Category Archives: Clear Choice Second Opinions

Why I Backed Out of Clear Choice?

One woman’s experience with Clear Choice:

I was considering doing a dental implant procedure. I really wanted the best tooth replacement. However, my dentist indicated this procedure could take months. I saw an advertisement for Clear Choice. It talked about how much faster their procedure was. In fact, they said I could get it all over with in one day. That sounded appealing.

When I called, however, the sales tactic was pretty hard. While they gave me a price compatible with my dentists, they insisted I place a $1000 deposit down to hold that guaranteed price. Then I find out they expect me to remove healthy teeth in order to do their procedure. That worried me. I did some more research and discovered their procedure isn’t the “normal” dental implant procedure. Instead, Clear Choice does some kind of short-cut, which does save time, but will likely cost me in the long run–including some healthy teeth. No thanks.

Glad I did some more research.

Helen – Virginia

A Significant Drop In Price from Clear Choice

Clear Choice originally quoted me $53,000 for their procedure. I explained to them I’m a 67-year-old retired vet and don’t have any real money. They instantly dropped it to $29,000. Should I be suspicious? I went to some other dentists in the area, but they are refusing to remove the rest of my teeth, which are falling apart anyway. I’m not sure what to do.

Morgan – Atlanta

Morgan,

I am a little suspicious myself on their sudden drop in price. Usually, their sales tactics are rather strong. However, they have offered you an exceptional deal. My advice would be to go to the other dentists and tell them about your dental implants offer from clear choice. You may get them to come down in price as well.

I’m a little annoyed that they’re fighting you on removing your teeth. IF you were in your 20s, then yes, it would be prudent for them to warn you about the consequences of removing teeth. But, your teeth are falling apart anyway. They’ll have to come out soon enough anyway.

If they don’t cooperate, then you are always able to accept the Clear Choice’s offer.

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Where Can I Get Clear Choice Second Opinion?

I’m curious about getting Clear Choice second opinions. I am missing several teeth on my lower jaw, but they’re in pairs. Two on the left in back, then another two closer to the front, and another two in the same spot on the other side. They told me I wasn’t a candidate for their regular thing that they advertise and wanted me to replace every single tooth with a dental implant, to the tune of $20,000.  They wanted me to commit to it right then and there, but that’s a whole lot of money, so I told them I’d need to think about it. Now I’m wondering if this is really my only option. Is there a place that specializes in giving Clear Choice second opinions? If so, how do I go about finding one and what should I tell them about my initial quote? Is it better if they do it blindly or know what my prior experience was like?

Thanks,

Gabe

Gabe,

In your case, I would definitely recommend a second opinion. I’m not a fan of removing healthy teeth. If all your teeth were in bad shape, then they might have a case, but if your other teeth are healthy, it just sounds like they’re trying to fit you into their procedure.

When getting a second opinion, you generally don’t want to mention the other dentist or their recommendations, just in case they know each other. Sometimes it is hard for one dentist to go contrary to the opinion of another dentist, especially if they know one another. You won’t really have to worry about that with Clear Choice, because that is a different situation.

When it comes to replacing your teeth, there really are many options.

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Clear Choice is the cheapest estimate. Is this a red flag?

I went into Clear Choice and they dropped their price $30,000 after hearing I was on a fixed income. As amazing as this sounds, I have to wonder if I should beware. This price is literally half price when compared to all the other implant dentists that I have consulted with. I’m only in my sixties and my teeth are deteriorating.

-Phillip in North Carolina

Phillip,

It sounds like you have done a good job of exploring your options and seeking several opinions on your case. The main Clear Choice complaints revolve around the sales tactics used. Generally speaking, the doctors are qualified and will take care of you. So if feel a level of trust and have done your research, that is a huge cost savings.

That said, you need to ensure that all of these implant dentists are pricing the same services. There is such a large variance in treatment plans and philosophies when it comes to replacing teeth. Clear Choice has the reputation of removing all your remaining teeth and placing all-on-4’s. Is that what they are recommending for you? You do have a right to be suspicious with such a drastic drop in fees. Either they were overselling to begin with or they may have changed the treatment plan. If you have any doubt or concern, it’s likely for a reason. So, it can’t hurt to take their estimate and go back to the other implant dentists you’ve seen previously to see if they can compare in fees with this most recent treatment plan.

The big discrepancy here is whether or not, all of these quotes are planning to extract the remaining teeth or not. Have you expressed that you would like all your teeth removed since they are already falling apart? I think you will have a better handle on your options after ensuring that you are indeed comparing apples to apples.

Thank you for your question.

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Seems like Clear Choice is the cheapest option for implants.

I am a disabled Veteran so I’m on a fixed income. I need dental implants and went around town trying to find the best option. Clear Choice was by far the cheapest. I saw nearly five different dentists. Clear Choice was at $50K still, I told them my situation and they agreed to $30K. That’s more than half the cost than other dentists quoted me. I think I’m moving forward, but wondering if you’ve heard of complaints from Clear Choice? I have to take the most affordable option since there isn’t even a comparison at the fees they gave me compared to the others

-Michael

Michael,

Most Clear Choice complaints tend to revolve around their sales tactics. They don’t really offer too many options. Whenever someone is considering Clear Choice, it’s always wise to seek a second opinion. Well, for any type of dental implant procedure, it is always a great idea to seek a second opinion to explore your options and see different recommendations.

It sounds like your budget is a large factor in your decision. It also sounds like you have seen multiple dentists for implant consultations. Only you can decide if it’s the best option for you. Generally speaking, Clear Choice hires reputable, experienced doctors.

If you aren’t quite sure you’re ready to sign on the line, it may be worth it to take the Clear Choice price quote and return to a couple of the previous implant dentists you have seen. They may be more motivated to work with you on fees. Also, the mega price drop from over $50K to $30K is a bit suspicious. How can they drop that drastically? It makes you wonder if they originally marked things up extraordinarily. That doesn’t leave the best feeling or impression.

One last thing to consider is your age. You failed to mention that. If you have existing teeth that can be saved, it’s wise to keep them. Just be sure when you are price comparing that you are looking at the same treatment plans. It’s generally ideal to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible, versus having them extracted.

Good luck!

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Can I just get dental implants instead of braces?

I have some crowding on one side of my mouth and the last thing I want to do is be a brace face. I saw a Clear Choice commercial and I was wondering if I can just get my teeth pulled and replaced with dental implants?

– Darrel in New Jersey

Darrel,

Although Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers may look appealing in their commercial, please think this plan through before taking any action.

Based on what you have described, it doesn’t really sound like you are dental implant candidate. There may be some alternative treatments that will work better for you. Most reputable dentists will do absolutely everything possible to preserve healthy tooth structure. So, having crooked teeth extracted because you don’t like braces doesn’t sound like a logical decision.

Although dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, the process is quite invasive and the procedure is highly complex. It is difficult to say what other options are best for you without having that much information about your specific case, but you need to meet with a reputable implant dentist in addition to Clear Choice if you decide to get a consultation from them.

It is possible you may be able to get crowns, have only a tooth or two removed and have a successful bridge, or possibly a partial denture? Or maybe you it would be best to incorporate dental implants into your treatment plan. But please don’t pull healthy teeth. Once they are gone, there is not getting them back.

If crowding is the main issue here, it is possible Invisalign may work for you. Don’t make any rash decisions based on some bias about orthodontics. You need to make the best decision for your long-term oral health. It’s time to see a respected implant dentist and go from there.

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Is It Worth Getting a Second Opinion After Clear Choice Gave a Me Treatment Plan?

I’m wondering if it’s worth the time and effort to get a second opinion after a Clear Choice doctor has already given me a treatment plan. I went in because I really wanted dental implants, and I’d heard good things about them. The ads seemed good, but I don’t personally know anyone who has used them. At any rate, the doctor really pushed all-on-fours and said that was my only viable option. The thing is, that’s not what I want. I couldn’t tell if he was being sincere, and that’s really my only choice or if he just prefers the procedure, so he says that’s all I can have done. I’m paying out-of-pocket, so I don’t want to schedule a Clear Choice second opinion visit with someone else if I’m just going to be told the exact same thing. Should I bother?

Sincerely,

Astrid in Maryland

Dear Astrid,

It’s always worth getting a second opinion, especially when you are planning to make such a large investment. Clear Choice is known for their high-pressure tactics and also for not providing options. They tend to lean towards a one-size-fits-all approach, when there are almost always numerous solutions to a dental problem.

You may be a candidate for doing all dental implant replacements, or an implant-supported bridge, or a number of other possibilities. All-on-fours may be the best solution for you, depending on your wishes, the condition of your mouth and teeth, and your budget. But they should have let you know what your other choices are.

Because procedures like this are not reversible, but very costly and time-consuming, it’s definitely worth the time and effort to get a Clear Choice second opinion when something doesn’t seem right. You may wind up choosing to do exactly what they recommended, but you deserve to be able to make an informed decision about it. Moreover, you may prefer to have it done by an office who doesn’t push you so hard to do what they want. Having a consultation with another doctor may provide you with these things and also with peace of mind, which is absolutely priceless.

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