Share Your Story
Share Your Dental Care Savings Story …
We occasionally ask our valued Members to share their dental care savings stories as a part of our “Share Your Story” Promotion. In return, we randomly pick one “Share Your Story” participant to receive a free discount dental plan or cash equivalent. We value your feedback as these dental care savings stories are a true testament to the savings, service and selection offered by DentalPlans.com.
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Sue B. - Colorado Springs , CO - 05/01/2008
I have a 12-year-old daughter that was going to need braces. I was regretting getting a quote because of the horror stories I had heard about the costs nowadays for braces. Sure enough, the first two quotes I got were double the price I was expecting.
I called the DentalPlans.com customer service phone number, 888-632-5353, to see if they knew anyone in my area that honored discount dental plans for braces. There were two orthodontists in my city that gave discounts for braces. I called right away and was very happy to learn I was going to save over $2000.00 on my child's braces. It is definitely worth the yearly fees to be a member of DentalPlans.com.
Christine G. - Land O Lakes , FL - 05/01/2008
We are very happy with the Aetna Dental Access plan. My husband had an abscessed tooth and I took him to the dentist. They x-rayed his tooth and told him he would have to go see an oral surgeon for emergency surgery. When we arrived at the oral surgeon, we had to wait for a little while, but when they called him in they took another x-ray outside of his mouth since he was in a lot of pain.
His face was very swollen, and the dentist told us with as much swelling as he had, he was not certain if the Novocain would work or not. He also told him he would have to cut along the gum line to get oxygen to the area as with all the swelling since it was not getting any oxygen.
We were very concerned because he was in so much pain. The dentist gave him the Novocain shot. The dentist left the room for a few minutes and came back in to check to see if the Novocain was taking effect. Thankfully it seemed to be working.
The dentist then told my husband he was going to try to pull the tooth; the tooth was completely broken off, so there was not much of the tooth showing. There was nothing for the dentist to grab on to. My husband said he thought it would be a very painful recovery since he was so bad before the surgery. He was expecting the worst.
Once the dentist started to work on his tooth, he said he was grabbing on to the arm of the chair. He said he felt a little pressure and the dentist stepped back. My husband told me he was getting ready for the next round. The dentist told him it was out.
My husband told me the dentist was very good and was the best dentist he had been to. He will go back when and if he needs more work on his teeth. As far as the cost goes, it was very reasonable and way less than I expected it to be. We are extremely satisfied with the dentists and oral surgeons that are on the plan.
Betsy B. - Buffalo Mills , PA - 05/01/2008
My experience with the discount dental plan has been a good one. I purchased this plan when I had a baby because the pregnancy was hard on my teeth and I needed some dental work.
I just called the 800 number that I got off the Internet. They had a plan called Aetna Dental Access. It was very easy to locate my dentist online. I would recommend this discount dental plan to anyone in my area.
My dentist was listed under this plan. All I did was call my dentist to verify that he was a participant. The office had a chart from Aetna that listed all of the discounts on services such as cleanings, exams, crowns, root canals, etc. They had to go by this chart whenever someone used this discount dental plan.
In the month of March, I had a root canal and crown done. They gave me a quote and stuck to it. I am pleased with the discounts this plan provides. When my dental office gave me the quote, it stayed the same until my procedure was done. The procedure took two dental visits.
The savings you would have with this discount dental plan are as follows:
* A crown without the plan - $700
* A crown with the plan - $450
To purchase dental insurance costs more money due to premiums, co-pays, 80/20, etc. I have already started to help others in my area to use this discount dental plan, especially if they need a lot of dental work.
Vickie B. - Boise , ID - 07/01/2008
I had trouble affording the dental care I needed. The dentists I had for over a decade have been very creative and flexible in finding affordable solutions for the problems I have had; a defective crown that caused two other teeth to decay and formed a cavity under the crown, and three teeth that broke. I couldn't afford to fix these properly and the care that past dentists were able to give me led to more problems and more costs.
Fortunately, with my discount dental plan, I can afford to get the dental care I really need, which includes two new crowns and one root canal. Without this plan, I would be forced to compromise on care again, or go without these necessary repairs. This would cause even more problems, and a lot of serious pain.
Thank you for providing me with this wonderful opportunity. I look forward to many years with my discount dental plan, and good dental health.
Kathleen C. - Fort Collins , CO - 06/01/2008
I am very happy with my UNI-CARE 200 plan, which we have belonged to for a number of years. My husband and I had an arrangement with our dentist to give us discounts, since we are both seniors and have to have a lot of dental work done. One day, the receptionist said that I should join your plan because I would get even more reductions on the price of my dental work.
We have been very pleased at the discounts we have received. When I recently had to have a bridge put in, the dentist had given me the price with his reduction, since he was worried that I lost the tooth because he did not replace the loose cap soon enough. Then, when I came to pay, your plan was an even better reduction. Frankly, I don't know how we would manage the high price of dentistry without your plan. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.
Ford S. - Richmond , VA - 06/01/2008
In January 2005, I was looking for a dental plan that would supplement the one offered by my employer, which covered only a portion of my semi-annual checkups. A co-worker had suggested a plan, but I felt the cost was too high. So, I visited DentalPlans.com. I was skeptical of the plans listed on your website, but at a cost of about $100, I figured it was worth taking the chance on joining the Uni Care 200 plan.
Since joining, I have saved over $1,570 (after subtracting the cost of the plan). The plan has worked exactly as advertised. My dentist provides the discount without any paperwork from me. The dental staff commented on how much I am saving by using the plan. I cannot say that I would not have had the dental work performed, which was all necessary work (not cosmetic), if I had not had this plan, but it has helped me to pay as I go, and not have to use a payment plan or carry a balance on my credit card.
I have recommended DentalPlans.com to many friends and co-workers since joining because I see no downside to using the advertised plans. It is a low cost, easy to use, money-saving plan. Many businesses over-promise and under-deliver, but with my Uni Care 200 plan, you receive what you are promised. Because of that reason, and the money that I have saved, I would rate my discount dental plan as a 10. I also like the fact that I have not been inundated with calls and/or e-mails from DentalPlans.com or Uni Care 200.
I joined, received my Membership Card by e-mail and that is all I needed and all I received. No one has attempted to get me to buy a more expensive plan, or contacted me for any other reason than to remind me to renew my membership. More businesses should operate this way.
Elaine B. - Sun City West , AZ - 06/01/2008
We just wanted you to know how very happy we have been with your discount dental plan.
My husband took an early retirement and we needed a plan. We had moved to Arizona from Massachusetts. We go to the dentist every 6 months and my husband has also had to have a crown. Since we live on a fixed income, this plan has more than paid for itself. In fact, we have recommended this plan to several of our friends and one in fact did sign up last year. We are currently signed up in the Patriot Plan and plan on staying with Dental Plans.com as long as our dentist continues to participate.
We just wanted you to know what a great plan it is and we don't know what we would do without it. I found DentalPlans.com when I was searching on the Internet about 3+ years ago. I knew that we would be moving to Arizona and realized that we would have to watch our pennies. Up to this point we have not been disappointed. The customer service is terrific and knowledgeable -- if you get someone who can't answer your question they immediately transfer you to someone who can help!
Thanks again for such a great plan and we look forward to working with you for many years to come.
Judith B. - Kent , WA - 06/01/2008
Two years ago, we had to drop our dental insurance due to high costs. My husband and I were retired and could not afford it. Last year, in 2007, we moved to WA. I was having some dental problems but had no insurance. I went online and found the website for DentalPlans.com.
I studied each plan and decided to just try it for one year as the price was right and it appeared to be okay. I signed up with Patriot Plan Plus. I went to a dentist on the list. My husband came with me. The office staff was so friendly and treated me like an old friend. The dentist was very thorough with the exam, and had such a personal touch. She made me feel so comfortable, asked about my family, how I liked WA, and was just so caring.
She took x-rays, checked each tooth and then explained why one of my crowns fell out; there was decay which caused the crown not to fit properly. She explained how she would repair the tooth and send the crown out to have some porcelain added on to fit properly. She explained that I had some other work to be done and how she could do the necessary repairs that would be long lasting. She would help me keep the costs down and told me it would be minimal and affordable.
I was never treated with such care as I was with her. My husband agreed that this lady was no doubt one of the best, most thorough dentists we have had in a long while. I will be having my teeth cared for and the expense will not put me in debt. Thank You Dental Plans.com! You have been a great help to me.
Roberta K. - Farmers Branch , TX - 06/01/2008
Our Signature Wellness Plan has brought true savings for all three of my family members.
DentalPlans.com has many plans and providers in our area to choose from.
I asked my primary dentist what discount dental plan he accepted, and why. Our dentist accepts the Signature Wellness Plan because it periodically reviews and updates fees for services. Our dentist still participates in the program and I continue to provide my family with uninterrupted dental care at a reduced fee.
The Signature Wellness plan my husband and I chose for our family provided discounts for routine care, as well as some specialty services. Since we initially joined 4 years ago, we have received a 25% renewal discount on our annual fee for every additional year we sign up, which has added up to even greater savings.
In the past, DentalPlans.com has run promotions providing additional savings for giving referrals that join in one of their many plans.
The services our family plan includes cover many of our dental, pharmacological, and chiropractic needs through participating providers. Our discounted dental services have included routine cleanings, x-rays, fillings, crowns, implant preparation, extractions, and braces.
Our Signature Wellness discount pharmacy savings has even exceeded our traditional savings from our primary health insurance plan on select prescriptions, and has given us choices that we would otherwise not have had.
I have found that providers are often conveniently located nearby. For example, the plan’s chiropractic services has three providers within driving distance.
Also, when I had to have minor or major dental work, the Signature Wellness plan provided a number of accessible, qualified Endodontists and Oral Surgeons to assist me with my dental care at an affordable price.
We appreciate the opportunity to save yearly with the services that the Signature Wellness plan provides. The savings on our individual and family care has more than paid for itself every year. I try to share this information with every one I come in contact with that would like to have quality care at a more affordable rate.
Ben A. - Middletown , NJ - 07/01/2008
I would like to tell you of my experience with DentalPlans.com. I am a postal worker with what I thought was a good health plan, until I had to go to a dentist. For years, I always had the minimal dental work performed because my health plan mostly covered the children and practically nothing for me. They paid a very small portion towards any work such as fillings, cleanings or x-rays, and nothing for other major work like crowns. I needed to have a root canal and a tooth replaced, but I knew it would have to wait because of the cost.
Then, I heard about DentalPlans.com on the Internet. They explained how they were not an insurance plan but worked in conjunction with my dentist to reduce the out of pocket costs. I signed up and immediately was covered that day for everything.
I made an appointment with my dentist, who luckily participated in the plan. He gave me the schedule of work that I needed to have done, as well as his usual fees before DentalPlans.com. I matched that with the reduced cost listed on your fee schedule chart and found that it was a lot less! Needless to say, the savings I realized from the first one or two visits, actually paid for my plan fee for the first year!
The staff at the dentist’s office really loves your plan because they always tell me that they let other patients know what I had saved. They keep your phone number handy for anyone that asks. I would recommend the plan to anyone who needs dental work, regardless of the health plan they already have.
After all, with the cost of everything going up, doesn’t it make you feel good when you get a break on the cost of something? It’s like having a family member in the business.
Thank you again for allowing me to smile and feel confident again when I talk to people.
Erin A. - Barnegat Light , NJ - 06/01/2008
I found myself facing an enormous amount of dental work. One dentist quoted me almost $50,000; he was a crook. I went online and started to research different options. I found your site and through further searching, I found a dentist in my area that was wonderful. Long story short, a bill that would have been in excess of $23,000 wound up being almost $11,000. My teeth are fixed, my dentist was great, and I am thrilled with your service.
David A. - Carson City , NV - 06/01/2008
I purchased my discount dental plan via the Internet one year ago on the recommendation of a person that had worked in a dental office. I had received two estimates for extensive dental work, including partials. The cost was outrageous. I would have been in debt for years.
Through my AVIA dental plan, the cost was less than half off the other estimates. The dentist was excellent, and all the personnel in the office were supportive throughout the process and numerous office visits. My dental work has boosted my self-esteem, and improved my self-confidence at work and home. I am no longer the only one that is not smiling in the family photos.
I would highly recommend AVIA to anyone who does not have dental insurance. My parents also recently signed up for the plan because their Medicare plan does not provide dental insurance. Thank you, Dentalplans.com for helping me.
Bonnie C. - St. Charles , MO - 06/01/2008
When I lost my job, I also lost my health insurance and dental insurance. I wasn't too worried about the health insurance because I knew that my husband could get health insurance through his work. I was really worried about the dental insurance, though. My husband needed a root canal and I had a problem with bleeding gums.
My husband did a quick search on the Internet and found that DentalPlans.com offered many different alternatives to dental insurance. We were especially happy to learn that our dentist had subscribed to one of the plans. The fact that we didn't have to change dentists meant a lot to us!
DentalPlans.com made regular dental care affordable again!
Sandra T. - Payson , AZ - 07/01/2008
I am an employee of the United States Postal Service and the insurance carrier for my family. My health insurance company offers almost non-existent dental coverage, most of which is for emergency situations. The USPS has offered additional dental plans. Upon researching their coverage, I was told by a representative that it wouldn't really benefit me to purchase the additional coverage since the cost of the premiums would not add up to the amount of savings on dental care.
My husband began to search the Internet for dental care, and thank God he found DentalPlans.com. We subscribed and found a dentist in our remote Arizona mountain location that accepted the plan. We like the dentist and staff much better than the original dentist we had. The savings have been phenomenal. I wear a bite guard and was in need of a new one. With DentalPlans.com, I paid nearly half the cost of my original bite guard. Our cleanings cost much less, as well as the filling I needed recently.
Our neighbor was widowed recently and within a couple months needed a crown. She had no dental insurance and was going to pay nearly $2,000.00 for the work. I spoke to her about our plan, and she canceled her appointment, went online and signed up for the plan giving us as a reference which gave us 3 additional months free on our plan for referring her. She got her crown for nearly half the cost.
I would recommend DentalPlans.com to anyone with or without dental insurance.
Joanne J. - Ahoskie , NC - 06/01/2008
My mom is in her 70s and my dad in his 80s. They both needed attention to their dental work. However, my mom, who had pretty good teeth all her life, decided she wanted her teeth cleaned. Well, when she went to the dentist, she found that she needed more.
Every time I would travel home to Maryland from North Carolina, she would hand me another bill or proposed cost for dental work. The last one totaled $3,000. Naturally, she was upset. They lived on fixed incomes, and even a full year of her individual social security payments wouldn’t cover this bill. My dad’s retirement income and their savings were being sorely taxed. Their medical plan did not cover dental.
I told my mom not to have the dental work done until I got back to her. She said it was already scheduled. I came back to North Carolina and hit the Internet, finding DentalPlans.com. I searched to ensure that both my mom and dad’s dentists accepted the plan. I compared – considering the work that each needed – joined, and paid for a plan.
I forwarded the Membership information and card to my brother, who printed it off and took it to my mom. I told her to take it to her dentist. OK, you are not going to believe this, but it took more than 60 percent off the amount she had to pay. She actually saved more than the plan cost in one procedure. I could hear my mom smiling through the telephone. She was happy and so was I.
Troy B. - Ephrata , PA - 06/01/2008
DentalPlans.com gave my husband his life back. After visiting the dentist for a consultation, we found out that he needed to have most of his bottom teeth fixed or removed, and replaced with a partial denture. He also needed fillings on most of his top teeth.
We didn’t have dental insurance and it was too costly to pay for the dental treatment he desperately needed out of our own pocket. We didn’t know what we were going to do. Our dentist suggested we find a discount dental plan to help absorb some of the cost.
When we found DentalPlans.com, we thought it was too good to be true. The plan was so inexpensive and we could include the entire family for less then 50 cents a day. We were even given 3 additional months free when we first signed up. Also, the dentist we were currently seeing accepted the plan.
At first, we were a little skeptical because we thought there was no way a discount dental plan would ever pay for itself, but we gave it a shot anyway. Boy, were we wrong. Not only did it pay for itself, we also received a 50% discount off of his total bill.
Now, my husband has no pain, can eat whatever food he wants, and is not afraid to smile. We were also able to get all three kids sealants for their teeth and keep them up to date on their cleanings at a much lower cost than we had expected. We were so pleased with our results that we told everyone about the plan. No one believed us until they took a look at all the different plans that were offered and realized we were telling the truth. It is nice to finally find a great deal that really is as great as it seems. Thanks DentalPlans.com!
Kathy G. - West Milford , NJ - 06/01/2008
I have been a member for several years; I was a single parent with 3 children and no dental coverage. While searching the Internet for a low cost alternative, I found your website. I can tell you that the yearly membership more than pays for itself in the first dental visit. X-Rays, yearly cleanings and check ups are so much more affordable.
I have even found that with my youngest son, who was still covered under his father’s dental insurance, the cost was less with DentalPlans.com when he needed a crown. Also, my oldest daughter that has her own insurance through work, but still lives with me, takes advantage of the savings when it costs more with her insurance than the discount dental plan that I have for the entire family.
You can always find a dentist in your area, unlike some of the regular insurance plans. I found a wonderful dentist in my area and because I can now afford to go to the dentist, I go regularly for my cleanings, check-up and have been avoiding losing any more teeth than I have in the past because of neglect.
I have also taken advantage of the discount prescription plan for my oldest son who has no health insurance at all. The savings on his asthma medications are great with the
plan -- we save almost half of the original cost on his inhalers. I have recommended your website to all of my friends and family. I can't say enough about your plans; they have saved me thousands on dental bills.
AnnaMarie W. - Oceanside , NY - 06/01/2008
When I was a young girl, I was always taught that oral hygiene was very important. Going to the dentist was never an option. I have instilled in my own children that a beautiful smile is priceless! Unfortunately, we do not have dental insurance and I have always paid out of pocket.
As you know, dental work is very expensive, so this has been quite costly for my husband and me. One day, I did a search on Google and DentalPlans.com appeared and fortunately my dentist, whom I think is terrific, was on the plan, as were many other dentists in the area. The selection of dentists was very large, which would be very accommodating to anyone joining the plan.
We have only been members for the last six months and have received a substantial discount on all of our services. My children have the usual cleaning, x-rays, sealants and an occasional cavity. I, on the other hand, who had many cavities as a child, now need crowns to replace old and large fillings. Crown work is very expensive but is discounted tremendously through DentalPlans.com.
I have recommended DentalPlans.com to many of my family and friends, some of which live in other parts of our country and do not have dental insurance. Since a single plan and a family plan are available, it is appealing to everyone. It is my opinion that if they do not become members they are being very foolish with their money.
I have always been someone who never minded going to the dentist, but now I enjoy it a "little bit" more because it's more affordable! My experience with DentalPlans.com has been very satisfying and I have every intention of renewing my plan in the future.
Theresa H. - Melrose Park , IL - 06/01/2008
I joined DentalPlans.com about a month ago. My boyfriend's mother has been a member for years and recommended that I take a look at the website. I was so surprised at the low cost of the plan, as well as my very low out of pocket payments for the services provided. I thought this was too good to be true, but I joined anyway.
When I called, I spoke to the friendliest and very informative customer service representative who made me feel so comfortable and confident in the plan. I had my Membership Card not in days, hours or minutes, but in seconds! The dentist I wanted to use is a participating provider and so close to home. I made an appointment and let them know that I had this plan. They were very aware of the plan and made me an appointment for the next day.
I had been having some discomfort on a tooth for some time and like so many, put off seeing the dentist, knowing that it would cost a fortune. I was welcomed to the dentist by a very friendly staff. I was a little concerned as I was on my lunch break and the waiting room was packed. I was assured that I would be in and out in one hour. Just minutes later, I was seen by the dentist, explained the problem and was taken for an x-ray. The dentist could find no problem and suggested a home remedy rather than an expensive procedure or any other type of treatment.
When the treatment was finished I went to the counter to pay for the service and could not believe my out of pocket cost for all of the services I received was only $39.00! I went back to work and said, “OK, I just saw the dentist and had an x-ray, how much do you think it was?” They guessed between $125.00 and $200.00. They were all astonished and asked how that could be. I printed out the information and circulated it in the office. I cannot begin to tell you how happy and satisfied I am with the entire process of signing up, the dentist visit and the unbelievable savings.
Terence B. - Elizabeth City , NC - 06/01/2008
Shortly after I retired from 21 years of military service, I was faced with a decision as to whether I would commit to a retiree's dental insurance or buy dental insurance from another source. While at a military dental clinic getting a root canal done, before they stopped taking military retirees, I discussed it with the military dentist. He pointed out several things to consider, but I left there realizing that the standard military retiree dental insurance was not something that would benefit our family and our budget.
Facing that reality, my wife started doing some research into other options. That's when she discovered DentalPlans.com and the Uni-Care 200 program. The DentalPlans.com staff was awesome and made signing up for the program easy and painless. Additionally, they have since been helpful and informative when we've needed guidance or had questions.
Since signing up for the program, we've used it extensively and can happily report a huge cost savings for our family. Apart from the normal cleanings and exams, we've had fillings, extractions, and even a crown done at a fraction of the cost when comparing to monthly insurance premiums, cost shares, etc.
Our service dentist under the program is great and even worked closely with our daughter's orthodontist for the work she needed separate and apart from the orthodontic treatment. Our experience has been so positive, that we have referred many military retiree families who did not want to pay costly insurance premiums to DentalPlans.com.
All who signed up have been extremely pleased with the service and cost savings. I have, and will continue to recommend DentalPlans.com and their plans to everyone who will benefit from, and wants the security of, a discount dental plan without the costly commitment of dental insurance.
Thanks, from a very satisfied and continuing customer.