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Winner of Nifty Awards 2023 “Favorite Loupe/Headlight” – Lumadent

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The world of dentistry is a hotbed of innovation, where pioneering minds continuously push boundaries and explore new frontiers in technologies, strategies, and more. That’s exactly why I started hosting the Nifty Awards, where inspiring dental entrepreneurs can get the spotlight they deserve.

Amongst our trailblazers, Dr. Don Ton, Founder and CEO of Lumadent, is a true luminary (sorry, I just can’t help but get
punny)—and that’s precisely why his company was voted for the 2023 “Favorite Loupe/Headlight” Nifty Award.

Shedding light on Don’s vision:

The genesis of Lumadent. Don’s journey to entrepreneurship was one marked by determination and resilience. 
A Vietnamese immigrant who dropped out of high school in Vietnam to pursue education in the United States, he embarked on a path that led him from community college to UCLA for engineering and eventually to dental school at USC.

After graduating from dental school and hitting the real world, Don’s entrepreneurial spirit started to shine (I’m just
on a roll with these puns!) when his wife—also a dentist— expressed a need for better lighting in her dental office.
Together, they attended a dental conference to browse the market, only to be met with exorbitant prices for lighting
solutions. This experience catalyzed Lumadent’s inception—a company dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality
lighting solutions for dental professionals.

Lumadent’s loupes and headlights are shaping a pain-free future for dental professionals.
Any dentist, hygienist, or dental assistant will be the first to tell you that they strain their neck, back, and shoulders on a daily basis. Meticulously delving into every nook and cranny of our patient’s mouths will take its toll—a constant balancing
act between their comfort and yours. And that’s precisely why Don created Lumadent’s loupes and headlights—enabling dentists to maintain a natural and upright posture while they get a good view.

Dentistry demands precision, but this shouldn’t come at the cost of your health—bending over backward for our patients is just a figure of speech, after all. For Don, the primary motivation for Lumadent’s technology was clear from the start—to address the problem of neck pain and discomfort experienced by dental professionals. The ErgoPrism loupes,
for instance, enable dentists to maintain a natural, upright posture—enhancing both comfort and precision. Similarly, the
Ergo Air loupes offer a lightweight design that prioritizes comfort and peripheral vision without compromising clarity.

But the journey from concept to market can be a lengthy one: It’s taken Lumadent’s team more than three years to develop their latest and greatest technology—with much of their adaptations coming directly from the feedback of dental
professionals. For Don, all of the hard work and effort has paid off. Seeing the positive impact of his work on the lives
of his customers is one of the most fulfilling aspects of being an entrepreneur.

Don’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Learning is a cornerstone of success in entrepreneurship, and Don believes that failure can be a greater teacher than
success. In his eyes, learning from one’s mistakes and shortcomings is a critical part of the entrepreneurial journey.

He advises new entrepreneurs to embrace the vast resources available to them. “Go out and read, learn,” he emphasizes. In the age of information, there are countless ways to acquire knowledge. From books and online resources to mentorship and peer groups, entrepreneurs offer many options to expand their understanding of their chosen industry and the art of doing business.

One standout trait of Don’s success is his unwavering determination. He asserts that, aside from passion, an entrepreneur
must have the “will to see things through.” A strong will is vital in the face of obstacles and setbacks. It’s about envisioning
the final product and being relentless in your pursuit.

Lumadent is a beacon of light in the dental industry—quite literally.
With Lumadent’s unwavering dedication to innovation and providing affordable solutions to the dental field, they truly
deserve this award. And Don, at the helm, embodies the entrepreneurial spirit at its best. His story demonstrates that—like the Lumadent products that brighten dental offices—the entrepreneurial journey can be illuminated by passion
and commitment to making a difference.

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