40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Bar Nguyen

  • Spring, Texas
  • Specialty

Age:

36

Name of Practice:

Adventure Orthodontics

Specialty:

Orthodontics

Education:

University of Texas Health San Antonio School of Dentistry


Why They Were Nominated

Dr. Nguyen is one of a few Digital Smile Design (DSD) orthodontists plying their trade. He’s known for treating complex adult cases. He’s also passionate about airway health in both children and adults, using Invisalign, expanders and braces to achieve airway expansion with or without surgery. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the Houston native helped raise money, matched donations and volunteered at local shelters.

Why They Became a Dentist

“As an orthodontist I can change people’s lives.”

Biggest Challenge

Taking over a 40-year-old practice. “It has taught me so much—you never learn from successes, only failures.”

Tool They Can’t Live Without

“My hands. With clear aligners, you can now straighten teeth with no brackets, wires or instruments, but I still need my hands.”

Most Memorable Patient

“A boy with extreme crossbite, open bite and crowdings. We improved his jaws, bite and teeth. He could breathe through his nose, his airway improved, he could eat properly and his smile is beautiful.”

Sage Advice

“Be a better version of yourself.”

Something People Don’t Know

“I traveled the world with my wife for six months: We bought one-way tickets to Australia and made our way across the globe one destination at a time.”