Lil' Patients with Big Hearts

When people think of orthodontic treatment, they often think of teenagers.  We are blessed in our office to take care of patients from birth all the way through the grandparent stage of life. Our youngest patients in our office are usually about four weeks of age.  These patients are born with a cleft lip/palate and often other craniofacial challenges.  We have the unique opportunity to make an appliance for these patients to assist them with feeding.  Babies with cleft lip/palate often have unique feeding challenges and thus difficulty gaining weight.  Our goal is for each of these babies to get to their appropriate weight as quickly as possible.  This allows them to have their lip surgically repaired at around three months of age followed by the palate surgery approximately six months later.  Their journey in orthodontics usually continues with a bone graft surgery around age nine or ten followed by extensive orthodontic treatment during the teenage years.

I am often asked why I choose to take care of patients that most orthodontic offices do not, and why I choose to invest my time and emotions.  I believe one word describes my heart’s desire for all of my patients. Relationship. There is nothing more important to me than my relationships.  Unfortunately, especially in our early years, our physical appearances affect how we make relationships. How we perceive ourselves, especially our smiles, affects how we keep relationships. I deeply desire for my patients to have long-lasting, authentic relationships their entire lives.  People just matter.  Our cleft and craniofacial families allow us the unique opportunity to be a part of their child’s life and their family from birth through adulthood.  This is a sweet gift that is rare to most orthodontists. They are heroes in my book! The opportunity to witness the transformation of each patient’s smile and life is priceless.

Won't You Join Our Residency Program? We are thrilled to announce that we have started a "cleft lip and palate residency team" at several FWISD schools.  Our office and local schools have collected stuffed animals for our Kelley Orthodontic and Cook Children cleft lip & palate patients.  We have had the honor and privilege of speaking to students about these facial differences and the extensive process these young patients undergo in hopes of receiving the smile they have always wanted. The students meticulously sew bilateral or unilateral incisions on their stuffed animal. (No doubt we have some future surgeons!) The Kelley Orthodontic Team has been blown away by the compassion that so many students have for those who are special, yet different.  There truly is not enough time nor space to express how grateful I am to do what I do for a living. (Let me know if you want to join our team!) Dr. Kelley

A Few of Our Smiles

What our Patients are Saying

"John Kelley has partnered with us in transforming the H.O.P.E. Farm Boys into men. Kelley Orthodontics has the ability to help our boys develop confidence in their appearances and more importantly their characters. The Kelley Orthodontics team has been an irreplaceable instrument in the success of our program. John Kelley and the Crew… you are the best! "

"Professionalism and efficiency usually don't mix well with warm hospitality, but somehow at Dr. Kelley's office you find it blended comfortably together at every visit. Dr. Kelley not only takes his work seriously but also his relationship with you, the patient. You will not find a more friendly, helpful staff anywhere. "

"When I first found out I was getting braces, I got kind of worried, but Dr. Kelley explained everything to me step by step and made sure I knew how to treat minor pokes or pains in my teeth. They also provided me with toothbrushes and floss just for braces and taught me how to use them. The staff is really friendly and they're really good at accommodating me to where I don't miss anything big at school. Kelley Orthodontist has done a great job helping me with my braces! "

"I personally like it when I go to the orthodontist. When all the other kids at school say, 'I have to go to the orthodontist today,' the usual responses are, 'Hope you come back alive!' or 'That stinks!' But my response is, 'Who do you have?' The reason all the kids hate orthodontics is because they don't have Dr.Kelley! The staff is amazing, they don't put pointy things into your mouth, and they make the appointments quick and fast. Thank you Dr. Kelley for making a place that makes my mouth good as new!"

"We have been so grateful for Dr. Kelley's orthodontic care of our children. His kindness in dealing with our family, thorough medical expertise, and friendly office staff have made this office feel like a second family. Three of our children have been through orthodontics with Dr. Kelley, and not only are their smiles fabulous, but they even enjoy going to the office for visits. We have full confidence in Dr. Kelley's treatment of our children's individual orthodontic needs, and for one of our children in particular have seen significant progress that will likely keep him from surgery down the road. Because orthodontics requires frequent visits and check ups, we are all the more thankful for such a fantastic orthodontist and office staff to spend time with."

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