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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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Joan S. - Virginia Beach , VA - 10/01/2008

My husband and I are retired and decided to purchase the Aetna Dental Access Plan in December, 2007. We have been extremely pleased with the price reductions on the porcelain crowns, periodontal maintenance and surgical extractions that we both needed. The money we have saved on these procedures has more than justified the cost of our discount dental plan. With the high cost of dental insurance and deductibles, I would recommend the Aetna Dental Access Plan to anyone - no deductibles and an unbelievably low yearly membership fee!

Ron R. - Plain City , UT - 10/01/2008

I recently renewed the Aetna Dental Access plan that I purchased through for my daughter. She is a 27-year old office manager whose employer doesn't offer dental insurance or discount plans. This plan has truly been a blessing to us because it helped her get her dental health back, and it gave me peace of mind that I'm doing my best as a loving father. When she was growing up, Jackie had always taken care of her teeth, brushing regularly and getting checkups every six months, but when she turned 23 my employer sponsored health insurance no longer covered her on the policy.

After moving out of our home, Jackie neglected her dental care due to lack of funds and no insurance. She told me that she was in a lot of pain and I started researching dental plans. Her dentist had told her that she needed over $3,500 worth of treatments, including root canals and crowns. The comparison charts on your website were easy to use and the Aetna Dental Access Plan even had her current dentist on the list. The plan has saved her a lot of money, and I am sure it has paid for itself ten fold. I would highly recommend to concerned parents everywhere and to anyone who would like to save money on dental procedures.

Ruth J. - Hot Springs , AR - 10/01/2008

Since my employer doesn't offer dental or vision insurance coverage, I started shopping online for the best deals. I visited various insurance sites, only to find out that they wouldn't cover the root canal I needed. In one instance, there was a 12-month waiting period for a root canal! The premiums were ridiculous, and often the contracts were hard to understand.

My dentist outlined a treatment plan that exceeded $5,000; none of the insurance plans I found would cover that much in a year and I would have to put most of my treatment off until 2009. If I met my deductible and paid the premiums and tried to wait until next year, then the insurance plan would pay their part. Even then, I had a hard time finding an insurance that would cover the veneer I needed for a broken tooth. They called it a "cosmetic" treatment, and it wasn't covered under most plans. I needed help reducing costs, and I needed it fast. I searched for discount dental plans instead and ran across a listing for, a site that sells many different plans. The site also lays them out for you to compare and shop logically.

I purchased a 12-month discount dental plan from Aetna called Vital Savings. It combines discounts for dental treatment and vision service. I didn't know there was such a thing.

I also got a free three months added on as a special. So far, I have spent $2,200 out of my own pocket and saved $1,800. I get the treatment I need when I need it, without waiting periods, deductibles, or confusing contracts. I can use the discount as often as I want, with no limit. This discount plan has made my seemingly impossible $5,000 treatment plan quite doable, without having to gamble on insurance or put it on a credit card. I plan to get the final treatment, the veneer, as a Christmas present to myself. After the first of the year, I will get an eye exam and a new pair of glasses with my discount. I couldn't be happier with my decision and I highly recommend this website.

Maria G. - Somersworth , NH - 10/01/2008

I haven't had dental insurance for several years and I have put off getting even minor procedures done because of the high cost of dental care. Even preventative care, like cleanings, were just too expensive to have done on a regular basis.

Two years ago, I broke a tooth eating popcorn. I used all sorts of over-the-counter remedies to relieve the pain and even tried to use a dental cement kit to fix it myself. It only got worse and as a result, I ended up with not only a broken tooth, but TMJ (from changing how I ate so as not to aggravate the broken tooth) and needing a root canal.

The pain in my jaw was excruciating and sent me to the emergency room, where I was told to see my dentist immediately. I promised I would, but explained to one of the nurses that I had no dental insurance. She suggested I go online, she had heard of dental discount plans that were inexpensive and would probably be just what I needed.

I immediately looked up discount dental plans online and found as well as several others. I read everything I could find and kept going back to The rates and programs were affordable and better yet, my dentist was a participating dentist in the Aetna plans. I didn't want to get my hopes up, so I waited until the morning and called my dentist's office. Much to my surprise, they accepted it.

I had been putting off getting this tooth fixed for two years because, without insurance, a root canal and crown would have cost me about $3,000. I was trying to wait until next year after getting my tax refund back so I could afford it.

Instead of the $3,000 I was expecting to pay, with the plan I chose, my cost was a little more than $1,600. I called my dentist's office and scheduled an appointment. The offending tooth is now halfway fixed, and the rest of my dental problems will be fixed very soon. I can't imagine having to wait another four months to even begin having this work done!

Thank you! Without you, I would still be waiting.

Phyllis B. - Pearland , TX - 10/01/2008

My sister claims she has the best dentist in the world. After listening to my sister go on and on about her dentist, I had my wife research him and find out all she could. She found out that he's very highly recommended and getting appointments with him are difficult because he has such a huge practice. She also found out that he honors the Aetna Dental Discount Plan. So my wife secretly took out the Aetna plan and booked an appointment for me to get my teeth cleaned.

I've now had two appointments with him and I am thrilled. I'm so glad I have the Aetna Dental Discount Plan because that and a caring dentist is the best team when it comes to my health!

Robin - Warwick , RI - 11/01/2008

This is a great plan for my family. We save a lot of money every year - average around $800.00. We pay $169.00 per year for the plan and it pays off.

I also sell the plans as an affiliate for this company.

Sharon W. - San Antonio , TX - 05/01/2008

My best friend happened to call the night before my dental appointment while I was in the middle of my major health plan brochure trying to find out how much it was going to cost me to have a crown replaced. I was already in a lot of pain.

As I was relating my dismay to my friend, she asked me if I ever heard about which she signed up for a year ago. She said she saved a lot on every visit to the dentist, and said the dentist she recommended to me accepted the plan she was on.

I immediately went online and signed up just in time to get approved for the discount dental plan under Vital Saving by Aetna. The very first visit I saved over $300, which more than paid for the cost of the annual plan.

I am thrilled with the dentist she recommended (just 3 miles from my house). He's the best dentist I've ever been to and has the most courteous staff. His office environment is quiet, peaceful, and he has a feather touch, so I almost feel nothing when he is treating me. I highly recommend to friends and even strangers while waiting in checkout lines. I couldn't be happier and my smile looks better than ever for more reasons than one.

Daniel P. - Mesa , AZ - 05/01/2008

I joined the Avia Dental Plan after my wife retired and we were without dental coverage. I could not believe the price for the plan and the savings I received. It was so easy to join and find a dentist close to our home. I have had several appointments and the care I have received is great. The cost of the treatments is just as quoted in my plan.

This is by far better than the plan I was on before. The cost is dramatically less. I would recommend this plan to anyone. You can’t afford not to have dental care at these prices.

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 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

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.

Thank you.

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 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 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 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 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 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

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! You have been a great help to me.

Ben A. - Middletown , NJ - 07/01/2008

I would like to tell you of my experience with 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 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 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, 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 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! made regular dental care affordable again!

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