When Ben Elchami, a leading dentist in New York City, met Kwabena Akyirem, a go-getter dental hygienist who goes by Koby, it was kismet. The two teamed up to build Manhattan’s latest and greatest grooming mecca, favorited by your favorite Instagram influencers and buzzy Manhattanites. On the corner of 26th Street in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, their innovative creation welcomes walk-in patients for on-the-fly teeth cleanings. Yes, Dntl is New York’s first walk-in dental bar.
Launched in January 2019, the space they’ve created is a minimalist’s haven of luxury, complete with custom-scented air (an identifiable but not too specific clean scent) to calm the nerves, swing-around flat-screen televisions so you can watch your favorite shows while your teeth are whitened, and bougie charcoal-infused dental floss that looks like something from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop lineup.
We asked Echami, Dntl’s chief dental officer, and Akyirem, the director of hygiene, to give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their business, knowing that their startup adventure is one for the books. Peep their responses below to our favorite founder questions, from how they’d pitch themselves on NBC’s Shark Tank to how they take their coffee.