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Experienced & Trusted Seattle Orthodontist

Providing exceptional quality orthodontics to the Greater Seattle area since 1967.

Meet the Man Behind the Smiles

Seattle Orthodontist Dr. Paul Nelson, who's family has been practicing dentistry for over 50 years!

Dr. Nelson received his B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University and his DDS from the University of Washington.

Following dental school, he completed a General Practice Residency at the V.A. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Nelson then completed graduate studies in orthodontics at the University of Washington, where he received his orthodontic certificate and master’s degree.

When not working, you can find Dr. Nelson spending time with his wife and four sons

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Dr. Nelson received the Expertise Award in 2017 for Best Seattle Orthodontist.
Dr. Nelson received the Expertise Award in 2018 for Best Seattle Orthodontist.

Your Orthodontic Options:

Why Orthodontics?

Today, orthodontic treatment is simple, convenient, and affordable for patients of all ages.

What are my options?

Icon of teeth illustrating traditional metal braces provided by your seattle orthodontist for straightening your smile.


Constructed from high-grade stainless steel, today's metal braces are lighter, more comfortable and more attractive than ever before.

Icon of a tooth with clear style braces, showing that ceramic braces from a Seattle orthodontist, are a translucent alternative to traditional braces.


Ceramic braces are made from a translucent material and are most popular among adults because of their almost invisible cosmetic appeal.

Icon of a tooth with a smiling face to illustrate the Herbst appliance from a Seattle orthodontist, is an alternative to traditional braces.


The Herbst appliance is used to treat overbites by encouraging the lower jaw to catch up in growth, while not hindering the jaw movement.

Icon of a smile with no visible braces illustrating Invisalign aligners from a Seattle orthodontist, as an alternative to traditional braces.


A series of clear aligners custom crafted by computer simulation gently guide misaligned teeth back into position. Invisalign in Seattle is available to adults and teens.

Individualized Attention from Your Seattle Orthodontist

Nelson Orthodontics offers individualized services to meet the unique needs of each person who walks through our doors. With two convenient locations in Ballard and Magnolia, Nelson Orthodontics is your preferred choice for a Seattle Orthodontist.

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That unbelievable smile just got a little closer.

Commonly Heard Myths About Orthodontics...

and the STRAIGHT facts about treatment.

Teeth can be moved at any age. Esthetic options such as clear braces and Invisalign can create the smile you’ve always wanted without putting your professional or personal life on hold. In our office, approximately 25% of our patients are adults.
Recent advances in orthodontic materials and methods have significantly reduced treatment duration. For many adults, orthodontic treatment can be completed in as little as six months.
In most situations, crowding increases over time. This is because teeth shift forward over time and most permanent teeth are wider than the primary teeth that are replaced. Typically by age 7 or 8 an accurate assessment of future crowding can be made. That is the age we recommend that a child be seen for an initial orthodontic evaluation.
When braces are first applied some slight discomfort can be expected as gentle forces begin to move the teeth. This can be easily managed with Advil if needed. After the first couple of days, the teeth adjust and the mild discomfort subsides.

Is Invisalign® Right for You?

Seattle Orthodontist Invisalign eBook Download

In our FREE eBook you will learn:

  • The importance of straight teeth apart from just having a great smile.
  • What is the FIRST thing people notice when meeting someone?
  • How long does Seattle Invisalign treatment usually last?
  • Whether you need to give up any foods during Invisalign treatment.
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Proudly Building Smiles for Seattle

We warmly invite you to call, email, or visit us at either of our Ballard or Magnolia locations.