Welcome To Our Ames, Iowa Dental Practice

Dentist Ames, IA - Expressions Dental

Dr. John Clary is committed to providing top-notch dentistry for patients of all ages with a focus on personalized care and state-of-the-art technology. He’s a member of a number of leading dental societies, and has worked among the nation’s leading educators in the field. With services ranging from general and preventive to restorative and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Clary offers the expert care needed to maintain healthy, beautiful teeth for life.

A Variety of Excellent Dental Services

When we say we offer comprehensive dental care, we mean it. Our office is equipped to provide all the services you expect at the dentist’s, like regular checkups and cleanings, to special treatments you just won’t find anywhere else — like dental implants , TMJ therapy , various laser treatments, oral appliances for sleep breathing disorders, and cosmetic services to help your smile dazzle like you’ve always dreamed. And if dental anxiety gets in the way of your oral health, we’re prepared to administer relaxing care with options in sedation dentistry!

We’re the office with the
bear in the window!

State-of-the-Art Technology

Dentistry is constantly improving, and Dr. Clary stays on top of the advancements by offering the latest and best in modern dental care. What does that mean for you? Better results, faster and more comfortably than ever before. One-visit crowns and other restorations are now possible with our CEREC on-site milling machine. Treatment planning is more informed than ever before with digital x-rays and intraoral photos. And DIAGNOdent finds cavities in their earliest stages — for faster, easier treatment.

Insurance and Financing

Our office wants to make your dental care as affordable and headache-free as possible. That’s why our expert staff will happily file claims for most insurance plans for you. We also gladly accept payment through CareCredit, the third-party healthcare financer that allows you to pay for your dental work at a pace you’re comfortable with. Call us to discuss your payment options in more detail!




June 1, 2022

Dear Expressions Dental & Better Sleep Iowa family,

As you know, this past year has been a challenge for me personally, as well as our dental practice in general. I want to take a few minutes to update you on what has happened this past year, and what our plans are moving forward.

On April 11, 2021, I suddenly went into septic shock. Septic shock is a very serious bacterial blood infection that progresses very rapidly and has a very high mortality rate. Due to the fast actions and excellent care of the physicians at MGMC and Mercy One medical in Des Moines, they pulled me through, though I was unconscious for a little over a month. Unfortunately, along with this, I developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, that is an autoimmune condition that disrupts the myelin sheath that covers the nerves, resulting in paralysis of the infected body parts. In my case, it started at my feet and worked up to my waist. Heck, I didn’t know what Guillain-Barre was, I read about it back in dental school, but didn’t know anyone who actually had it. Fortunately, most people recover, but the process is very slow and can extend from months to years, and involves extensive physical therapy. To complicate matters, during the period I was unconscious and laying on my back, I developed a severe pressure lesion over my tailbone that resulted in direct exposure of the tailbone itself.

Unfortunately, all of these diseases/problems have extremely long recovery periods. So, as you are aware, I have been out of commission for awhile! That doesn’t mean, however, that you have been out of my thoughts and mind. I have been following all of you and your dental condition on a regular basis thanks to Bri. I have reviewed your x-rays, chart entries, and personal updates for each of you. I have wanted to continue the level of care that I have strived to provide over the years. During this period, I was absolutely amazed and humbled at the outpouring of concern and love that I received from our patient family. The cards, books, letters of encouragement, and even a handmade Hawkeye blanket (thank you, Donna!), that I have received were greatly appreciated!! I cannot begin to express my gratitude! “THANK YOU” doesn’t seem to suffice!

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