Ballard Orthodontics
Shafeena Chatur, DDS:
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Ballard Orthodontics
Shafeena Chatur, DDS (Orthodontist)

Seattle, WA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:


Clear aligners


Comprehensive orthodontics

Space maintainers

Palatal expanders


Interceptive orthodontics


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Tuesday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Friday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Sonya O. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I came to Dr Chatur from a friend who highly recommended her. Not only did she do a good job but she exceeded my expectations. Let me explain. I need to wear mouth guard at night to prevent grinding of my teeth. However I hate the process of getting fitted. My last dentist was going use “putty” and make a mold. For some reasons it gives me anxiety and I just can’t do it. When I had a consult with Dr Chatur, she was able to make me a mouth guard without using any “putty”. She uses this 3D scanner that apparently makes an exact image / copy of my teeth. The process was so easy and anxiety free. She was so patient and professional. Her staff were great too. During her examination of my mouth she also noticed, anatomically, that i’m more prone to snoring. I always knew I snored. This is the first time that anybody could pinpoint the root of my problem. Thank you so much Dr Chatur. I will have a follow consult with her office soon.

Grace Henneford (Source: Google)


Talk about girl power! These lovely ladies are so caring about their patients, they work beautifully as a team, and make sure everyone leaves with a smile. The office is so colorful, while being aesthetically pleasing; they have two different sections for kids to play in; they are very good at communicating with their patients; take the time to explain anything that you may not be sure about; very flexible when you may need to make an impromptu visit to fix something; and they always keeps the atmosphere light and happy, while upholding very high quality services. I normally have the same two technicians who are absolutely amazing. On my most recent visit I had several incidences with a new technician and went to the front desk to tell them about my unpleasant experience. The way the office as a whole handled it was incredibly validating and professional making me feel a lot better and heard. It’s going to feel bitter sweet getting my braces off as I won’t get to look forward to seeing them every few weeks.

Khiabeth Vazquez (Source: Facebook)


Super Clean & Well organized! The staff was beyond fantastic! Started with a Tour of the facility, The consultation exam was great! So far so good! The doctor was nice , her communication about needs were on point! I felt comfortable & treated like a patient not an another appointment! Definitely looking in to getting treatment here and hope all my needs are meet!

Emily L. from Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


They completely saved me from having a miserable weekend of having a broken permanent retainer tear up my mouth. They scheduled a last minute day-of appointment for me on a Friday to get a permanent retainer (which was applied years ago in at a different orthodontist) removed. They were even able to make a new removable retainer for me while there! They were unbelievably accommodating, friendly, and fast! Highly recommend!

Cam T. from Bellevue, WA (Source: Yelp)


Came to Dr Chatur from a friend who highly recommended her. Not only did she do a good job but she exceeded my expectations. Let me explain. I need to wear mouth guard at night to prevent grinding of my teeth. However I hate the process of getting fitted. My last dentist was going use “putty” and make a mold. For some reasons it gives me anxiety and I just can’t do it. When I had a consult with Dr Chatur, she was able to make me a mouth guard without using any “putty”. She uses this 3D scanner that apparently makes an exact image / copy of my teeth. The process was so easy and anxiety free. She was so patient and professional. Her staffs were great too. During her examination of my mouth she also noticed, anatomically, that i’m more prone to snoring. I always knew I snored. This is the first time that anybody could pinpoint the root of my problem. Thank you so much Dr Chatur. I will have a follow consult with her office soon.

Alicia B. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Shafeena Chatur and her entire staff are amazing. This is my second time getting orthodontic treatment (first attempt I was very young). Now in my 30’s I wondered whether it was worth the time and money to do it again, especially with a busy schedule. Ballard Orthodontics made it so easy! They went above and beyond to accomodate me.They temporarily removed my brackets for my bachelorette and for my wedding. Then they switched me to aligners once I was eligible. The aligners made it easy to make progress with fewer visits. I am so impressed with the results. I use to only want photos for one side of my smile, now I’m much more confident about my full smile symmetry. The monthly payment option also made budgeting extremely easy. Thank you Dr. Shafeena!

Andi H. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I just finished my 18-month treatment and I couldn’t be happier with my smile. As an adult, I was looking for an orthodontist that would listen to my concerns and work hard to give me the results I dreamed about. Dr. Chatur was just that. And the rest of the office staff is amazing too! The office is clean and modern and the process was quick and easy. I enjoyed going in for my appointments and seeing improvement each and every time. I would recommend Ballard Orthodontics (and have in fact recommended them) to anyone looking for a top-notch experience. These guys are the best!

Kelly Chiang (Source: Google)


I’ve been to other Orthodontic Clinics before and must say Ballard Orthodontics definitely stands out in terms of their professionalism and services. Dr Chatur and her team are highly skilled, courteous and detailed. They respond to my emails quickly which is convenient for booking appointments etc. The facility is equipped with the latest technologies which to me is important as it means I’m receiving the best care possible. The clinic decor makes you feel like your entering a calm lounge versus yet another busy doctors office!

Evan Herring (Source: Google)


Very clean and inviting layout out of the office. All the staff that work here are very friendly and they do such a great job of remembering names of their clients and helping them feel welcomed into their building. Both techs and doc are amazing – I’ve had nothing but amazing experiences. It’s so cool how the team celebrates the journey with you and gets excited when you hit big milestones with your Invisalign or braces. I’d definitely recommend Ballard orthodontics to anyone!

Mallory M. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I had to write a review because Dr. Chatur was such a wonderful angel to me yesterday. I came in very frustrated about some botched orthodontic work that I’d had done on the Eastside. She was generous and honest in explaining all of my options, and just so encouraging and warm and kind when I was overwhelmed about different costs and options. Tremendously professional but also compassionate and open–I was amazed that this combo exists in an orthodontist! Go to her, you will not regret it. Thanks Dr. Chatur and all your staff for being so sweet when I was freaking out a bit; can’t tell you how much that kindness means to me :).

Torsten H. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


The whole team at Ballard Orthodontics with Dr. Chatur is a “dream team”! Perfect quality, competence and fast services combined with a warm welcome atmosphere every time (*thanks April !”) WOWWW! They all took care for my braces implementation over 16 months: every single appointment and experience couldn’t be better. The coordination with dentist, oral surgeon and insurance was always top-notch. Keep on going and THANKS !!!

Karen A. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Chatur and her office staff take exceptional care of their patients throughout the entire orthodontic process! Our daughter completed her treatment last fall. When ever we needed to rush in for a broken bracket or emergency repair they were always able to offer us reasonable options to stop by. We received updates on her progress and treatment stayed on target with her original estimate of time. We never had to wait long at appointments, the staff got us right in for treatments. The office is pleasant and clean. The results look amazing so much so that at her first dental cleaning after the braces were off even her Dentist commented that he was really impressed with the finished work! We will definitely be taking out other child there for his braces and would recommend that any person considering braces visit Dr Chatur for a consultation.

Kelly L. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I cannot be happier with the excellent care I received from Dr. Chatur and the team at Ballard Orthodontics! As an adult I learned I would need both upper and lower jaw surgery involving over a year of pre and post surgery orthodontics. From the first consultation, Dr. Chatur made me very comfortable with my treatment plan options and ensured I never left with any outstanding questions. My Oral Surgeon was highly complementary of her approach and communication throughout the treatment. It was very comforting to know that my surgeon and orthodontist were so aligned on my treatment plan. Beyond their absolute professionalism, the Ballard Orthodontics team are a joy and I actually looked forward to my appointments every few weeks.

Shelby W. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I had a wonderful experience! I had just moved to the area and was worried about finding a good place that wasn’t going to overcharge me. I needed a new retainer ASAP and they got me in and made my retainer that day. Dr. Chatur was very friendly and offered to mold my new retainer to close up some of my gaps. The staff was very welcoming, professional and took the time to get to know me. The interior design of the office is extremely well done and fun. I would recommend Ballard Ortho to friends and would return there in the future.

Pamela Gentile (Source: Facebook)


I transferred to Ballard Orthodontics when I moved to Seattle for my Invisalign. Dr. Chatur is very knowledgeable, acts quickly so I don’t have to be in these trays any longer than I need to be, and she really seems to care for her staff. I think the employees at the practice are very nice and friendly, making it a very simple experience. It is a very clean and open environment as well. I recommend Ballard Orthodontics to anyone in the area!

Natalie W. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I loved my experience here! They were super professional but also listened to my needs and did their best to tend to them. We were trying to figure out the best way to correct my crowding, I was so impressed with how thorough they were and weighed the pros and cons of each option. I wanted the least noticeable option, and they honored that! Thank goodness. I work in a high school and didn’t want to look like my high schoolers! Shafeena was funny and endearing, and efficient with my appointment. Suzanne was the same and made me feel comfortable and confident in my decision. Another thing I liked is that once we came up with my plan they emailed me my plan so I could have it for my records! Their follow ups were helpful and they even said they could fit me in the same day! Scheduling was effortless. Consultations are free, so you can’t go wrong! Thank you Ballard Ortho!!!!

Faye S. from Vancouver, Canada (Source: Yelp)


I was referred here by my dentist because I wanted braces for my crooked teeth. I wish I had photos to post of the before and after, because the results are wonderful! I’m so pleased with my teeth and smile. Dr. Chatur is wonderful. Besides being very skilled, she’s personable and listens to concerns that may come up during the course of treatment. She was readily available every time I had a question and she and her staff always provided exceptional service. I highly recommend Ballard Orthodontics!

Natalya Altman (Source: Google)


Went here recently to replace retainers I’ve had for a long time. The staff here are excellent; friendly and professional. They take the proper COVID precautions, which puts me more at ease. All my questions were answered thoroughly and they made sure I was happy with the fit of the new retainers. Thank you guys!

Casey Lamicela (Source: Google)


The decision to begin orthodontic treatment is not always easy, as the cost and time investment can be quite significant. However, I have just completed a wonderful 16 month experience with Ballard Ortho and I’m so happy with my results! Things have definitely changed over the past year due to pandemic precautions and increased virtual appointments, but everyone at the practice has been extremely friendly and informative throughout the entire process. I was always comfortable in the bright, positive atmosphere of the office and felt that I could ask questions or voice any concerns if necessary (team members are responsive via email or phone if you have questions outside of your normal appointment times). Huge thank you to Kelly, Hannah, Megan, Ana, Kaela and Molly for making my invisalign fittings and follow up appointments such a breeze, Dr. Chatur for her expertise and professional work, and to Monique, Jessica, Anusha, and Lacey who were endlessly patient with my questions.

Cher G. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


We have 3 kids, all of which are patients of Dr. Chatur and love, love, love her and Ballard Orthodontics. Our all-around experience has been nothing less than top notch. As soon as you enter the door you’re greeted by the wonderful staff, with bright and friendly smiles. Making appointments are easy-breezy, whether by phone, email or text. The office space is fun, inviting, trendy and modern, with great attention to detail. My kids (range from 8-19) look forward to their 730 a.m. visits, especially when Dip’n Dots (sugar free) are available during the summer! Everyone is very friendly. Very helpful. Always upbeat. Always positive. Extremely professional. Not pretentious. It’s no wonder why they have been voted Top Dentist in Seattle Met Magazine for a couple years running. #WeLoveBallardOrthodontics.

Julio Orlando Escobar (Source: Facebook)


I trust Dr. Chafur and her team with my smile. After several orthodontic consults in the Seattle area, I chose Ballard Orthodontics for my treatment. While my personal case carries a level of complexity higher than the average patient, I have had a great experience navigating treatment options and alternatives with Dr. Chafur. She made me feel like I always had an input on my treatment choices and has been able to provide enough time options for my demanding schedule. I have found her Staff to be helpful, prepared and professional while taking the time to get to know their patients. I particularly love the new technology and emphasis on current techniques and approaches to orthodontics. As I dental provider myself, I am very selective on who I trust with my teeth. I do not regret my decision. I travel from the East Side to come to this practice. Assistants Megan and Hannah have always done a great job at fielding my concerns and providing answers to my multiple questions while making customer service look easy.

David Skidmore (Source: Google)


Getting braces for the first time in my 30’s has been an exciting experience, and I’m so happy I’m going to Ballard Orthodontics. They put together a detailed plan for me, connected me with oral surgeons in the area for major work, and have been so friendly and helpful throughout. Anyone who has done this knows there is a lot of recurring discomfort, especially with my two-year treatment, but every appointment the staff help manage expectations and explain what’s going on. Treatment is still in ongoing, but I’m very pleased with progress.

Zasha Sepulveda (Source: Google)


Everyone at Ballard orthodontics was very nice, efficient, and professional. Most places I’ve gone have tried to overcharge me for braves and Invisalign, which was very aggravating. Thankfully Ballard Orthodontics gave me an honest price, which saved me thousands of dollars. They were also so helpful in helping me figure out a payment plan that fit my budget, which I truly appreciated. 10/10 recommend.

Sarah H. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Chatur and her entire staff are wonderful. I mean it. I’m in my fifties and adult braces aren’t fun but Ballard Orthodontics makes the experience go well in every way possible. I’m sensitive to plastics so I can’t use invisalign, and I have ceramic brackets on top and metal on the bottom because my bottom teeth are smaller. I have multiple chemical sensitivities, and Dr Chatur has been graciously accommodating to those needs, which I deeply appreciate. I’m halfway through my teeth being moved — some of my teeth are being rotated in multiple directions and others are being moved to close a gap where a tooth was extracted last year, so there’s a lot going on in my mouth, but I feel like Dr Chatur has it all under control. I especially appreciate the kindness of the staff. The office itself is cheerful, clean, and well designed, so the whole experience minimizes anxiety. There’s easy parking, and my son loves to play the “old fashioned” PacMan game while he waits for me. Dr Chatur looks in his mouth every once in a while, so we know when to bring him for braces too. I wouldn’t take my child anywhere else for orthodontics.

Abhi S. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


What great service! My retainer recently broke and I was looking for an orthodontist nearby that could make a new one. I searched online and Ballard Orthodontics was the closest so I e-mailed them to see if this is something they could do. To my surprise I got a same day e-mail response and availability for me to come in early next morning and have it made while I waited. The office was really nice and it feels like you are in a cool new tech startup environment versus a traditional medical style orthodontic office. I got to meet Dr. Chatur who was very friendly and her office manager, April was the one that took my impression. She was very nice and welcoming. The convenience factor is huge as there is free parking (I drove) as well being right next to major bus lines off of 15th. I even got to get some breakfast across the street while I waited to get my retainer created. I also noticed that they had Super NES which was pretty cool considering that is one of the gaming systems I grew up on. I highly recommend Ballard Orthodontics!

Daniel B. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


If you are looking for professional service, with great attitude, fun staff, and awesome personality I would definitely recommend Ballard Orthodontics. The last two years would have been unbearable with out these guys, never had an issue with appointments after any brace mishaps, and they always seemed happy to see me. Although I know I guessed the exact amount of valentines hearts and didn’t win the movie tickets… it’s ok. I fully loved my experience with these guys and I’m sure you will too. Thanks.

Paul K. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


At age 69 I began treatment after a dentist recommended getting evaluated for orthodontia work, warning me of problems that would increase with my particular alignment issues. I chose Dr. Chatur (Ballard Orthodontics) because my adult daughter was very pleased with her work and staff. The fact I lived nearby was a plus. After 13 months I concluded treatment and am very satisfied with my teeth now. It was a pleasure to be served by Dr. Chatur and her staff for every visit, and I actually looked forward to my appointments. I feel complete confidence in having made the right decision to go there. I like how I feel and look now that I have finished. I recommended Ballard Orthodontics to another daughter and she, too, is pleased with her experience and results so far.

Kathy C. from Lynnwood, WA (Source: Yelp)


I have hesitated for years about going back into braces. My teeth shifted after the lower retainer bar was taken off. But with the change in my bite came some eventual issues with possible mobility and spacing. Being an older adult I hesitated but with my dentist recommending Dr Chatur, I went ahead and scheduled a consult. I was pleasantly surprised with the friendly staff and detailed explanation, including a video of what options could be done to fix my bite. With the expertise of Dr Chatur, I chose Invisalign for my Orthodontics. I have to admit it has been a great experience! I never thought I would say that about braces! The staff are the best and I love Dr Chatur! I am so pleased with progress I have seen with my teeth and am excited to see the end result! I would highly recommend this office to young and old!

Ambika S. from New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


I came to get an emergency removal of a retainer and had a great experience. I was concerned about the process and the outcome and everyone from the front desk to the doctor were reassuring and kind. Dr. Chatur explained my options with no pressure to do one or the other even though they could have “sold” me in to a lot more treatment in the moment. I elected to do the bare minimum and they didn’t make me feel bad about it at all and explained to me that I could have the same outcome getting the procedure done when I was ready. It was amazingly efficient and I was in and out with no wait and problem solved. I even found easy parking! Thank you to the whole team here!!!

Sofia M. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Everyone is so nice and friendly. They talk to you and explain the things that are going on. They are all so nice and find creative and imaginative ways to make going to there fun! They are all extremely quick, friendly, kind, and most importantly – they check in with you! They ask you how you’re feeling and if anything feels wrong. From Dip ‘n Dots to colorful rubber bands Ballard Orthodontics is a wonderful place to seek help for people of any age.

Shannon M. from Queen Anne, Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


What was a stupid unfortunate accident (opening a package with my teeth) became a really fun experience because of Dr Chatur and her staff. It sounds very bizarre as I am in my 70s; but I enjoyed the entire process. Dr Chatur has the latest, most modern equipment and you can pick a new color scheme on your braces every week! It became a quick, fun appointment. The staff are darling and very UP! Dr. Chatur is as talented and high energy as I was told. She is so bright! You will feel totally safe and relaxed. She is fabulous with children and OLD ladies like me! Shannon.

Celeste Eustis (Source: Google)


The orthodontic work I have had done at Ballard Orthodontics has been truly life changing. Before my Invisiline, I could only touch my back teeth together and I had terrible TMJ. Now, my TMJ is gone and my smile is even! Dr. Chatur and all of the staff there are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and kind. I highly recommend Ballard Orthodontics to anyone seeking an orthodontist in the Seattle area.

Ryleigh (Source: Google)


This place is the most accommodating and professional place in general but especially with orthodontics. They have walked me through over a year of Invisalign and another few months of braces. They also help make sure it was affordable for me to pay through a payment plans and have been available to answer any of my questions or concerns. COULDNT RECOMMEND THEM ENOUGH! 6/5 stars.

A. R. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


Our daughter received her braces in June of 2017 and just got them off April 2018. From our first consultation the entire team at Ballard Orthodontics was amazing. We actually visited 3 different clinics to get quotes and a feel for the services we needed. Ballard Ortho came in WAY ABOVE the others we checked out. From pricing, to professionalism to the friendliness of everyone we encounter on each visit, I can’t say enough good about these guys. Our daughter always looked forward to her appointments. They really get to know the patients and remember little details about them and work it into the conversation. It’s really nice. Knowing we have two more kiddos who will probably need orthodontic work in the future, we are happy and confident knowing they will get the best care here, hands down. We highly recommend Ballard Orhtodontics. Julie Keegan.

Jackie W. from Shoreline, WA (Source: Yelp)


Getting braces as an adult was daunting, but I was made to feel so comfortable and all my appointments were always fun! The staff are all super friendly! I was also most grateful that everything was very straight forward and transparent. There was never any surprise expenses to pay for additional work – everything was included, no matter what may happen, in the initial price. My experience was so wonderful, maybe I’ll get braces again… Naaaaah


Dr Chatur's main goal is to always make sure that her patients feel comfortable and understood.For the past 10 years, she has been committed to improving not only her patients' smiles but their overall well-being. Her positive disposition and cheerful personality brings life to her practice and instantly makes her patients feel at ease in her care. Dr Chatur has a rare gift of building meaningful, long-lasting relationships with her patients. Always striving to set standards for orthodontic care, Dr Chatur knew early on in her career that she wanted to start her own practice that is patient-centered. Dr Chatur knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a health care provider. When she became an Orthodontist she knew she would like providing her patients orthodontic care, but she had no idea how much she would love getting to know them. Dr. Chatur graduated from the University of Washington with a double degree in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2001 and earned her DDS at UW in 2005. She completed her advanced graduate studies in 2009 at the University of Jacksonville, specializing in Orthodontics. Dr. Chatur is a professional member of the Washington State Society of Orthodontics, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, and the American Association of Orthodontics. Dr. Chatur loves to travel, socialize and live life to the fullest with her spouse Derek and two sons. When she's not practicing, she can often be found skiing, exercising, traveling to foreign countries, and enjoying cooking.