Meet Dr. Will Kelly

William Kelly III, DDS

Dr. Will Kelly is an experienced leader and trusted provider in the field of Esthetic Restorative Dentistry and Dental Implants. He is passionate about great results and has pursued training and understanding the complexity of advanced, well-designed dentistry throughout his career. This willingness to operate a practice based on a high standard of care requires a dedication to practice dentistry differently, separating himself from the average and traditional dental model. Dr. Kelly has developed a practice philosophy that creates a unique experience for patients seeking ideal results.

Dr. Kelly is a creative individual with passion for art that transitioned childhood talent in drawing, painting, and sculpture into the art of dentistry. After attending the School of Design at North Carolina State University, he pursued the profession of his father seeing the possibility to apply his passion for creation, imagination, and critical thinking toward dentistry. Dr. Kelly is full of curiosity and views dental health care as an opportunity to improve the lives of others. He challenges himself to stay in front of this medical discipline which has endless possibilities to provide health and wellbeing. His dedication to being an innovator in an ever advancing body of knowledge and technology in modern dentistry is greatly appreciated by those he serves.

Dr. Will Kelly is a fourth generation native of Gastonia, North Carolina. He resides in his hometown with his wife, Casey, and their four sons. To Dr. Kelly, being an active part of the community where he works and lives is rewarding. He offers world class service and treatment to patients from all over the South East and the greater Charlotte area and it brings him joy to provide exceptional dentistry for the people in the community that nurtured him throughout his life.

Dr. Kelly enjoys the outdoors and spends some his most memorable times with dental colleagues fly fishing and upland hunting. He also enjoys leisure time oil painting, playing guitar, and is a gourmet cook. Nothing brings Will Kelly more joy than a good week of serving patients in the practice and a weekend of enjoying great food, laughs, and the company of his family and dear friends.
North Carolina State University- BA- 1997
University of North Carolina School of Dentistry- DDS- 2004

Work Experience
Designer and Home Building 1997-2000
Indian Health Service- Intern Dentistry- 2003
Gaston Family Health Service- Associate Dentist- 2004-2007
R. William Kelly, Jr. DDS, PA- Associate Dentist- 2004-2008
William Kelly Dentistry- Owner and Solo Practioner- 2008- Present
UNC School of Dentistry- Adjunct Associate Professor- 2017-Present

Continuing Education
Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Learning
Atlanta Tanner Study Club

Occlusal Concepts Study Club
Catawba Study Club - Past President
Gaston County Dental Society - Past President
3i Implant Synergy Continuum
ACT Dental Coaching
Spear Study Club and Spear Education
Various Advanced Training in:
Restorative Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry
Airway Dentistry
TMJ Disorders
Facial Pain


  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • North Carolina Dental Association
  • Gaston County Dental Society- Past President
  • Dental Sportsman Society – President & CEO
  • UNC Dental Alumni Association
  • Old North State Dental Scholarship – Founder
  • First Presbyterian Church Gastonia- Elder
  • American Red Cross Gastonia- Past Board of Directors
  • Gaston Family Health Services- Past Board of Directors
  • Gastonia Rotary Club- Paul Harris Fellow
  • Mission of Mercy
  • Give Kids a Smile