Vote LumaDent Townie Awards 2024

July 5, 2024
Tyler Yee

What is DentalTown?

DentalTown is an online community and forum made exclusively for dental professionals. The website connects dentists from around the world, offering a platform for sharing knowledge, professional development, and networking. The forums provide resources to discuss clinical techniques and practice management with other professionals. DentalTown also offers a free magazine for members featuring the latest advancements in dental technology. Members can ask questions, share experiences, and offer advice, creating a supportive environment for continuous learning.

Each year, DentalTown hosts the prestigious Townie Choice Awards, recognizing excellence in categories like Loupes and Headlights. Voting for the awards this year opens on July 15th and lasts until September 6th.

LumaDent’s Origins with DentalTown

LumaDent has a proud and long-standing relationship with DentalTown. Our founder and CEO, Dr. Don Ton, has been a member of the forums since 2001. It was here that his professional dental journey experienced a major breakthrough, eventually leading him to create the company now known as LumaDent.

Dr. Ton’s passion for people was evident in some of the earliest posts on the forums. He quickly became well known in the online community for helping practice owners remodel their office spaces at a fraction of the typical cost. While many dental professionals were spending up to $60,000 on office renovations, Dr. Ton demonstrated how this could be achieved for as little as $5,000 using IKEA products. The advice given in his posts covered which cabinets to purchase, how to make the necessary cuts, and the entire installation process from start to finish. His practical and budget-friendly solutions resonated with many dentists eager to upgrade their practices without breaking the bank.

The before and after photos of Dr. Don Ton's office remodel that he did himself with IKEA products.

Dr. Ton's willingness to share his knowledge and learn from the community built his reputation. He took what he learned from his discussions and combined it with his passion for solving problems, to address the high costs of dental equipment. When his wife's headlamp broke, a replacement was priced at $1,200. As a dentist, she needed a more affordable solution not only for herself but also for her team. Dr. Ton used his electrical engineering background to design an affordable alternative. He created a new headlight using off-the-shelf components from his local Lowes. Dr. Ton then shared this experience with the DentalTown forum.

After posting his prototype headlight on DentalTown, Dr. Ton received an overwhelming response from dentists interested in his cost-effective solution. This experience, driven by his passion for people and problem-solving, sparked the creation of LumaDent, a company created to solve the market issue of overpriced headlights. The first official LumaDent sale was actually made by a DentalTown member from Vancouver, Canada. 

Dr. Ton founded LumaDent with the goal of answering the question, "How can this product be used in a clinical setting and how can this product improve clinical skill?" Under Dr. Ton’s leadership, LumaDent continues to thrive, always seeking innovative ways to serve dental professionals and uphold the values that started on DentalTown. With these values, Dr. Ton is dedicated to giving back to the DentalTown community, which played a crucial role in LumaDent’s early success and growth. Even today, LumaDent offers an exclusive discount for all DentalTown members.

Prototype of the UniLux battery that eventually would become the WaveLux battery that LumaDent sells today.

Townie Choice Awards

The Townie Choice Awards are a big deal in the dental industry, celebrating the best products and services as voted by the DentalTown community. These awards cover a wide range of categories, from dental equipment and technology to practice management solutions. Winning a Townie Choice Award is a mark of excellence and reliability, reflecting the endorsement of over a quarter million dental professionals. With so many options on the market, the awards make informed purchasing decisions easier.

LumaDent is proud to have received multiple consecutive Townie Choice Awards, highlighting our commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. From 2018 to 2023, our headlight won the prestigious Townie Choice Award for Best Headlight, recognized for its superior brightness, adjustable intensity, and ergonomic design that enhances visibility and comfort during procedures. 

At LumaDent, we're dedicated to perfecting our loupes, and our third-generation ErgoPrism loupes are our best yet. The third-generation offer exceptional clarity, lightweight design, and ergonomic benefits. We are striving to win the Townie Choice Award for Best Loupes, validating our commitment to creating top-notch, cost-effective solutions for dental professionals. Your vote can help us achieve this goal and continue pushing the boundaries of dental technology.

The Townie Choice Awards are more than just accolades; they represent the trust and satisfaction of the dental community. We are deeply grateful for the support from DentalTown and remain committed to delivering innovative, high-quality products that advance the field of dentistry. Thank you for helping us continue to set higher standards in the industry.

The first edition of the LumaDent ProLux battery sold to DentalTown members.

Vote for LumaDent!

If you are a member of the DentalTown community, your vote in the Townie Choice Awards is incredibly important. Even if you are not a member, you can easily join, and we would love for you to do so. LumaDent has always been committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective solutions for dental professionals. Our innovative headlights and ergonomic loupes, along with our dedication to customer satisfaction, set us apart in the dental field.

We are proud to have won the Townie Choice Award for Best Headlight six years in a row with our HL360 headlight, which is recognized for its superior brightness, adjustable intensity, and ergonomic design. We're aiming for our seventh win and also striving for the Best Loupes award. 

We have dedicated significant effort to redesigning and perfecting our loupes. Our third-generation design provides exceptional clarity, a lightweight build, and ergonomic benefits.

If you’ve benefited from our products, we kindly ask for your vote. Your support not only recognizes our efforts but also inspires us to keep innovating. Thank you for helping us continue to shine—vote for LumaDent in the Townie Choice Awards!

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