It All Starts With A Great Smile

Nelson Orthodontics is proud to be your Seattle orthodontists since 1967.

Why Choose Nelson Orthodontics?

Our Offices

  • Two convenient Seattle locations in Ballard (Crown Hill) and the Magnolia Village
  • Open bay clinic with family seating available at every chair
  • Contests to motivate and add fun to your treatment
  • Free wifi at both offices


  • No charge for initial examination and recall (monitoring) appointments
  • "All-inclusive" fees (no hidden charges for records, x-rays, retainers etc.)
  • Most insurance plans are accepted
  • Flexible no-interest payment plans for qualified patients
  • Family plans (discounts) available


  • Computerized diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Digital x-rays for better results and less radiation
  • 3D scanners at both offices
  • Modern treatment techniques

Incredible Results

  • Over 7,500 happy, satisfied patients
  • We have provided orthodontic treatment on 33 dentists, or their family members

Great Doctor

  • Graduate of the University of Washington dental and orthodontic schools
  • Completed optional general practice residency following dental school
  • 21 years of experience
  • Leader in his profession: President of the University Orthodontic Alumni Association, Director of Cascades Study Club.
  • Father of four, he'll be great with your kids too!

Amazing Staff

  • Over 50 years combined experience
  • Emphasis on continued education with regular training sessions
  • Friendly, fun, and upbeat team atmosphere


Early Bird Appointments

We know your schedule is hectic enough without having to take extra time away from other important things.

That's why we offer appointments as early as 7:10 AM so you can come before school or work. You can start your day with us and be on your way!


Two Locations

Nelson Orthodontics serves patients from offices in Ballard and Magnolia. To find our exact locations, click on the links below.

Ballard Office
7556 15th Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Phone: (206) 784-5372

Magnolia Office
3203 W. McGraw St.
Seattle, WA 98199
Phone: (206) 284-0059


Information Highway

To make it as convenient as possible for you to manage appointments and billing, we have a web-based system that allows you to access your account information 24-hours a day. Check appointments and pay bills whenever it fits your schedule. You also decide how you’d like to receive appointment reminders: via text, phone or email—whichever works best for you.

By providing Internet access in our waiting room, we also put information at your fingertips while you’re at our offices.



A young patient has Digital X-Rays taken at Nelson Orthodontics in Seattle.

Digital X-Rays

We offer the latest in digital radiography, otherwise known as X-rays. Not only are they friendlier for the environment, but they also reduce radiation exposure by up to 90% compared to traditional x-rays.

A closeup of teeth with Invisalign custom trays being put on them.

Cutting-Edge Orthodontics

We use cutting-edge orthodontic techniques and materials including self-ligating braces, ceramic (clear) braces, retainers, clear aligners like Invisalign, and memory wires. We are committed to staying current with advances in orthodontics by attending meetings and having regular in-office training so that we can provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care possible.



The same core principles have guided Nelson Orthodontics since Dr. James Nelson opened the doors in 1967. We have always strived to provide quality care in a fun, efficient environment and be an active member of the communities we serve.

From our commitment to continuing education to our involvement in the Ballard and Magnolia communities, we have stayed true to our unique way of serving patients and are proud to be your Seattle orthodontists for almost 50 years now.

A collage of images showcasing Nelson Orthodontics office, staff, and patients.

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