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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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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 Clear Choice cheaper than a private implant dentist?

I just heard from my sister that my dad needs dental implants. I don’t have to tell you how expensive they are. Well, me and my sister are footing the bill so we are exploring all our options. We want the quality of life that comes with dental implants, we are just doing our best to find the most economical option. I’m looking for Clear Choice reviews at the moment. Will they be cheaper than the fees from a private dentist.

– Stacey in New York

Stacey,

It is great that you see the value in dental implants. They truly are the best solution to replace missing teeth. You won’t regret choosing implants over dentures.

As far as reviews for Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers, that is a loaded question. The reason is that every center operates independently. So the experiences of patients vary greatly depending on what geographic area you live.

When you are asking and assuming Clear Choice will be cheaper, that is probably not an accurate opinion. Generally speaking, you need to be very careful when price shopping for dental implants. Cheap dental implants aren’t always best. Many dentists will cut corners on materials or healing times and there can be any number of complications that arise under these circumstances. We have seen dental implant horror stories where patient’s have had dental implants become loose and other cases where they have become infected, or impinged upon the sinus cavities. There are all sorts of reasons for dental implant failure, from a lack of experience in the dentist placing them to problems with the surgery.

So as you gather price quotes, including from Clear Choice, just be sure you are comparing similar treatment plans. And the dentist’s experience and credentials should be at the top of your list. You need to able to trust this dentist with your dad. You want the best quality of life and ending up with the cheapest option may give him a host of other problems.

Good luck to you and your family!

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Clear Choice is cheaper, is that bad?

I have been into Clear Choice and have negotiated my fees down to $29,000. They started out nearly double that, but when I told them that I simply cannot afford that and my situation wasn’t going to change, they gave me a better deal. It also was probably due to the fact I told them I am a disabled Veteran. Is cheap bad? I don’t want to have problems and am grateful for the price decrease, but every other implant dentist I visited came in around $50-75K. They also were recommending that my teeth were fixed versus getting all dental implants. I have some missing teeth and am in my 60’s. I know I have more teeth that are ready to crumble. I am feeling completely overwhelmed by it all. Any pointers?

– Paul in Washington

Paul,

Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers generally have skilled doctors. The biggest complaints are based around their sales tactics. They usually recommend one treatment plan, without any other option and that is what a lot of people tend to take issue with.

Typically, this would be the time to seek a second opinion. But it sounds like you have been proactive and have already taken that step. Therefore, if you are feeling comfortable with the treatment plan and doctors, then you probably are ready to proceed.

Yet, it is concerning that the other implant dentists are making recommendations about keeping your existing teeth and not extracting them. Or maybe you didn’t ask them if they would extract the teeth? If you want to so one more cost comparison then go back to the implant dentists again and ask them for the fees for the same services that Clear Choice is providing. Make sure you are clear that you are at the point where you do not trust your remaining teeth and want them extracted and replaced with dental implants. If they stand their ground and are not flexible, than it is probably best to go with Clear Choice. Typically, general dentists are flexible in providing options at different price points and will listen to your concern and incorporate them into their treatment plan. So that is the big question mark as to why they wouldn’t be willing to remove your remaining teeth? If you were in your 20’s or 30’s that would be understandable.

On the other hand, the major price drop by nearly 50 percent from Clear Choice is odd. It could be that they inflated the original fee or maybe there is something else that needs to be looked into. If you are feeling any apprehension with Clear Choice, then listen to your gut. Search Clear Choice reviews in your city and see what it turns up. Also, by searching Clear Choice second opinions, you may find some alternative dentists to meet with if you still want another opinion. Good luck!

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Was Clear Choice Right or Should I Get a Second Opinion?

I just came back from Clear Choice and I wonder if I should get a second opinion. I’ve only heard good things about them, so when I was finally ready to get my dental implants done, I decided to check them out. I know my teeth are really bad, but I was sure many of them could still be saved and that the dentist could work with them. Instead, they want to pull all of my remaining teeth and charge me what a modest home in my area costs, to do it. My teeth are important, but it’s not like I can live in them. I’m on a budget and they jumped straight into financing. That’s all well and good, but I can’t afford that kind of money- financed or not. I’m really put off by the whole thing. Is this the best I can hope for? Should I get a second opinion, even though I’ve already heard what Clear Choice has said or just scrap the whole thing for now?

Thanks,

Joel in Washington

Dear Joel,

In short, get a second opinion. Clear Choice is not the end-all. They tend to specialize in only a handful of treatments and use cookie-cutter techniques. So, even if you want a specialized treatment, they’re not likely to recommend one. Their platform and business model depends on them performing the same service repeatedly.

If you have a lot of work that needs to be done, it’s often a good idea to get a second opinion, whether the first came from Clear Choice or another dentist. When there are numerous teeth to restore, there will be multiple ways to do so. Each doctor will evaluate and provide his thoughts on what the optimal method is. Many will give you a few options and tell you which they think is best and why, then allow you to select based on preference and finances. You might even be able to do the work in stages. For instance, if your remaining teeth can be saved, you’d probably want to complete those first. Working in this manner won’t correct your whole smile in a day, but it can keep you within budget and help you hold onto your natural teeth for longer.

If you’re not satisfied with what you were told by Clear Choice, a second opinion is a reasonable and prudent decision.

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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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Looking for options to compare with Clear Choice.

I am missing two teeth. When I saw a Clear Choice Dental Implants Center commercial, I went in to see what they were all about. I have had a partial denture for many years but really hate it. I don’t feel like I should have to deal with a denture in my forties. So I’m interested in dental implants. When I went in for my Clear Choice consultation, they told me I have some periodontal disease going on. So, their solution was to remove all of the teeth on the bottom and get implants. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve been into the dentist, but I’m skeptical. Removing all my bottom teeth isn’t sitting right with me, and especially for over $20K! Wouldn’t they want to try and preserve what’s left of my teeth? Does this sound like a legitimate recommendation? If not, what other options do I have?

– Ben in Georgia

Ben,

Although, Clear Choice makes everything look super simple and hunky dory on television, you aren’t the first person that is seeking a Clear Choice second opinion after their initial consultation. Many Clear Choice reviews show that they have hidden charges and tend to have enormous treatment plans for issues that could have been addressed much more economically. They also have a reputation for high sales pressure tactics in certain areas of the country.

As far as your options go, recommendations vary greatly based on the dentist you see. It would be a very good idea to seek a second opinion. Typically, dentists will do everything they can to salvage as many of your remaining teeth as possible. Also, they will try to keep as much of the natural tooth structure in tact as possible. Even though Clear Choice may have painted an “all-or-nothing” kind of approach, it doesn’t have to be that way.  That is nothing against the professionals that work for Clear Choice, it just is becoming more of an increasing trend in their recommendations.

Saving your natural teeth should always be a priority or at the very least, an option. So if that isn’t a possibility, you may need to keep looking. Periodontal disease can complicate matters, so it will be important to address that concern before moving forward with dental implants.

But just to give you an idea of your possible options at a different practice, they could range between two independent dental implants to replace your two teeth, a dental bridge, or some other hybrid option. It is better to research a certain dentist’s credentials on cases similar to yours than to go into the office with a preconceived treatment idea. But you are right to be skeptical when anyone tells you they want to remove all your bottom teeth!

Thank you for sharing your story and good luck!

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Looking for the best & most affordable dental implants.

I have faced the reality that I need dental implants to replace my missing teeth. I’m looking for the most economical option but don’t want “cheap” dental implants either. I realize you get what you pay for and have to be careful. This is because I have been online and seen no shortage of dental implant horror stories. What do you think about Clear Choice?

– Cheryl in Iowa

Cheryl,

Since implant dentistry is not a regulated field within dentistry, you have to be very cautious when using price as a determining factor. It is good that you realize how important quality materials and services are when it comes to dental implants. You may choose some cheap dental implant dentist and then end up with terrible consequences, probably like you have found on the internet. Failed dental implants, implants that have pierced sinuses, nerve damage, implants that fall out, the list goes on. So the absolute most important decision you have as a patient is finding the right dentist versus selecting a certain type of implant treatment.

Clear Choice is a national company and has locations everywhere. They advertise heavily and present more of a “clinic” environment. There are qualified implant dentists at Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers, but it would be wise to treat them with no higher esteem than a private practice. You want to meet with and learn about the particular implant dentist’s credentials that will perform the work for you. Ask to see similar cases to yours, before and after photographs and testimonials, as well as inquire about the frequency and duration of their personal continuing education. Again, it’s all about the dentist. If you do meet with Clear Choice, get a second opinion from another reputable dentist. Even if you don’t go to Clear Choice, there is nothing wrong with screening multiple dentists. Often times you will find that a dentist will give you a free consultation when you are considering dental implants.

As far as your budget goes, there are many financing options available privately for dental work, as well as private payment plans through the practices. Mini implants are another more affordable dental implant option. They are significantly less expensive than standard dental implants. The diameter of the implant is much smaller which means the surgery is much simpler to place them, resulting in lower cost. Although, they aren’t right for everyone. They do present drawbacks in the strength. Again, the right dentist will listen to your cost concerns and make the right recommendations for your specific case. Choose your dentist wisely, it cannot be emphasized enough!

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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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