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Albert Kim is VP of Sales & Marketing at SOTA Imaging. Dustin Johnson is Director of Engineering at SOTA Imaging.



  • This week, Dr. Glenn Vo and Jim sat down with Dustin Johnson, Director of Engineering at SOTA Imaging, and Albert Kim, SOTA’s VP of Sales & Marketing, to talk all about recent dental questions.
  • Albert and Dustin might be new to the group—but they’re quickly gaining a reputation. And rightfully so! These guys know all about sales, but their products and services almost make their jobs easy!
  • Fun fact: It’s a misconception that SOTA is a Japanese word; it actually stands for “State of the Art.” SOTA Imaging is an American-based company that’s run a few rodeos—they’ve been around for around 30 years!
  • SOTA has designed all sorts of optics for various industries—Medical, Aerospace, etc.—since 1993. About ten years ago, SOTA segued into dentistry.
  • With the production of SOTA’s proprietary cameras such as the Claris i310, one of the first USB intraoral cameras on the market, and the award-winning Claris i4D, SOTA has developed the technology—from optics to ergonomics—to provide dental practitioners with the most advanced intraoral camera to date: the Claris i5HD Intraoral Camera.
  • In this week’s episode, you’ll be hearing all about their all-new all-aluminum model: the Claris i5HD Intraoral Camera.
  • If you aren’t already familiar with the Claris i5HD Intraoral Camera, it’s a beaut with an adjustable focus that trumps its competition. There’s nothing cheap or plastic about it, with industrial-level technology that’ll last years and years.
    • In fact, the Claris camera can get you down to 2mm away from the surface of whatever you’re trying to take a picture of.
  • Another big highlight for this week’s episode was Dustin and Albert’s showcasing of SOTA Imaging’s fully-integrated Clio Digital X-Ray sensors: the Clio Prime and Clio Pedo sensors.
  • These puppies are produced in a foundry where they have to produce silicon wafers—they’re rare, with only so many in the world. And, to add a cherry on top, these sensors are upgraded versions of other high-end dental technology (such as the Dexis Platinum).
  • With such sophisticated technology, it should come as no surprise that both of these sensors are equipped with next-gen CMOS fiber optic technology with Csl Scintillators. This allows SOTA to provide dental practices far and wide with the largest active area plates in the industry.
  • Learn about:
    • The nuances of the all-new all-aluminum Claris i5HD Intraoral Camera and why—according to Dustin—it’s like comparing a Tesla to a Toyota Yaris.
      • Hint: both he and Dr. Glenn Vo agree that might be “too generous” of a reference…
        • So… What comparison did they settle on?
      • What’s the one simple trick you can use to improve your imaging quality, according to Dustin?
      • How might the Claris i5HD Intraoral Camera camera pay for itself?
      • How is SOTA different from other imaging software companies in the market?
      • What are some of the new features you’ve never seen before?
      • And more!
    • Glenn Vo wants to let you know that this camera is top-of-the-line for a middle-of-the-pack price. But you can count on a killer Nifty Thrifty deal to cut down this already-affordable price tag.
      • In fact, Albert said the SOTA team has arranged an “aggressively” good deal for the Nifty Thrifty community—but it’s a bit of a (popular) emergency: the deal only stands until the end of this year (December 31st, 2021)!




  • $2,000 off
  • FREE 5-year warranty with NO HIDDEN FEES!
  • FREE software if you buy the sensors and sign up for a program called SOTA Care (different from SOTA Cloud) that only costs $49 a month.
    • With a price like that, it’ll make up for itself within a matter of months!