DentalPlans.com is a site that offers discounted dental plans that you can use at any of their listed participating dentists. This is not a dental insurance policy so you can use the plan and the discounts as much as you need to without having yearly limits.
They have individual plans starting at $79.95/year and family plans starting at $129.95/year. There is also a special deal through their site for an additional three months for free. This plan can be used in combination with dental insurance policies to help pay for additional costs once your dental insurance maximum limits have been reached. They offer over 30 dental plans for over 100,000 dentists nationwide.
It is easy to sign up for a plan at DentalPlans.com and you can immediately use the printable discount card. With a dental plan membership you can save on routine checkups, cleanings, fillings, crowns, braces, root canals, oral surgery or dentures.
There are a few problems associated with this dental discount plan program. Many dentists don’t accept the plan, even though they have listed as a participating dentist. Another issue which may arise is the possibility of spending more for some dental services than what you would typically pay through an insurance plan. In addition, you cannot obtain any refunds for processed payments, there aren’t prorated refunds either. If you don’t cancel the plan, the automatic renewal system charges your credit card on file after your plan has expired.
Dental insurance is not that expensive and you never know when you may need an unexpected and unplanned procedure done. If you purchase dental insurance, without involving an agent who charges additional commission fees, you may be surprised at how affordable they truly are.
I got an email for renewal so I went on the website to message them and cancel it. They miraculously didn't get that email. They went ahead and charged me for the services again. I called today and still have to pay the processing fee for them not getting my email. Your $15 processing charge that doesn't get refunded is going to get spread a lot farther than the good news about your plans.
I agree with some of the above that they do mark up and I highly recommend doing your research first! Quite the hustle. :)
First of all to some previous reviewers: why would you sign up for a dental plan before checking on what dentists accept the plan??
I mean, CALL THE DENTIST and ask him!
Anyway, I was with DentalPlans.com for about 3 years. I had no problem with the discounts. However, about a month ago I needed a root canal and a crown, and when the root canal specialist said he did not accept the plan I had, I went looking for another, and found CIGNA Dental Discount plan, for $62 a year. It provided deep discounts on the root canal, and I also verified that my regular dentist accepted it, so of course I switched. NOW, here's the reason for my two-star rating. DentalPlans.com offers the CIGNA plan too, for $130 a year (give or take $5). If you buy it directly from CIGNA, it costs $62. Thats a 100% mark-up for dentalplans.com. In my book that is the scam.
I called my preferred dentist to verify that they accept the Cigna Plan that I intended to purchase. Yes, they accept that plan. However, they said the "sample" chart on DentalPlans.com was not accurate. The discount would be only 5% to 10%, not the almost 50% discount shown on the site's chart. So I called DentalPlans.com Customer Service and was told the chart is only an "example" and that each dentist determines the exact amount of discount they would actually offer. (My dentist offers another plan that costs 35% less that the Cigna Plan and gives me a flat 20% discount on any dental service, including cosmetic.) Buyer beware!
Though DentalPlans site shows info on many dentists that participate, I had my doubts so I've called and checked on the dentist's availability in my area before I signed up. Yes, most dentists did not participate like the site indicated, however, the one I found to be really caring and their prices definitely reflect what's mentioned on my plan:) I've had everyone's teeth cleaned for less than half the price I've paid to the previous dentist. Also, a few of my kids need braces so they not only gave me the list of orthodontists that participate in the plan (20% discount) but they also gave me $750 office referral coupon for each kid! The staff is more informative and helpful than the previous one....as I said, so far so good and I would definitely recommend it esp if you don't have dental insurance like me.
I signed up for a dental discount plan and it hasn't been a scam at all. Yes, you need to use a dentist who will accept the plan but I found one on the website, called to make sure they accepted the plan and began seeing that dentist. I've had a cleaning, filling and root canal done all at a discounted price.
I purchased the DenteMax Discount program through Dentalplans.com. I found it cheaper through other websites so make sure you shop around.
Dentalplans.com told me that my clinic accepted DenteMax Discount Program. My office would accept DenteMax Insurance but not the Discount program so it was useless to me.
I ended up getting my money back after several calls. But they do not refund you the 15$ service fee. So, I'm out 15$ and 2 hours or so of my time making phone calls.
I will also be complaining to BBB Only because they lied to me and said this program was accepted at my clinic.This company needs to research the dental providers that participate.
Do your self a favor and avoid this company! Paid for a dental plan that was supposed to provide discounts. I was never able to take advantage of any discounts because none of the dentists in my area participate, closest participating dentist was 5 hours away and had the worst reviews, so we stayed local. Getting a refund was next to impossible and then a year later my account was charged for the service I had long since canceled. Now they just took money out of my account without my authorization and its going to take 20 days to process the refund! I need to pay bills! Terrible customer service! Total rip off!
I'm not currently signed up due to the fact that I just couldn't afford to sign up again when it expired. But I WILL sign up again soon as I need more work done. For an individual plan I paid $105 for a year plus 2 or 3 free months. I will tell you that with what I had done, I saved over $500 and I was quoted a price BEFORE my dentist even knew that I had this plan. I think it's better than insurance for what I've used it for!
I joined this plan and contacted a couple dentists listed and got their prices on procedures I needed done. They were both priced considerably higher than the sample prices so I called them and they found me a dentist that did price exactly as the samples.
This has saved me 70% from the full priced dentists, and I have found a great new dentist. Also my old dentist said I needed quadrant cleaning at $750.00 with the discount, the new one said all I needed was a cleaning at $51.00. But had I needed the quadrant it would be $224.00!
They will use your credit card or debit card to bill you after you have called to cancel, watch out!!!!!
Was looking for a dentist, and called two in Boston that were listed at www.dentalplans.com. Neither seemed to know anything about the plans, nor did they honor the fixed "sample" fees touted by dentalplans.com.
DentalPlans.com is a scam!! Local dentist's in the area all say they did not sign up for such thing. These people are not providing any SERVICE or PLAN.