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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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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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Who can I see for a third opinion about Clear Choice?

I’m in a predicament and need to seek out a third opinion. I need major work done, and my current dentist gave me these options for my upper teeth: full dentures, snap on dentures with four implants or full implants (the latter having a price tag of $35,000). I know for a fact that I don’t want dentures. I went to a Clear Choice office which quoted me a price of only $5,000 more than my dentist for the “All on 4” for my uppers and lowers, which I will need done as well. That sounds a lot more reasonable and enticing, but I’m not sure the best way to go. Since Clear choice was my second opinion, who can I seek for a third opinion, or rather get independent advice, or possibly use?

– Paulette in Kansas

Paulette,

It’s always great to seek out the advice of a few professionals, especially with the work being so involved. Clear choice, though their dentists are all very knowledgeable about their craft, is a “corporate brand” if you will. Seeking the direct advice of a professional not trying to sell a specific product is always a good idea, even if it’s a third, or fourth opinion.

It wouldn’t hurt to look up reputable prosthodontists in your area. Their area of expertise is esthetics, restorations, and full-moth reconstructions. They know best about every restorative option for your mouth, and can advise you in the right direction. They will also likely work closely with other dental professionals like Oral Surgeons and Periodontists who they can refer you to, to further explain in detail about the implant surgery. From there, you can be more informed about which way you decide to go. It’s always good to get a second opinion after visiting a Clear Choice Dental Implant Center, or any implant dentist, for that matter.

Conflicting recommendations between Clear Choice & my Periodontist?

I am frustrated because I feel like I don’t know what to do? I have an ill-fitting denture on the bottom and have been very uncomfortable for years. The last time I was in at my dentist, he quoted me for an implant-supported denture and told me to seek a second opinion from a periodontist. He told me that there was a possibility that I would require bone grafting. I see commercials all the time for Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers, so I decided it would be worth it to hear their two cents too. Clear Choice said I don’t need bone grafting and my dentist and the Periodontist I met with recommended that I do need bone grafting. I’m feeling confused and wondering who is just trying to get more money out of me or who has my best interests in mind?

– Carl in Florida

Carl,

It is difficult to give you much feedback because it isn’t quite clear the treatment plan that Clear Choice provided you. But it sounds as if it is safe to assume the treatment plans are not the same.

If you have a traditional denture (which it sounds is the case) then several dental implants can be used to support the denture to stabilize it and make it more comfortable. In order to ensure these implants act as an anchor to the denture, there needs to be adequate bone present at the implant site. If there isn’t enough bone density, then you run the risk of the dental implants failing.

Clear Choice Dental Implant centers often times recommend what is called the all-on-four procedure. One of the main factors in this recommendation is that there is typically more bone toward the back of the mouth, therefore eliminating the need for bone grafting. They utilize this bone location by angling the implants to hold the denture with only four dental implants. But make sure you do your homework, because there are many implant dentists out there that flat-out refuse to perform the all-on-four procedure because their is a higher failure rate, approximately five percent by a 2011 study. Then if it fails, you will have to get bone grafting done anyway.

So, try not to have the mentality that one dentist or practice is trying to get more money out of you, but take the time to find the right implant dentist that you can trust. The more opinions and research you do upfront, especially in deciding whether or not you require bone grafting, will be well worth the expense and stress if the treatment is unsuccessful.

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Bad experience with Clear Choice.

My teeth had continually deteriorated. I was embarrassed to smile and had lost so many teeth I was having trouble eating. The time had come for me to get a full mouth replacement with dental implants. I was drawn to Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers because I saw a commercial on tv. They told me to attend a seminar, which I did. And in hindsight, that whole deal was all smoke and mirrors. I was told that I was a “perfect candidate” and all the glitz at the seminar sold me on the spot. I ended up paying Clear Choice over $4K for all-on-four implant-retained denture. This was their “teeth-in-a-day” offer and I was convinced I truly was the “perfect candidate.”

What they should have called the procedure was “dentures-in-a-day” because I basically had a mouth full of plastic. It turns out at a cleaning it was discovered that the implants were not placed where my teeth once were. And I also found out that they could have used my natural teeth to better secure everything but they didn’t. I was so mad when I found out they removed my natural teeth and they didn’t have to. I called and asked for my money back, and of course the answer was no way! I feel suckered and know this post won’t change anything. But if by chance there is someone like me out there, please, please, please reconsider spending so much money. Go to a reputable implant dentist. Don’t make my mistake!

– Jerry in Georgia

Jerry,

Thank you for your willingness to share your experience. The all-on-four technique is quite popular among Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers. They extract all your remaining teeth and to the implant-retained denture. Every Clear Choice Center is different, but thank you for sharing your story. Every dentist has differing philosophies, but you should have been presented with more than one option in your circumstance. Sorry about your experience.

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I got a price from Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers and want to find reviews.

I have been doing my research about getting dental implants on four of my top and bottom teeth, for a total of eight. I went into Clear Choice and received a quote for $42,000. Is that comparable to what I can expect elsewhere? Or is that outrageously high? I am looking for any input or Clear Choice reviews I can find for comparison.

– Elaine in Oregon

Elaine,

It is always good for any kind of major procedure like eight dental implants, to get a second opinion. Then, you will have some basis for comparison. One common Clear Choice review is that it seems like most people end up getting the same treatment plan. And since implant dentistry is so intrusive, every individual has a different set of issues. A one-size fits all approach is never a good sign.

Often times, the Clear Choice approach involves removing the remaining teeth and getting all-on-four dental implants. Well not everyone is the best candidate for this treatment plan and you really should at least consider an approach that tries to salvage what healthy teeth you have. It is unclear if that is the treatment plan that was recommended for you, but again seeking a second opinion is always a good way to go.

There are two very reputable implant dentistry organizations that you should look for when you are considering an implant dentist; the International College of Oral Implantologists or American Academy of Oral Implantology. If a dentist is either a fellow of the ICOI or board certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology, or a graduate of the Misch Institute, then they would be able to give you a valid second opinion.

As far as where the price they gave you would compare, it does sound high. But you didn’t elaborate on the exact treatment plan, if it involved any bone grafting or if they were actually going to to the all-on-four dental implant procedure? Most dentists aren’t that confident in the longevity of all-on-fours.

Lastly, when you do go in for the second opinion, be sure that you do not reveal what Clear Choice recommended. You want them to make an unbiased recommendation, based on what they think is best for your personalized needs. So you probably don’t even want to recommend that they are the second dentist you are meeting with.

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