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You save maybe 10% at best (RIPOFF)
"You save literally nothing. My cleaning and xrays were $200 at the dentist, which was only $220 without insurance. I only saved $10 on a $180 filling and $10 on a $200 filing. I figure I save $40 over the year and paid $120 for the plan. Get real dental insurance and you'll save real money. This discount plan is a ripoff. In my case, Cigna made $120 off of me for nothing."
Looks great at first but too good to be true
"I cancelled within 2 weeks since there was a mix up with my employer insurance since they said no at first and then yes i have insurance with them. So called to cancel with dentalplans within 2 weeks of signing up and they said its their policy to charge $20 admin fee. That wasnt mentioned to me when I signed up and I havent use 1 bit of their plan. I dont think I will use this company again since who knows what other hidden charges, etc I will be charged. So thanks but no thanks. I hope people who reads this post will try so see I am real person and when I say be very careful dealing with this company they will take my advice into consideration."
Big money saver - just do your homework
"I bought the Careington Care 500 series, which came to $165 (including fees) for the year. I needed a crown which would have cost me $1,000 since my insurance is only preventative coverage. With the discount plan I paid $562, so huge savings. I read some bad reviews about certain things not being covered and dentists listed who do not accept the discount plan as the site claims they do, so before I bought the plan I did my homework. I called my dentist make sure they accept the plan. I also asked for the exact ADA/procedure codes of the procedures I needed to get done, and then called Dental Plans to make sure they were covered. It all checked out to my delight.I would highly recommend this discount plan. Just Don't forget to tell your dentist your member ID number when you make the appointment, and make sure the procedures you need to have done are covered, it's pretty simple. I still have to get a post and crown on another tooth, which will be about $160 and $560 respectively with the discount plan. (about $1,500 without it) I don't know how I would have been able to pay for all of this dental work without the plan. I also read that they will renew your subscription without asking and just charge your card, so I made sure I logged into my account, went into "renewal preferences" and selected the "contact me prior to my renewal" option. The only bummer is that I just checked, and the plan I bought last week is now 20% off. I wish I knew or I would have waited a week! I doubt they will do anything for me, but just to make sure, I'm going to call and see if they will reimburse part of it. You never know!"
"I don't usually write reviews, but feel obligated to balance the negative reviews here. We are starting our second year of Careington Family Plan - $200/year - So far we have saved about 3x that. My dentist recommended the Careington plan so I knew he took it. The savings on the crown I had that year paid for the Careington plan. A local well-reviewed eye practice also takes it - that saved us some money. I was referred to a periodontist - he also participates, saved $400 on that procedure. So far it seems like a reasonable plan, not a rip-off. Personally, I think we should have universal health care including dental but since we don't I'll settle for Careington."
"What a bunch of liars and fools have written these bad reviews. I have been with dental plans.com for over 12 years. I had to switch plans a couple of times due to moves but never had a problem finding a dentist to accept the plan I had. The bill was always what was listed on the website. The dentist office has the same list and go by it. So either their dentist his a crook or as I said before the bad review writers are either idiots or liars."
"DentalPlans.com is, in my opinion, a scam. They must make money off the non-refundable $20.00 processing fee. I called them the next day and asked to cancel it and get a refund. They said my dentist took iDental and had her name on their list. She does not take it. I called a couple others and they didn't either. None had ever heard of it. I wasn't thinking clearly when I signed up for this. I just went to someone my former dentist referred me to and paid out of pocket. I hope to be back on a good plan soon through a new job. I just was trying to find a discount service in the interim that would start immediately. I have learned my lesson. The representative who signed me up over the phone even sounded like she was snickering at one point. I should have listened to my gut. Tooth pain makes you do stupid things. I've learned my lesson. ANYTHING you are going to buy or sign up for - look online first and see what you find out. Whether it's insurance, or a new apartment, etc. And call the dentists FIRST to see if they take it before you sign up for it. In my opinion this is a scam. One of the offices I called told me another discount plan that they take so do your research and you may find a legitimate plan. Or find a reputable insurance plan to sign up for that isn't too expensive. You might have to wait a month for it to start depending on what day of the month you call. Maybe if you sign up before the 15th you can start the next month. I'd rather pay out of pocket and go to a good dentist than get a discount from an iffy unknown entity. Don't sign up with DentalPlans.com until you do some research online and call dentists that you want to go to first to see if they take it."
"My advice - contact your dentist first and ask them what plans they accept and what the fees will be for each plan. It may take some time and you may feel obligated to take your dentist or administrator out to lunch for taking up their time, but it will be worth it. DO NOT BELIEVE any costs shown on the DentalPlans.com site. These are either teaser, bait-and-switch rates or they are obsolete. Only then will you know the true cost of the plan and what your coverage will be."
"I thought I made a mistake because I purchased 1st without going to look at the reveiws. Once I saw the reviews on all the other sites it freaked me out so bad and I called back and asked a million questions! The rep that I spoke to was very helpful! Man to be honest I never write reviews or anything but he was so cool and explained everything so good it really helped sooth my nervousness about the company. I called my dentist, and the prices were EXACT! This saved me so much money man I can't even explain really. I went with Carrington 500, so I dont know about the other plans, but THIS plan is definitely legit! Very satisfied dude here."
"As a person that works for dental plans I'm obligated to say these are good plans but here's the thing they really are an people that say they are such horrible plans they are not depending on what your needs are is the plan we try to point you to different plans save you different money. Some plans are more pricey than others but that's only because they have so many extras attached to it. You can also purchase vision and hearing plans as well the Patriot plan does not give you free cleaning but it does give you free 6 months check ups an x-rays . An we do not mail out fee schedules cause each dentist has their own it would be impossible to send people every single one. That's your job to find the Ada billing code an follow up with our member care team to assist you . "
"This year I did not take insurance and took this plan just because of cost. It was really a bad decision. This is discount plan and I tried several doctors which we shown in the list on website but nobody accept this plan and provide any discounts. I tried customer care and mentioned that but they defended by saying doctors list may be old and they may have stopped accepting. Unfortunately, while selling this (CIGNA) plan, they convinced me only by showing my doctor in the list.In my opinion, insurance has been the best. And next year I will again switch back from this discount dental plan."
"I wish I would have seen these reviews before signing up with DentalPlans.com. Total ripoff!! They won't give you a fee schedule once you pay. The dentist can charge whatever they like and you have no recourse. You would be better off bringing in a coupon from McDonalds."
"What a rip-off! Stay away from this site. It does not deliver what it advertises. Before I purchased a discount plan from this site I called my dentist to be sure they participated and they said they did. The web site says you can get 15-50% savings. I purchased a plan called Vital Savings by Aetna. Went to dentist for 6 month cleaning and exam which has cost me $132 a visit for the last couple of years. With discount card I was hoping to save 20, 30 or 40%. (I am a realist, I didn't really expect to save 50%) When all was said and done, my savings - $16, which was only 12%. At that rate I won't even break even on the cost of the card. I called Dentalplans.com and they said my dentist had jacked up the price to minimize their loss from the discount card, but I know that isn't true because I've been paying $132 a visit without the card and that is what they charged with the card minus $16. So, buyer beware!!! "
"When I signed up for the Patriot Plan I saw that I was supposed to get a free cleaning. NOT! I went to get my daughter's teeth cleaned and expected to pay nothing, but they said it didn't show that under this plan. So I wrote them and told them that maybe I signed up under the wrong plan. It took them 4 days to get back to me after it says they will get back to you in 24-48 hours. They told me to call them to cancel if I wasn't happy. When I called they hand me over to a pain-in-the-butt sales rep. that kept trying to switch me to a more expensive plan, but didn't even have my dentist on it. I told her I wasn't interested and I wanted my money back. She just kept repeating the same thing over and over and then said she had to put me on hold and speak to her supervisor. I was on hold for 10 mins. and had to hang up. Then I went to look at my checking account online and saw she charged me for that other plan after I told her NO! They already had my account info, from when I signed up before and took it upon themselves to charge me without my consent. I wrote a nasty letter and didn't expect a thing, but eventually they refunded that amount. DON'T EVER GO THERE!!! THIS IS A WARNING!!"
"Cosmetically my smile is most important. This plan has saved me hundreds in my first visit to the dentist alone. Not only that I can use my CVS iSave plan at CVS too. Thank you!"
"My plan was so worth it! I saved on all of my routine maintenance and was even able to save on veneers to replace my two broker teeth! Without this plan, I would've paid at least $1000 out of pocket. With my plan, I paid less than half. I couldn't be happier."