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Providing quality orthodontics to the Greater Seattle Area since 1967.

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Building Seattle Smiles

Love Your Smile

Nelson Orthodontics has changed over 7,500 lives as a Seattle orthodontist. If you wish to have a straight, beautiful smile, we have modern treatments and technology to achieve gorgeous results. Schedule a FREE consultation with us today!


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From early morning appointments to online payments, we do what it takes to make your orthodontic appointments convenient. You can manage your appointments and billing on our secure software. Click the button below to log in.


Modern Orthodontics

No smile is ever the same. That's why we offer a wide range of orthodontic services in Seattle to work within your needs. From Invisalign to self-ligating braces, we stay current with the latest technologies to provide you with the best care possible.


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.

Dr. Nelson received the Expertise Award in 2021 for Best Seattle Orthodontist.
Dr. Nelson received the Expertise Award in 2022 for Best Seattle Orthodontist.
Dr. Nelson received the Expertise Award in 2023 for Best Seattle Orthodontist.
Dr. Nelson was voted a Top Dentist in Seattle in 2019 by SeattleMet Magazine
Dr. Nelson was voted a Top Dentist in Seattle in 2020 by SeattleMet Magazine
Dr. Nelson was voted a Top Dentist in Seattle in 2021 by SeattleMet Magazine

Why Orthodontics?

Today's orthodontic treatments are simple, convenient, and affordable for patients of all ages.

Your orthodontic options:

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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.

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.

While orthodontics is an investment, it doesn't have to deter you away from getting the treatment needed to have a healthy, beautiful smile.

First of all, most dental insurance has orthodontic coverage to help make treatment more affordable. At Nelson Orthodontics, we do accept most insurance. On top of that, we offer flexible no-interest payment plans and family discount plans for those who qualify.

It gets better: Your initial exam and recall (monitoring) appointments are on us!

If you have any questions, call us at 206-784-5372 or email us at We're standing by and ready to answer any of your questions.

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 your child receives 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.

That's not true! Dr. Nelson has endured many years of continuing education and training to use all the best tools and techniques available for the Greater Seattle Area. That includes metal braces AND clear options.

At Nelson Orthodontics, we offer cutting-edge orthodontics. Ceramic (clear) braces and Invisalign® are some of the convenient options to help you smile faster and comfortably.

What is Invisalign®? It takes a fresh approach to straighten teeth by using a series of clear aligners explicitly crafted for you. These are aligners are smooth, comfortable, and can be removed for your convenience. By wearing these aligners 20-22 hours a day, it can comfortably move your teeth to the appropriate positions - no brackets, no wires.

Want to learn more about this orthodontic option? Visit our Invisalign® page.

Your Orthodontic Options:


Watch Our Helpful Videos

Brought to you by Ask Joe - Dr. Nelson's son!

Ask Joe is a series of orthodontic videos with tips and facts every patient and parent should know.


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, we are your preferred choice for an orthodontist in downtown Seattle .

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Two Convenient Seattle, WA Locations

We warmly welcome you at either of our Ballard or Magnolia locations.