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Dr. Thao Nguyen Vu – Orthodontist – Los Alamitos, CA

About Dr. Thao Nguyen Vu

Dr. Thao Nguyen Vu is a board-certified orthodontist at Beachwood Dental in Los Alamitos, CA, who specializes in craniofacial and dental surgery. She is dedicated to giving her patients exceptional, focused care and providing them with a straighter, more confident smile. Dr. Vu works alongside our team of trusted dentists to provide patients with the best braces options, including lingual braces, Invisalign, and traditional metal braces. Dr. Vu has an extensive, impressive educational background, recognized as top in her class and earning the Harry L. Dougherty Award for Clinical Excellence upon graduation from the University of Southern California. Dr. Vu loves helping children and adults achieve beautiful smiles that can improve their self-confidence and open doors professionally and socially.

Skills and Specialties

Dr. Vu is board-certified in orthodontics and is also educated in craniofacial biology as well. She specializes in presenting her Los Alamitos, CA patients with straighter, more healthy smiles, offering innovative procedures such as clear lingual braces, Invisalign, traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces, and retainers. Dr. Vu is an expert in helping patients regain the confidence they are lacking by helping them regain a healthier, straighter smile. Dr. Vu operates with precision and delivers high-focused care to all of her patients, both children and adults, to ensure that they leave with the best, most healthy smile possible. 

Education and Training

Dr. Vu attended the University of California Irvine on a Regent’s Scholarship, earning her Bachelors degree in biology and graduating cum laude. After completing her Undergraduate degree, she attended the elite University of California Los Angeles to receive her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. In order to fulfill her dream of becoming an orthodontist, Dr. Vu then attended the graduate orthodontics program at University of Southern California where she not only became certified in orthodontics, but she also received her Masters degree in craniofacial biology. Upon completion of the program, she was awarded the Harry L. Dougherty Award for Clinical Excellence. After completing the certification process and her graduate school career, she decided to take a set of clinical examinations, where she scored in the top 5% of examinees nationwide, allowing her to become board certified in orthodontics. 

Achievements and Affiliations

Dr. Vu was awarded the Harry L. Dougherty Award for Clinical Excellence upon graduating from her masters program. She was also recognized as placing in the top 5% in her clinical examinations nationwide to become board certified. She is proud to be a member of the following affiliations:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists


When Dr. Vu is not realigning her patient's smiles at Beachwood Dental, she enjoys the outdoors and staying active through swimming, tennis, snowboarding, and hiking. She also appreciates time relaxing with her friends and family and traveling around the world while trying new foods. 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.