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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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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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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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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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I have a Clear Choice Complaint

I am not happy with my experience with Clear Choice and want to voice my concern in an attempt to help others.

Here’s some background. When I first went to see Clear Choice, I had no teeth and was wearing a complete denture. So I was already dissatisfied with how my dentures were functioning, which is why I sought them out. After the consult, it was suggested I get all-on-four for my top and on the lower they said bridges would work. All of this for $44K. Of course I thought it was expensive but I was willing to do anything to improve my daily quality of life.

I had to move to another state, so I originally just had the bridges done as temporaries so they could be finished locally. After the procedure, I was shocked to find out I had an “overdenture” which was attached to implants and the pain was unbearable. I feel like I was blind-sided and that I didn’t get what I paid for.

How can they just decide an alternative treatment plan. I am livid and they will hear about it at my follow-up appointment. Beware of Clear Choice everyone! Double check your treatment plan before moving forward. I feel completely duped.

– Bart in Florida

Bart,

Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers do have high fees and they are known for recommending all-on-four dental implants as their bread and butter. Some clinics are better than others, but they have a reputation for fostering a high pressure sales situation, so it may have been possible you were mislead in the sales process. But it is a pretty tall order to say they did an alternate treatment plan without your consent. Hopefully this is addressed in the follow-up appointment things cleared up are cleared up.

As for post-operative pain, that is common of such an extensive surgical procedure. There is no indication that Clear Choice did anything incorrectly to cause the pain.

In hindsight and for the benefit of anyone reading this post, it is always good to get a second opinion for this kind of work. Different doctors bring different perspectives and different fees. To the visitor that is considering Clear Choice or any implant dentist, do your research and get another opinion before committing to treatment.

Sorry to hear you had a negative experience.

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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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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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Review on Clear Choice.

I am extremely worried about the business policies of this practice. In order to proceed with my care, the office demanded $1000.00 plus 1/2 the cost of the procedure. Now they are demanding that I sign a promissory note (actually four notes) for the rest of the work. I have not had any work done yet. What was supposed to be in August (they cashed our check on the 9th) is now put off until mid September) their choice. I am being strong armed to pay the next installment, which would be two weeks before anything is done. I am extremely worried about my decision and that I may never see my money again.
– Maureen in California

Maureen,
Thank you for your Clear Choice Dental Center review. Clear Choice centers in various cities have been criticized for their sales tactics and some of their business practices. But I am confident they aren’t going to try to do anything illegal like just taking your money. I’m confident you don’t have anything to worry about there.

But when you give them the money up front like that, you ARE limiting your ability to complain about the results or anything that happens during your appointment. I would feel uncomfortable with that, too. And a general suggestion I would give to anyone who goes to Clear Choice would be to get a second opinion. They tend to have certain standard procedures that they do, and they do everyone the same way. In implant dentistry there is almost always more than one way to solve any dental problem, so there is more than a “one size fits all” approach.

With such a major investment with dental implants, do your research to avoid more costly mistakes in the future.

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