Steven N. Gardner President and Founder of OrthoSelect, LLC

Steven founded his first company shortly after graduating from high school: a venture fabricating high-quality plaster study models for local orthodontists in his hometown of Colorado Springs, CO. In 1998, while finishing his undergraduate degree, he accepted a position at Hi-Tech Orthodontics, where he later became their Director of Business Development.

After several years of successfully building up the Hi-Tech Orthodontics name, Steven struck out on his own in 2004 to start his second company, OrthoSelect, LLC. In 2009, Steven began transitioning OrthoSelect into a fully digital organization and soon after launched the company's initial development of DIBS: a simple software application designed to facilitate better bracket placement. Steven also began a four-year research and development project while developing the early versions of DIBS. His research explored the validity of using 3D printers in various orthodontic applications. This work resulted in dozens of hardware and software advancements that have helped OrthoSelect, and the DIBS platform, become a leader in digital orthodontic solutions today. The new release of DIBS AI incorporates artificial intelligence to make case setups and treatment planning even easier, faster and more effective than ever before.

To date, Steven has founded four successful companies, but his passion and time have always been with OrthoSelect. His OrthoSelect team today consists of 61 members—including 17 software developers. The company now averages over 8,000 orthodontic cases monthly, consisting of 3D-printed splints, DIBS, and of course high-quality digital study models.