrated solution, ultimately enhancing the efficiency and
effectiveness of the entire practice.

What struck me most was Mike’s reflection on the journey of the Pearl leadership team. These folks aren’t newbies;
they’ve been around the block with many successful dental tech companies. But what makes Pearl different? For
them, it’s not just about bringing in the latest and greatest dental AI—it’s about setting new standards and changing
how we use it.

Is Pearl’s AI the future of dentistry?
Mike believes Pearl’s AI will become integral to every dental practice worldwide within three to five years. ”It’s going to become the new standard of care,” he told me.

And in a world where everyone tosses around the term “AI” like it’s confetti, Mike gave me the scoop on why Pearl has the real deal. Drawing parallels with the familiar smartphone AI technology, he made it simpler to understand. When you go into your phone’s photos and search for “Dog,” “Tree,” “Car,” or something random, your phone uses AI computer vision to
bring these items up instantly. With that comparison, Mike explained how Pearl’s AI utilizes computer vision similarly for
instant and accurate analysis of X-rays—no manual fuss, just top-notch AI that keeps improving.

As we delved into Pearl’s successful 2023, Mike shared the company’s strategic vision for the upcoming year. Picture this:
seamless workflows, native integrations with other software, and a laser focus on patient flow. Pearl wants AI to be like a
sidekick—always there, making things smoother.

Bringing AI into your dental practice can be a seamless integration, thanks to Pearl.

Mike had some comforting news for those on the fence about fully integrating dental AI into their practice: It doesn’t
need to be a headache. Trainers and customer service personnel who know the dental world and have hands-on experience will help ensure the transition is smooth and tailored to the industry’s unique demands. The platform’s intuitive design facilitates a quick understanding, with practices up and running in as little as 20 to 30 minutes.

In addressing concerns about the necessity of AI in dental practices, Mike touched upon the tangible benefits that Pearl brings to the table. The platform’s ability to identify undiagnosed treatments from previous X-rays and provide actionable insights for patient care significantly enhances the morning huddle. Even the skeptics will end up saying, “How did we survive without this!?”

Pearl’s Nifty Award is another stepping stone on the path to greatness.

As we wrapped up our conversation, Mike dropped a truth bomb: “If it makes you money, it costs you nothing.” When
incorporating dental AI into your practice—particularly with Pearl—the return on investment can be a game-changer,
offering practices the ability to uncover undiagnosed treatments and streamline their workflows for increased efficiency and profitability.

Pearl’s journey is not just about winning awards; it’s about reshaping the future of dentistry through innovative AI solutions. This Nifty Award is just another stepping stone for Pearl—a company that has not only earned its accolades but
is poised to redefine the very fabric of modern dentistry.

We live in the digital age, and there’s no doubt about it. From chatbots to self-driving cars, sometimes all this wizardry makes me feel like we’re in an episode of The Twilight Zone. And, in this ever-evolving era, one company has set a new standard for integrating artificial intelligence (AI) in dental practices worldwide: Pearl, the recipient of the 2023 “Favorite Dental AI Company” Nifty Award.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike Buckner—the Executive Vice President of Revenue at Pearl—to delve into
his company’s big win. The excitement in Mike’s voice was palpable as he shared insights into the company’s journey and
the transformative impact of its AI technology on the dental community.

Pearl is redefining dental AI standards.

A great mix of folks from the Nifty thrifty community—dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, vendors, coaches, consultants, you name it—came together to give Pearl the nod for their award. They beat out some big names—Overjet, Denti.Ai, Bola AI, and so on—which left Mike feeling “glad and grateful that the community is so supportive.”

When we started talking business, Mike touched on the uniqueness of Pearl’s approach, highlighting the company’s dedication to understanding the needs of the entire dental team. Pearl is focused on crafting a product that aligns with dental professionals’ requirements for any role within a practice.

Their multi-faceted approach ensures that each dental team member—from dentists and hygienists to assistants and
administrative staff—benefits from a tailored and seamlessly integrated solution, ultimately enhancing the efficiency and
effectiveness of the entire practice.

What struck me most was Mike’s reflection on the journey of the Pearl leadership team. These folks aren’t newbies;
they’ve been around the block with many successful dental tech companies. But what makes Pearl different? For
them, it’s not just about bringing in the latest and greatest dental AI—it’s about setting new standards and changing
how we use it.

Is Pearl’s AI the future of dentistry?
Mike believes Pearl’s AI will become integral to every dental practice worldwide within three to five years. ”It’s going to become the new standard of care,” he told me.

And in a world where everyone tosses around the term “AI” like it’s confetti, Mike gave me the scoop on why Pearl has the real deal. Drawing parallels with the familiar smartphone AI technology, he made it simpler to understand. When you go into your phone’s photos and search for “Dog,” “Tree,” “Car,” or something random, your phone uses AI computer vision to
bring these items up instantly. With that comparison, Mike explained how Pearl’s AI utilizes computer vision similarly for
instant and accurate analysis of X-rays—no manual fuss, just top-notch AI that keeps improving.

As we delved into Pearl’s successful 2023, Mike shared the company’s strategic vision for the upcoming year. Picture this:
seamless workflows, native integrations with other software, and a laser focus on patient flow. Pearl wants AI to be like a
sidekick—always there, making things smoother.

Bringing AI into your dental practice can be a seamless integration, thanks to Pearl.

Mike had some comforting news for those on the fence about fully integrating dental AI into their practice: It doesn’t
need to be a headache. Trainers and customer service personnel who know the dental world and have hands-on experience will help ensure the transition is smooth and tailored to the industry’s unique demands. The platform’s intuitive design facilitates a quick understanding, with practices up and running in as little as 20 to 30 minutes.

In addressing concerns about the necessity of AI in dental practices, Mike touched upon the tangible benefits that Pearl brings to the table. The platform’s ability to identify undiagnosed treatments from previous X-rays and provide actionable insights for patient care significantly enhances the morning huddle. Even the skeptics will end up saying, “How did we survive without this!?”

Pearl’s Nifty Award is another stepping stone on the path to greatness.

As we wrapped up our conversation, Mike dropped a truth bomb: “If it makes you money, it costs you nothing.” When
incorporating dental AI into your practice—particularly with Pearl—the return on investment can be a game-changer,
offering practices the ability to uncover undiagnosed treatments and streamline their workflows for increased efficiency and profitability.

Pearl’s journey is not just about winning awards; it’s about reshaping the future of dentistry through innovative AI solutions. This Nifty Award is just another stepping stone for Pearl—a company that has not only earned its accolades but
is poised to redefine the very fabric of modern dentistry.

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