Does Really Work?

Does work? says it can provide alternatives to having dental insurance. It claims to be able to do this buy using the power of numbers, allowing dentists to offer discounts because of the larger volume of patients they see. But is this really a win-win situation?

Few people enjoy going to the dentist, and it can sometimes be even worse when you have to pay a lot out of pocket for it. Carrying dental insurance can be expensive, and many employers don’t include it in their basic health care coverage. If you have found yourself without dental coverage and in need of a dentist visit, you’re probably dreading it even more and would find a lot of relief if you knew it wasn’t going to cost an arm and a leg.

The Claim is one of a number of websites that say if you pay their annual fee you’ll be privy to deals on dental work that aren’t available to everyone. They say you’ll be able to start using your membership immediately, which is nice for those with a pressing problem that needs immediate attention.

The Hype
Anytime the claim is made for a good amount of savings there is some inherent hype. At the root of us all is the desire to get a deal and save money, so when that’s what’s being offered it speaks to us. No one likes the idea of paying more than someone else for the same item, whether that be a t-shirt or a root canal.

The Cost
They have plans that start at $75 a year, and then you’ll have to pay for whatever work you’re having done at the dentist. The examples they give on typical dental procedures show that you can save a considerable amount of money, but this is not like insurance where everything is covered and you just have a co-pay, or where you pay up front and then get reimbursed, the prices shown are what you’ll have to pay out of pocket.

The Commitment
You aren’t obligated to use the service once you sign up for it, and you can choose to use it as much as you want depending on what you need done.

They provide you with a list of pre-approved dentists so that you don’t have to worry about which ones accept their plan and which don’t. According to their own promo video they are liked by dentists as well as their members because members get the savings, but dentists get paid more by doing more procedures. The dental industry is pretty competitive, with dentists vying for clients just as eagerly as lawyers, and anything that brings them more business is looked upon as a great service.

It only makes sense that a dentist would be able to provide a discounted rate, because they won’t be waiting around for the insurance company to pay the claim, they’ll be getting cash on the spot so a service that provides them with additional cash on hand is definitely welcome. For the consumer it’s nice to know that you are actually able to get reduced rates without having to haggle with the dentist, which would just be awkward.

Final Review is getting our Solid Try rating, as they do a good job of keeping things clear and simple, and laying out the differences between the plans they offer. It doesn’t make sense not to go with a service like this if you don’t have dental coverage, because paying the listed rates that others are getting covered for means you’re paying a premium, and an inflated price. You shouldn’t think that you’ll be getting any less in regards to quality of service, because the dentist is still being well-paid for their time.

Our Recommendation
It’s a good idea to check out all of the different services before deciding on which one you want to go with. One other well-reviewed dental plan site is and you can read our full write-up on it to see if it makes more sense than this one. Be sure to drill down to your zip code so that you’re getting the most relevant information and can make the most accurate comparison.

What do you think? Does work or not?


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Casey February 5, 2016 at 3:06 am

I purchased the program on 1-29. I used it on 2-4 got an appointment to have 22 teeth removed and dentures.
It saved me $4,078. I am very
Impressed and grateful for 1Dental.

I highly recommend it for anyone that needs dental work and cannot afford it.


Louise October 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm

so how much did you actually pay?


Doris Swartz February 7, 2017 at 11:55 pm

Same here. Signed me and the hubby up , got some proceedures done, eye exams and we saved way more than I expected to see with this plan. I greatly appreciate the savings and plan to keep my membership over the years. One dental cleaning for the both of us saves us half the cost and that’s what we paid for 1 Dental so after only one visit, we broke even. From there one every bill is discounted, usually by 60%. Better than paying for a great insurance at a great cost and not needing any work done other than cleanings. Love it. THANKS 1 DENTAL. The Swartz’s


Eric G March 16, 2017 at 7:59 pm

Wasn’t sure about this when I first purchased it, but it worked exactly as described — you pay a bit up front (~$100), but it saves you ~50% over the list prices that dentists charge. It easily paid for itself on the first visit! Only downside is there are a lot of good dentists who don’t accept it, so it’s important to consider whether they have the dentists you want. But it’s very easy to use, works immediately, and can save you a lot of money!


Stephen March 19, 2017 at 9:11 pm

The Careington plan from 1Dental has saved my family thousands on root canals, bridge work, crowns…it’s a real lifesaver.


Mary-Lou Rizzo May 26, 2017 at 2:31 pm

I went in the first 30 days to make sure it worked while I could still cancel. I bought 4 years for the cost of 3. The dentist’s assistant brought me back a bill for $1,600.oo. I was shocked and asked “This is the price after my discount?” There was an error. After the year applied the discount I paid $689.oo. I got my initial investment back more than 2x. I am a believer.


Cheryl emerson September 17, 2018 at 6:19 pm

I pd 72 dollars for a tooth to be pulled. Another dentist I went to wanted 189 to pull the same tooth. I saved pretty good


Emily Smith November 11, 2018 at 5:23 pm

Where can I use this dental insurance? ..I’m in Beaumont, Texas


Kelly Richardson February 6, 2019 at 1:34 am

Claims to save you money, maybe it does elsewhere… The dentists in my area on their list give a courtesy discount of $50 to $100, but nothing more. Complete waste of money in my book.


The 1Dental Team May 20, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Hi Kelly! We’re sorry you had that experience. There should never be a “courtesy discount” situation with an in-network dentist. The dentists are under contract to give certain discounted prices for specific dental procedures. For example, with our Careington Care 500 plan, the exact prices you see for your zip code are what you will pay for those procedures. Many members report saving more than what the plan cost for the entire year in just one or 2 visits. If you run into any issues in the future, please give our customer care team a call at 855-329-6305. One of the things we’re here for is to help clear up any questions or discrepancies that our customers might run into at the dentist’s office. Thank you!


Timothy Hendricks May 26, 2019 at 3:20 am

I use Caroline smile in bevard NC 28712 do they use this and could I save money with them they are the only one’s I trust with my teeth.


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