You should get what you pay for, but with dental insurance, you often pay more and receive much less. While all health insurance leaves something to be desired, dental insurance in particular seems to leave more people wishing for an affordable and reliable alternative.
At Glad Dental, we’ve found that alternative—by partnering with Doctors Network, we can now offer patients throughout the Bronx and the NY Metropolitan area, and surrounding communities a more affordable dental plan. Unlike dental insurance, there is no unseen middle man deciding what you should pay for your care, or what treatments will or will not be covered by your plan.
What is a Direct Dental Plan?
Our direct, discount dental plan is not dental insurance, and it is not meant to replace insurance coverage that you may already have. On the contrary, Doctors Network is a collection of compassionate doctors and dentists who share Dr. Yakobashvili’s vision of providing high-quality care directly to patients.
Signing up for the plan only requires a low, one-time activation fee of $34.99, and a monthly fee of the same price. Because the fees are set by Dr. Yakobashvili himself, rather than a third-party insurance company, there are no surprise charges or hidden expenses to worry about.
What Treatments Are Covered Under the Plan?
Dental insurance covers treatments that the insurance company deems necessary. For instance, checkups and cleanings may be covered, but only twice a year; if you require more frequent visits, then you may have to pay for them out of pocket.
Under our dental plan preventive exams and cleanings are only $25 per visit, no matter how frequently you need them. More involved restorative and cosmetic and elective procedures such as Invisalign® clear aligners (a discreet alternative to braces) and dental implants are also discounted by up to 80%, which can be a life-changing difference for patients who don’t have dental insurance at all.
Join Doctors Network and Glad Dental P.C.’s Direct Dental Plan
To take advantage of Glad Dental’s direct dental plan, call our office to speak with Dr. Yakobashvili or our staff today, or visit the Doctors Network website at http://www.doctorsnetwork.com. You can also call Doctors Network at 1-866-800-3168. When you sign up, be sure to select Dr. Guram Yakobashvili as your dental care provider!
Direct Dental Plan FAQs
1. How do discount dental plans work?
At Glad Dental, we offer direct, discount dental plans in the Bronx, NY through Doctors Network. Unlike dental insurance, a discount plan is a subscription service that allows you to pay for your treatment directly, without going through a third-party insurance company. The direct payment system means you can enjoy discounts of up to 80% or higher on the high-quality dental care that you need and deserve, from checkups and cleanings to advanced cosmetic and reconstructive restorations.
2. How much do I have to pay month?
To activate your discount dental plan, you only have to pay a one-time activation fee of $34.99. Your monthly subscription fee will also be $34.99, and no matter how many times you visit our dental office, or what treatments and services you require.
3. Does my subscription cover the costs of preventive visits?
Your subscription fees secure your enrollment in our discount dental plan, but do not cover the costs of any of your visits. However, routine preventive exams and cleanings, which are vital to maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile, are only $25 per visit under our direct dental plan. Unlike insurance, your plan will keep the costs of your checkups and cleanings the same even if Dr. Yakobashvili recommends more than two appointments a year.
4. Will I have to pay more for annual X-rays?
Dental X-rays are an important part of your diagnostic exams and records, and a good preventive dental plan means taking routine X-rays at least once a year. Because the imaging process is a part of your regular preventive care, your X-rays will be included in the low cost of your checkup and cleaning appointment (only $25).
5. What treatments are covered under my discount dental plan?
Besides routine checkups and cleanings, high-quality dental care may also involve the need for custom cosmetic improvement or the restoration of one or more teeth. Trying to develop a personalized treatment plan around the parameters of dental insurance can be difficult because insurance only covers a select variety of procedures. However, with Glad Dental’s discount dental plan, your discount benefits extend to every treatment and service we offer, including:
- Tooth fillings
- Root canal treatment
- Dental crowns (including same-day crowns created with CAD/CAM technology)
- Invisalign® clear aligners
- Dental implants
- And much more
6. Can I add family members to my plan?
You can activate an individual dental plan for each member of your family for the same low, one-time activation and subscription fees of only $34.99. Typically, the costs of activating a discount plan for each member of your family is less expensive than total insurance costs for the whole family. Also, adding new members is much simpler, and there are no complicated or hidden additional costs.
7. If I cancel my plan, is there an early termination fee?
Because our discount dental plan isn’t an insurance plan, there is no contract, so you can deactivate your account at any time without having to pay early termination fees or penalties. However, the purpose of our dental plan is not a short term solution, and it is meant to help our patients maintain their oral health long term, and using this plan for a single treatment is considered misuse of the system.
You can also easily switch dentists within Doctors Network if you move out of the Bronx, or reactivate your account if you had to temporarily discontinue it due to hardship or legitimate reasons.
8. Do I need insurance to sign up for a discount dental plan?
A discount dental plan isn’t meant to replace insurance; it can help all patients whether or not they currently have a dental insurance plan. It can make dental care more affordable for patients with insufficient coverage, and make dental care possible for patients without any coverage at all.
9. What is Doctors Network?
Doctors Network was formed by a group of compassionate doctors and dentists who believe their patients deserve to receive high-quality, personalized care at reasonable costs. Because complex insurance codes and large corporations are driving factors in excessive dental health costs, Dr. Yakobashvili and his colleagues at Doctors Network are able to lower those costs by eliminating insurance companies from the equation. Doctors Network makes it possible to create deep relationships with patients, where the specifics and costs of their care are decided solely by them and their doctors.
10. How do I sign up for a discount dental plan through Doctors Network?
Signing up for a discount dental plan with Glad Dental and Doctors Network is also easier than signing up for dental insurance. Visit the Doctors Network website at https://www.doctorsnetwork.com/, and choose Dr. Guram Yakobashvili as your dentist in Bronx, NY.
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