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.
22 ‘DentalPlans.com’ Reviews
THIS IS A BAIT AND SWITCH COMPANY. They offer plans that promise free cleanings and when you see the dentist, not one dentist on the list will do the free cleaning. All will say that a deep cleaning is needed just to get some business. They make promises that they cannot deliver and will not refund money. They automatically charge your credit card for each following year without your permission. The only way to get this stopped is to sign up on their site and change that option. I only picked one star because they would not give NO stars as an option. RUN FROM THIS COMPANY AND DON'T GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY."
I am an Endodontist (root canal dental specialist). My name is on dentalplans.com as a provider for 5 different plans. I was never asked if I would agree to these discounts. They put my name as a provider without my knowledge. The EXAMPLE fees listed are only an EXAMPLE. There is no third party to regulate the discount. Is it 5%, 10%, 20%, 50%. Does the Dentist go off of the negotiated accepted fees by that insurance company? I do not participate in ANY discount plan. The saying “too good to be true” applies here……You have been scammed. What would your dentist say if you offered him $130 every January for a 10% discount for all treatment needed in that coming year?........ What would your dentist say if you offered him $130 every January for a 20% discount for all treatment needed in that coming year?........... What would your dentist say if you offered him $130 every January for a 50% discount for all treatment needed in that coming year? If your dentist would not accept the money directly why would he accept this discount plan when he does not see any of the membership fee.
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.