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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

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Jim D. - Tucson , AZ - 06/01/2008

My new crowns are the proof! Smile! Your website was easy to navigate.

The comparison chart was excellent! We were sent our Membership Card via email. Our dentist’s office setup an appointment with ease. We were pleased that our dentist was a former “Flying Samaritan”, a volunteer dentist for underprivileged children. This shows that your dentists are not only professionals, but are also team players in the world.

The office, decorated in a summer green, was inviting on a sweltering Tucson day. Not only was the office green and cool, but it was also meticulously clean! And, of course, it was inspected from head to toe by my RN wife. The procedures were explained clearly and the anesthesia was very effective.

My dental evaluation was very complete! My treatment plan was to have a crown replacement and a new crown. Later, my wife called about which of her teeth needed more attention. The explanation given was concise and professional. This extra attention helped me to improve my dental health.

Lastly, we called one of your service reps. He was friendly and helpful. He went the extra mile and I called his supervisor with accolades.

Yes, we recommended this plan to several friends at the health club and in our community. is the way to go.

Nancy S. - Rancho Santa Margarita , CA - 06/01/2008

I'm more than happy to tell my story of using I had no dental insurance through work so I signed up for the discount dental plan a few years ago for myself and my family. I was truly amazed at what great discounts I received!

With the plan, I paid less than $60 for a thorough dental cleaning, and even had a root canal and crown and paid 1/3 of the normal fee! My entire family could now afford to take care of their teeth. They offer discounts on everything, including x-rays.

This year, I received a dental insurance HMO plan through my employment. I went to a dentist that was listed on my HMO plan and my charge was $250 to get my teeth cleaned! To add insult to injury, he now wants another $2,000 for other work he says I need! If this is how dental insurance is these days, I am going back to!

I would highly recommend the discount dental plan and I do to all of my friends, family and co-workers. If you just have one dental procedure a year it will pay for itself, let alone just a few cleanings!

The dentist I went to is very cooperative and prefers these plans over insurance plans, as there are no forms to fill out. They have a set schedule of charges, so there is nothing to work out; they just look at a chart. In fact, my dentist has pretty much stopped accepting health insurance since this is a much better plan. There are a lot of dentists that accept the plans so you don't have to leave the area that you live or work in to find a dentist. I'm so glad I discovered Dental Plans!

Tom and Judy C. - Tomahawk , WI - 06/01/2008

Do you need a discount dental plan? Are you tired of paying full fees out of pocket? Well, so were we when we found What a relief. My wife and I needed a number of procedures done besides the routine 6 month cleanings. The procedures would cost us too much so we were putting it off.

Then we found and a plan that was fit for us. There were a number of dentists in the area that accepted this discount dental plan, so we joined. We were off and running, to the dentist that is. We had our cleanings, fillings, build-ups, and crowns.

No questions were asked, and the discounted rates were applied on the spot. Yes, we are happy that we found and you will be too. All you have to do is type it in, choose a plan that’s right for you, choose a dentist, and you will be off and running too. Thanks You made us smile again.

Katrina Z. - Downers Grove , IL - 06/01/2008

My friend is HIV positive. Because of the medicine he takes for his illness, his teeth have been ruined. My friend could not get any health insurance. The only medical help he could get was through the state of Nevada, and they were not sure if they could help him concerning his dental health.

He began to have a lot of pain. It was so painful that he would overload on pain meds to help him sleep at night. I knew I had to find something so I could help him. I turned to and they were wonderful.

He is not rich and neither am I, but I knew that I would do anything for him. After all, he was my friend, and it hurt me to see him in so much pain. The total bill came to almost $8000.00- yes $8000.00. That is what his HIV medicine did to his teeth. If it wasn't for, the bill would have been close to $15,000.00. I can't tell you how thankful I am to you and your wonderful staff.

I appreciate all that you have done. My friend now has healthy teeth, and he goes for check ups every 6 months, which include a cleaning, and I still get a break.

Thank you so much. I can't tell you how much your plan means to me.

Lisa L. - Farmington , NY - 06/01/2008

We were a family of six who had no dental insurance and lots of teeth to take care of. To visit the dentist for a cleaning, we would have to save up around $700.00! Then, if work needed to be done, we were forced with the expense of that.

It wasn't until my husband needed a root canal and crown done that we were forced to switch dentists because they carried a plan that allowed us to charge $2,000 interest free, as long as we paid it back within the year. We used the plan for one year until we found out we needed to apply for the credit every year. Our dental office suggested we check out It sounded too good to be true!

For our entire family, it was only going to cost us under $200.00 for a year of discounted dental care! We were skeptical but decided to give it a try. We were hooked after the first visit to the dentist! We had our $700.00 put aside just in case the plan was too good to be true. After our cleanings were done, we looked at our bill. We had saved nearly 50%. We only owed around $350.00 for our visits! We were so excited! We saved so much money and we were able to buy a recliner with the leftover money we had saved!

I still do not understand how does it. I mean, we paid under $200 for our plan and saved around $300 in our first visit! I have got to say that if it were not for, our family would not be able to afford routine dental visits! Thank you for allowing my children to get the dental care they deserve at a reasonable price! is for everyone, even people who already have dental insurance. I don't understand why everyone out there is not doing this! It's one of the best decisions we have made for our family! Thank you!

Jean Q. - West Allis , WI - 06/01/2008

I joined in order to save some money on my dental care bills. This is exactly what happened. I have saved approximately 40% on many of the dental procedures I have had recently, but most importantly, there are no annual limits. I like the plan and feel it is a cost-saving program. Thank you for offering this to those of us who typically would not have access to dental insurance.

Sheri L. - Tallahassee , FL - 06/01/2008

My family consists of 2 young boys, ages 4 and 7, and my husband and I. For a long time we were uninsured and not covered by a discount dental plan. My husband is self-employed and I work part-time. I found that it was impossible to find dental insurance for our family that would cover a pediatric dentist. We just paid the bills at the pediatric dentist as they came and cringed at the absurd prices each time.

A crucial turning point for me was when my older son was seen by our pediatric dentist to find that he had a cavity that had decayed to the point of being painful; we were advised by our previous dentist that this tooth would fall out and that there was no need to fill it. It turned out that the tooth had to be capped and was a tooth that was not set to fall out for another 3 years.

One ugly silver cap and $600 later, I decided it was time to find some sort of discount dental plan. It also seemed that the pediatric dentist could charge whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, and each time we would visit I would see others paying $25 for a service that I was being billed $300 or more for because we were uninsured. This pediatric dentist also had a knack of making me feel like a horrible mother for letting my child’s tooth decay, even though I was not able to afford his outrageous prices.

After leaving his office one day in tears, I discovered and found that for less than $200 a year our family could have dental care by a plan that made preventive dentistry, cleanings and fillings affordable. We found a wonderful family dentist and have since been able to limit our dentistry costs for the whole family to around $300 a year, plus the plan fee.

I have also referred to my sister-in-law and family, and they were surprised at how easy it was to sign up and how quickly they too began to see savings on their family’s dental expenses. Thank you for making dental services and discounts available to the average working family who always wants to do what is best for their family but previously could not afford to.

Jerrold R. - Willingboro , NJ - 06/01/2008

This is my third year with the discount dental plan. The first year I saved well over 2000 dollars using my plan. My dental work included an upper plate and some other major dental work. The second year my savings were not quite that much but pretty much the same. I would never want to be without a discount dental plan.

Tabitha R. - Rowlett , TX - 06/01/2008

My family and I do not have dental insurance. I was told by my general dentist that I needed periodontal surgery. I knew this was a very expensive procedure. I went to a consultation with a periodontist. I was given a quote of $5000.00 for the procedure. I had no choice but to schedule the procedure and figured I would worry about how I was going to pay for it once the appointment date got closer.

That same day, after the consultation, I went to my office and began doing research on discount dental plans. I found and signed up for $79.99. Later that day, I called the periodontal office and told them I had joined the plan. They immediately informed me that my procedure would only cost $4000.00. By spending $79.99, I saved ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!!

Lowell B. - Saint Charles , IL - 06/01/2008

Good morning. At the end of last year, I left my job to go into business for myself. I also left behind my company's dental plan. Seeing as my wife stays home to provide all the care for our two daughters, aged 4 and 1, we were looking for an affordable plan that would still provide us with the level of care we were accustomed to back when I worked in corporate America.

After spending a ton of time researching the numerous discount dental plans available to small business owners, I came to the conclusion that the Careington Annual Family Plan was right for me and my family. We chose this plan because we were still able to use our dentist that we had a great relationship with, and the discounts under this plan were fantastic.

Since we joined at the end of February, we have been to the dentist 4 times; 3 times for routine cleanings, and once for a cavity to be filled. Our Careington plan has already saved us $289. This is $129 more than we originally paid for the plan, and we still have over 10 months remaining on the plan!

The transition from my employer's dental plan to Careington was absolutely seamless -- our discounts were applied the very first visit we made after purchasing the plan. I would absolutely recommend, and in particular the Careington Family Plan. Thank you so much!

Dorothy F. - Annapolis , MD - 06/01/2008

I am an 81-year-old female who has had dental visits every three months for 40+ years because of periodontal disease. We won't talk about visits for extractions, partials, etc. When my husband was working, we had dental insurance and I had the expensive work done then.

After retirement, the company insurance was no more. As the years progressed, my partials were not fitting and more work was needed on my permanent teeth. Costs had become astronomical. So, being a web surfer, I found Bless the day!

The exciting thing about it was that I could find in which plans my dentist, oral surgeon, and periodontist were part of, and that for annual charges (very nominal) I was able to match plans with providers and not have to look for providers that matched plans.

On top of that, there was NO paper work to be submitted. Their offices have an annual charge recognition list furnished by each plan which they honor. In most of my visits, I saved easily around 40% of what the charge would have been. And, of course, my husband is in the plan also; we have a family plan.

As a consequence, I have had new partials that don't fall out or rattle around, necessary teeth removed, periodic cleanings, etc., that have helped my overall health and appearance without making us paupers!!! I can even send a "before" and "after" shot of my mouth that illustrates what I've been able to have as a result of!!!

Shirley N. - Omaha , NE - 06/01/2008

My husband and I have been members for 3 years, and we are so happy that we found your plan. We are both retired and we do not have dental insurance. Your plan began immediately after we joined, which was such a good thing for us.

I had to have some bridge work done soon after, which was expensive. Your plan helped me so much with this bill, and it helped more ever since then. My husband and I also had to have some partials which made your plan a Godsend.

I have gotten other people, including my family, involved with this plan as well. Everyone is delighted with the results. I would recommend it to anyone! Everyone who has chosen your plan has been so pleased! We have the Careington Select Plan and are so happy that we found you on the Internet!! Thanks again for being there for all of us.

Robbie L. - Tavares , FL - 06/01/2008

I am a Hurricane Katrina survivor, a New Orleans native (over 50 years), and a new resident of Florida. Having relocated to Central Florida after losing my home and business, it was difficult getting back on my feet. There were many people here in Tavares who helped me with a place to stay, furniture, and emotional support. We restarted our business here in Florida, and rented a home.

As I settled in, I found that I needed a lot of dental work and found the prices here a bit higher. Joining your discount dental plan made it possible for me to afford to get the work started. I was able to get on my way to completing all the necessary dental care.

The dentist I chose had left the office where I called, but the dental office had all of their dentists sign on to your plan. The service at our new dental office is excellent and professional. I couldn't be happier with my dental experience.

Your plan and the dental office's accommodations made my life a great deal easier! You both were a Great Choice! My thanks for saving me money and energy getting my life back on course! I have recommended your discount dental plan services to several new friends.

Debra B. - Malden , MA - 06/01/2008

I chose by Internet. I did a search on Google and found your website. It was very simple and self-explanatory. You can make comparisons between the plans and see which dentist each plan has available.

I joined on Friday, and four days later, I went to the dentist. I was surprised with the amount that I saved which was over $200.00. I went only for a check-up. I had full mouth x-rays, a cleaning, and I paid $60.00. My husband had full mouth x-rays, a cleaning and filling, and he paid $90.00.

I strongly recommend to everyone. The office was modest, but the professional staff was good. I would rate the overall experience a 9.

Roger K. - Ramsey , NJ - 06/01/2008

I was facing expensive dental procedures for myself and my mom. I decided to join after a search on the Internet. I looked over the plans and could see the savings in the quoted prices.

About 5 years ago, I had a root canal with a local dentist in Wyckoff, NJ, and paid retail for the service. It cost me 900.00 dollars. Just a few weeks ago, under the Avia Dental plan through, my mom got a root canal done on a molar for 400.00 dollars. I had a porcelain cap put on a damaged tooth in my mouth for 625.00 dollars.

The savings are real and I appreciate it. Thank you,!

Noah C. - Hanover , PA - 06/01/2008

My previous dentist was a quack. I had a tooth destroyed from a root canal in which he broke an endodontic file. Now, I have and I am in very capable hands!!!! Thank You!

Vanessa K. - Walnut , CA - 06/01/2008

The reasons why I decided to start looking for a discount dental plan were: 1. my job does not offer dental coverage, 2. I love to eat sweets, and 3. my boyfriend wasn't working, but REALLY needed to see a dentist.

I signed up for an Avia Discount Dental Plan, and promptly made an appointment for myself. Thank goodness I did because it turns out that I needed treatment just as bad as my boyfriend did. I knew he needed a dentist because he complained of toothaches.

I, on the other hand had no pain; just a small spot on a front tooth to be filled. Anyway, after x-rays I was told I would need several root canals and fillings. It’s not like we didn't brush, because we brushed 1-2 times daily just like any one else. I am guilty of very infrequent flossing, though.

All I can say is that treatment would have never been possible at full cost with my income level and two troubled mouths in need of a dentist. I chose a great dentist and dental office. They are really the best, and so is Thank You!

Ronald I. - Fort Wayne , IN - 06/01/2008

Making money by surfing the Internet? Not really, but I can tell you how I was able to save THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS by surfing.

One day my wife plugged in “Dental Insurance” on a search engine. She wanted to do something about the way her teeth looked. We didn’t then, and still don’t have dental coverage in our insurance plan. She told me she had found this site she wanted me to check out - I looked at the site several times thinking “What kind of scam is this?” Finally, I decided to call and talk to someone. That was the call that changed my perception of, and totally changed our lives.

Both of us, coming from poor childhoods where neither family could afford braces for us as kids, had many dental issues, and it showed. My teeth looked like the “Billy-Bob” teeth you buy at Wal-Mart for kids to wear at Halloween, but mine were permanent. I learned to just keep my mouth shut so no one could see my teeth. She had a broken front tooth that was “half-jacked” repaired by someone when she was younger, but it wasn’t a good repair. We both wanted a change.

The customer service rep I had talked to told me how was not insurance, but a discount dental plan. The plan has No Deductibles, No Co-Pays, No Maximum Limit, and I can use it on Day One!!!!

Just to make a test run before I spent $179 for a family plan, I made an appointment at a local dentist office that accepted the plan. I took advantage of the free consultation that the dentist offered. I went in and got a treatment plan and an itemized estimate of what is would take to put me into some new “Pearly Whites”. I was astonished- $6300!!!!! I knew it would be expensive, but I didn’t realize how much.

I then took my itemized list of prices and compared it to the list of services that my plan covered. I knew I had done something wrong because I had calculated my savings to be $2000.

I called the dentist’s office and scheduled a time to come in and talk to their office manager. I took the price sheet with me and told them I was getting ready to join a plan. I wanted for them to recalculate my cost using the plan savings. Well, just as I thought, I WAS wrong on my calculations. I actually was able to save over 50% OFF! My new cost was $3050!!!! WOW. So of course, I immediately signed up for a plan and got the ball rolling.

My wife went in to do the same thing and she saved 50% as well. We both had extractions, cleanings, and partial dentures. She had whitening and a bridge as well. saved us over $6000 for the cost of $179- one heck of an investment.

We tell everyone we know about, and we are so much happier and better looking with our new teeth. Our family is astounded by the change. Just to do so, we took pictures of our teeth before and after so we can remember what a dramatic change made in our lives.

This was a new dentist to us, and they are great - they treat us like family. I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone.

Janet G. - Astoria , NY - 06/01/2008

One of my biggest concerns after being laid off from my job a few years ago was how I was going to be able to maintain good oral health in the future .My group insurance plan had run out. Soon after my lay-off, as luck would have it, I started to experience some oral problems that needed attention.

I went on the Internet to see if there was any plan out there that would be affordable to me. As luck would have it (this time GOOD luck!) I found I was amazed at the various choices of plans they offered, and I was delighted to see that my current dentist was part of the plan that I had chosen to join.

I have told several others about and have even signed up my nephew under my same plan now that he is residing in the same household. By the way, the staff that I spoke with on the phone was also very courteous and helpful with my renewal process. I will continue to share my findings with others. Thank you!

Adrienne I. - East Nassau , NY - 06/01/2008

I couldn’t be any happier since joining the Affordable Family Health Services Plan. I had a chipped front tooth. I’m on disability and so I could not afford the $900 to $1000 for the cap. I didn’t want it filed down because I would lose some ability to chew. So, I looked up the list of providers, called them one-by-one, and made a decision. I found a wonderful dental office. They have been very helpful and supportive. Even though I have needed extra time to process, they have been very patient and thorough in their explanations.

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