build others up with your words

Words Do Matter

April 26th, 2016

I have the great privilege of developing friendships with a great majority of our patients.  I have learned a tremendous amount about our world and the hearts of people.  One resounding lesson is the words we choose to express to others matter.  I was profoundly reminded of this lesson a few days ago.  A very special adult patient named Debra sent an e-mail to me about her experience as an orthodontic patient and the reason she chose to pursue orthodontics  with us as an adult.  With her permission, I will reprint her words.

“Dr. Kelley, for 40 plus years I was ashamed of my teeth.  In front of the entire class, I was told by my 8th grade music teacher that I should not smile.  It was many years ago, but I never forgot how it made me feel.  I can now at 60 years of age scratch braces off my bucket list. After my braces were removed, I was finally able to share with my husband why it was so important for me to see an orthodontist. Thanks to you and your staff I couldn’t be more proud of my brand new smile.”

I am thankful Debra was able to attain the smile she has longed for since 8th grade.   I am touched by her willingness to let our office know her story.  Her story is a great reminder to me to choose my words wisely each day with my wife, children, and patients.  Each of us can build others up or tear them down simply by the words we express to others.

I tell my kids all the time that our words have meaning. Most of the things we say will be forgotten. (Thank God!) But other things we say will forever be engrained in the minds and hearts to whom we speak. These words can either bring life or they can bring pain and suffering.  I want my words to always bring life, to bring transformation, to bring positive change and hope. One thing is for sure, our words have meaning.  They are either building up or tearing down. I encourage you to choose today who you will be... and then proclaim it through your words!

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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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