Dr. Thomas Stark, DDS

Dr. Thomas Stark, DDS

Orthodontics  |  
Male  |  
59 y/o

Accepting new patients

I will never forget how my chairman at the Baylor orthodontic program, Dr. Moody Alexander, encouraged us residents to especially, "love the unlovables." I vividly recall being a painfully shy and definitely unattractive seventh-grader myself, who just wanted to be invisible. Growing up, I wore braces from sixth to eighth grade, and I was admittedly a C-minus patient! But by my sophomore year in high school, something internal, perhaps my guardian angel, made me completely sure that orthodontics was the right path for me. I have never regretted that decision! As an orthodontist, I understand what treatment means to my patients, and I find great happiness in seeing young people transform from a caterpillar to butterfly right before my eyes! The gift of a lovely smile, and the priceless corresponding gift of improved self-esteem is pure magic and truly Heaven-sent. It is enormously joyful to be part of those transformations on a daily basis! I am blessed to be part of this profession and I love using my mind and my hands to gently change and improve people's smiles – and often, their lives! I love to follow my patients' lives and their achievements in education, sports, theater, music, and the arts. It is a special honor to see family members in my practice: I recently began caring for a third-generation patient! MY TEAM I love my team and I love watching their interactions and friendships with our patients. It is fun to feel the positive energy that is shared between patients, their families, my team, and I. Hearing laughter in my office on an almost constant basis brings a smile to my face. The day we take a patient's braces off is such a celebration! My team and I love to watch people's eyes light up when they see their new smile for the first time: it makes us all smile!

Stark Smiles: Thomas M Stark DDS

1212 Duff Ave

Ames, IA 50010
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Accepted insurance

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna

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Patient Testimonials

Exceptional care from beginning to end. The staff is all so friendly and truly seem to care, especially Dr. Stark. My daughter has felt at ease since our first visit!
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Care Philosophy

Dr. Thomas M. Stark and his team provide advanced orthodontic care, with a personal touch. We care about you as a person, not just straightening your teeth! It will be our honor to help you achieve a lifetime of beautifully healthy smiles, and become your friends in the process.
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Practice Areas

  • Orthodontics
  • Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

Conditions Treated

  • Crooked Teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Dental Crowding
  • Dental Disorders
  • Dental Spacing
  • Gaps Between Teeth
  • Grinding of Teeth
  • Malocclusion (Bad Bite)
  • Malocclusion - Short Stature Syndrome
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Open Bite
  • Orthodontic Disorders
  • Overbite
  • Overjet
  • Protruding Front Teeth
  • Thumb Sucking
  • Tooth Abrasion
  • Tooth Attrition
  • Underbite


  • Bite Adjustment
  • Ceramic Dental Braces
  • Clear Dental Braces
  • Cosmetic Oral Evaluation
  • Cosmetic Procedure
  • Dental Brace
  • Fixed Orthodontic Correction
  • Invisalign®
  • Invisible Dental Braces
  • Metal Dental Braces
  • Non-Surgical Bite Correction
  • Non-Surgical Orthodontic Procedures
  • Orthodontic Aligners
  • Orthodontic Procedures
  • Removable Appliances
  • Retainer Therapy
  • Retainers
  • Spacers for Braces
  • Springs for Braces
  • Surgical Orthodontics

Background Check

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  • Iowa State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • University of Iowa / College of Dentistry
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Texas A&M University Health Science Center / Baylor College of Dentistry
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

Dr. Stark has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists, Member
  • American Board of Orthodontics, Member
  • American Dental Association, Member
  • Baylor Orthodontic Alumni Association, Past President
  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, Member
  • Iowa Dental Association, Member
  • Iowa Society of Orthodontists, Past President
  • Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, Past President
  • Smiles Change Lives, Member
  • World Federation of Orthodontists, Member

Dr. Stark's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Stark to family and friends
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Dr. Stark's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
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Patient Comments (1)
in Boone, IA |
This man is one in a million. Truly a person who will leave a lasting impact on you for the rest of your life. He is so kind and sweet, very informative about every procedure, and does an excellent job in every area. A true people person, will treat you more as a friend than as a patient. He cares so much about his patients and wants the best results possible for each one. I cannot say enough great things about him. He made getting braces fun, which isn't something most orthodontists can do!
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Dr. Stark accepts 2 insurance carriers
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna

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