David Galler, DDS

Strive to be a leader in whatever area you choose, and be kind and helpful to your competitors. Always share knowledge.


Dr. David Galler DDS is a Long Island native who has gained national recognition for his creation of the Galler Spacing Technique, which is utilized by nearly 5,000 North American dentists and expected to be a featured part of dentistry textbooks for years to come. As a member of the elite Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and President of the American Academy of Clear Aligners, Dr. David Galler runs a national network of more than 900 dentists and has instructed countless others through both his Invisalign® study clubs and online orthodontics courses. While he has personally transformed hundreds of smiles between his Manhattan and Long Island offices and completed a total of two-thousand cases, he has also gained recognition as both an award-winning lecturer and the featured keynote speaker at the 2015 Invisalign® Summit. Though colleagues occasionally refer to Galler as the “Superhero dentist,” he sees himself as a low-key New Yorker who is happiest when he sees the results of his work in a patient’s new smile. David Galler is a proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Dentistry and currently resides in Long Island, New York. He is an avid scuba diver and New York sports fan who greatly enjoys his ability to view sports championship parades from his downtown office.

Where did the idea for your company come from?

We were looking to help dentists organize information about clear aligner technology and the related products from an impartial third party.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

I spend half the week seeing patients in Manhattan location and treating them with clear aligners. I spend the end of the week teaching seminars related to Invisalign and Adult Orthodontics.

How do you bring ideas to life?

Hard work and ambition. I am passionate about the field of clear aligner education and bringing beautiful smiles to my patient’s lives. I also always use WHITEBOARDS to sketch out ideas and thoughts.

What’s one trend that excites you?

I am excited about 3D printing. I think it could be the next big thing.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

I love to open people’s imaginations to do the impossible and to believe in their work.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Strive to be a leader in whatever area you choose, and be kind and helpful to your competitors. Always share knowledge.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

I believe the economy is currently very strong and the future outlook is positive for consumers and businesses.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Don’t be afraid to fail – keep learning and getting better. Try to establish personal relationships with your customers. It makes all the difference.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

I tried to leverage common experiences among dentists to create a safe ground where people were free to share their ideas and thoughts. This led to an explosion of interest and life

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

I thought dentists would go a website to post information and use it as a forum to talk. Turns out people don’t like to go to websites, or have no free time to hang out there. Email forums and social media and texting forums have been much much more valuable. People will use their phones hourly not their PCs.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

I am a big fan of Whatsapp. Excellent way to align your team, employees, and customers as well. Cost effective and easy to use.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

$100 for a local charity to support a customer’s 10K race as a sponsor. Built good rapport and happiness.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?

The aforementioned whatsapp is really key. Also, love to use ZOOM meetings. Very powerful and easy to host big live meetings with webcam and screen schare

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. If you are special, you need to find out right away.

What is your favorite quote?

“Work Smarter Not Harder”

Key learnings:

  • Dr. David Galler is a leader in the industry of Clear Aligner Technologies both as a practitioner and as a teacher.
  • Being passionate about your job is the key to long term success. Many people work but only a few people really love the work that they do.
  • Establishing personal relationships with your customers and peers will pay for itself long term with loyalty.
  • Being a strong leader means you need to admit mistakes.
  • People prefer electronic communication via phone not computer.