October 14, 2008

Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry

(Guest post by Helene Zemel)
With today’s cosmetic dental procedures, everyone can have a beautiful smile. A pleasant and healthy smile can help you feel confident and secure in social situations, and can even help you perform better at a job interview.

Previously many of these procedures were only available to the more affluent among us. Particularly in this economic downturn, cosmetic dentistry can seem like a luxury item. Even among the 30% of Americans who are lucky enough to have dental insurance, often procedures like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and even orthodontia are not covered by insurance. Here is where a dental discount plan can be helpful.

Unlike traditional dental insurance, a discount dental plan will provide discounts on all dental procedures, including cosmetic procedures and orthodontia. With a discount dental plan there are no annual limits, age limits, or waiting periods. Ongoing dental problems are accepted except for orthodontia already in progress. Typical savings range from 25% for work done by a dental specialist to 80% for exams. Most procedures are discounted between 50 – 70%, including cosmetic dentistry, if done by a general dentist.

When looking for an discount dental plan, be sure to look for a plan that offers a good choice of dentists in your area, is a member of the National Association of Dental Plans, and has an 800 customer service number. In addition, many dental plans offer value added services such as discounts on vision care, prescriptions, and chiropractic.

Helene Zemel, M.A., M.B.A. is a Senior Regional Sales Director for AmeriPlan USA. For more information visit: http://www.healthplansplus.net. For a discussion on healthcare issues and alternative medicine choices visit her blog at: http://www.healthplansplus.blogspot.com


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  1. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Dental emergencies don't happen too often, but if and when they do, immediate action.is often necessary.If you are in pain, this emergency dentist will aim to see you as soon as possible. emergency dentist often do it within an hour, but certainly within the day. Pretty rare for an emergency dentist in Sydney! Don't worry, emergency dentist is available almost any time, these guys are open evenings and even Sundays!
    Sydney Dentist

  2. Several dentists have payment plans that can make cosmetic dentistry more feasible for some people.


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