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Why is there a Disparity in Clear Choice Reviews?

I’ve been reading Clear Choice reviews and I’m not sure what to make of them. I’m hoping to get a little advice. I’ve had a bridge on my lower left side for 40 years—if that tells you anything about my age. Ha! It was replaced once about 20 years ago and has served me well, but at my last check up the doc told me it was done for. One of the teeth holding it up has decay and it can’t be saved. The doc gave me a list of options. He was really pushing for one or two dental implants to replace the teeth or redo the bridge, but he also said I could go with a partial denture—yuck! I’m not that old yet! Or, he can make a really long bridge, but he’s not really crazy about the idea or sure about how long it will last. In my research, I came across some Clear Choice reviews. Some people seem really happy with what they had done and other people experienced nightmares. Shouldn’t it be consistent with the same outfit? Any idea why there’s a disparity? I was considering having a consult with them just so I can say I was diligent, but I’ll steer clear if there’s something happening there.

Many Thanks,

Gloria in Minnesota

Dear Gloria,

Clear Choice reviews are a mixed bag because the experiences people have are not consistent. When they do well, people are naturally satisfied, but when they don’t do well, it can wreak havoc on someone’s whole life.

The biggest problem people seem to have is that they handle dental care in a standardized fashion, almost like an assembly line. It’s tough to get quality results if people aren’t treated like the unique individuals they are. Your teeth are one-of-a-kind, just like your fingerprints, so your treatment should be chosen based on what’s best for you.

If you’re simply trying to be diligent, you may have a better experience if you seek out an individual practitioner, rather than a chain. Naturally, you’ll want to check out the doctor’s reputation before scheduling as well. However, it sounds like you have a good relationship with your current dentist and that you trust him. If this is the case, there’s probably no need to get a second opinion. You’re already in an office that treats you well and that will see you through, even after the dental implants procedure is done. That’s something certain chain offices can’t touch.

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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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Do People Get Paid to Write Clear Choice Reviews?

I need to have a couple of dental implants done, and I’ve had a couple of consultations with a general dentist and an implant specialist. I keep eyeing the Clear Choice reviews, because their ads look so great. But, when I read what others are saying online about them, they’re all either five-star or one-star ratings. There seems to be no middle ground with the company. At first I assumed that the people who were rating the company poorly had high standards, or they didn’t have a firm understanding of dentistry. The more I look at it though, I have to wonder if the company is seeding their ratings with paid ones. There was a huge ordeal with other companies doing the same on Amazon recently, and the behavior of the positive reviewers seems to be fitting of someone who was compensated. I’d hate to pass up on receiving top-tier treatment if they’re legit, but if they aren’t… Has there been anything mentioned about whether Clear Choice reviews are legit?

Thanks,

Trevor in Illinois

Dear Trevor,

Yes, Amazon was recently caught up in a fake ratings scandal, though it wasn’t actually Amazon, the company. A third-party company, hired by independent sellers on the website,has been sued for fraudulent activity. At this time, however, there have not been any fraudulent Clear Choice reviews brought to light, so one would hope that the company has not stooped to that level.

With that said, the company has a reputation for providing one-size-fits-all dentistry. When it works, it’s fantastic. When it doesn’t, patients feel duped, misled, and they often wish they’d never heard of the place. A quick look at the current comments on sites like Yelp indicate that pushy sales tactics and difficulty obtaining refunds is also a large problem. In other words, it’s impossible to guarantee what your outcome will be if you choose to have your work done by one of their doctors, and it sounds like you’ll have a difficult time getting them to correct any issues if you’re unhappy.

If you feel good about one of the dental implant doctors you have already seen, it’s best to stick with someone you know and trust. If you’re still unsure about who you want to perform your work, by all means have a consultation, but leave your wallet at home and hold off on signing anything at the first visit.

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Clear Choice was My Second Opinion- Do I Need a Third Opinion?

I wanted to have a couple of dental implants done, so I asked my own dentist about it. He quoted me a couple thousand dollars. I’ve been loyal to him for more than a decade and I go in every six months like clockwork. But I knew I wanted implants and couldn’t afford to get them done from him.

I’d heard a little about them, so I made an appointment for a second opinion from Clear Choice. I have to say, I was truly astounded at the way they do business there. I felt like I was on an assembly line, being shuffled around. Sure, they gave me a quote, but they also told me I have to have all these expensive gum treatments and they wanted a huge chunk of money up front in order for me to even schedule. It doesn’t make any sense, especially considering that my regular dentist didn’t say anything about my gums and I’ve always had healthy teeth. The ones I lost weren’t even decayed- I lost them in a car accident. Is it worth getting a third opinion or should I just resign myself to the fact that dental implants will always be out of my reach.

-Richard

Dear Richard,

Usually, a second opinion after Clear Choice gives a treatment plan is advisable. In this case, it doesn’t sound like you disagree with anything your regular dentist said, and that your main concern is affordability.

If what you truly want is dental implants and you want your dentist to do them, have a discussion with the office manager. Sometimes there’s a little bit of wiggle room, and the office manager is the best one to help you find it. Insurance might pick up a little, if you have coverage. The office might also be able to accept affordable dental payments, and the procedure is typically done in stages anyway. So, even if it sounds like a larger price tag, you can probably whittle it down into more manageable monthly installments. The office staff deals with budgets all the time, so be honest with them about where you stand and see if they can work some magic for you.

If you still can’t afford it, by all means, get another consultation, but beware of offices with ultra-low rates. There’s a reason why they can offer cheap implants, and it probably isn’t a good one.

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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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Is Clear Choice the better choice?

I’m the worst dental patient. I have a few missing teeth on my upper right, and my dentist gave me options of a denture or implants. I’m fairly young, and don’t want to deal with wearing a denture and the potential problems that can come with it. I understand that implants are the better option, but feel my dentist is charging an astronomical rate for doing the job. After coming across Clear Choice advertisements, I went to a local center where they quoted me a little less money for the All on 4, plus an extra discount if I paid in cash. I feel it’s silly to not want to save money. Plus, I understand Clear choice centers specialize in these treatments; doesn’t it make sense to want to get the work done there instead?

– Karen in Illinois

Karen,

You are correct in the notion that dental implants are a better choice, and that Clear Choice centers specialize in implant placement. I don’t think it’s advisable to have the mentality of wanting to save money when seeking treatment such as implants. Like most corporate franchises, Clear Choice will have a mixed bag of reviews. It is a denture “supercenter”, where that’s the focus of their marketing, along with the treatment they emphasize most. It is likely your dentist who is not offering the “cash discount” uses higher quality materials and labs to do your work. Perhaps they know they will be giving you more chair time or individualized attention (i.e., having you come back every so often so they can check the progress of your implant) and those things are reflected in the price. Unfortunately, a lower price as offered by Clear Choice may mean compromised quality of materials and experienced personnel. You don’t want to be uninformed. In this scenario it is best to seek out multiple second opinions with highly experienced practitioners before making your decision.

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