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Dental insurance works differently than traditional health insurance. To put things in perspective, the average cost of a dental bridge can be anywhere from $500 to $1,500.1 Having some type of low-cost dental insurance plan can dramatically reduce that cost.
Dental insurance premiums can range from $20-$50 per month and you may be required to meet a deductible or sum of money that must be paid before dental insurance benefits kick in.2 However, finding an affordable plan that works with your oral health goals can make all the difference.
Aflac has two low-cost dental insurance options: primary full-coverage dental insurance and supplemental dental insurance. It’s important to note that the term “full coverage dental insurance” refers to the plan’s ability to help cover a variety of different dental treatments and procedures. It is not meant to imply total coverage.
Our primary dental plan helps cover routine care at an affordable price that improves over time. That’s right – your out-of-pocket costs decrease every year you have the plan. You can choose any dentist from our extensive list of participating providers.
Also, waiting periods are mostly minimal, depending on the treatment you need. You can also add vision and hearing coverage to your dental plan to make sure you aren’t neglecting certain aspects of your health.
We also offer supplemental dental insurance that works with your existing dental insurance to help offset gaps in coverage. This plan pays you cash benefits to help cover any dental expenses not covered by your primary plan.
You have options.
The dental insurance price depends on a variety of factors, like what you want your annual maximum to be, your group’s situs state, and your coverage aims. We recommend you chat with an Aflac agent to determine what your average dental insurance cost per month might look like.
Even the most affordable dental insurance plans usually consist of 4 main factors. Depending on how each of these factors are broken down, you may be able to keep your dental insurance cost-per-month relatively low.
The deductible is an amount of money that must be paid before any dental insurance benefits kick in.3 Not all plans require a deductible, but most PPO’s do.4
A copay is the amount of money the insurance company requires you to pay for part of a specific service.5 Once that portion of the service is paid for, the insurance benefits can kick in.
Coinsurance is the part of dental insurance that breaks down what percent is paid for by you and what part is paid for by insurance.6
The annual maximum is an agreed upon amount that your dental insurance provider is willing to pay for services each year.7 There are some dental insurance plans with no annual maximum.
Dental insurance is worth it if you are looking for additional support for minor and major dental procedures. With an Aflac dental insurance plan, the costs of cleanings, crowns, bridges, and implants can be significantly minimized.
For some of our basic and preventative services, there is little to no waiting period. However, there may be a longer waiting period for more invasive surgeries and treatments. Regardless, we’ll work with you to select a plan that brings the average dental insurance cost down.
Aflac’s full coverage dental insurance can help provide coverage for you and your family's dental needs. Regular dental cleanings, crowns, and fillings can be much more manageable with an affordable dental plan. If you already have a dental plan and don’t want to make the switch, our supplemental dental insurance may be just the coverage support you need.
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1 Dentaly - Dental Bridge Cost Estimate, Types, and Pros and Cons. Updated July 12, 2022. Accessed Aug 24, 2022. https://www.dentaly.org/us/dental-bridge-information/.
2 & 4 Health Insurance - What’s the difference between dental insurance and dental discount plans. Updated June 3, 2021. Accessed Aug 24, 2022. https://www.healthinsurance.org/faqs/whats-the-difference-between-dental-insurance-and-dental-discount-plans/.
3 EHealth Insurance - How a Deductible Works for Health Insurance. Updated June 16, 2022. Accessed Aug 24, 2022. https://www.ehealthinsurance.com/resources/affordable-care-act/deductible-insurance.
5 & 6 EHealth Insurance - How a Deductible Works for Health Insurance. Updated June 16, 2022. Accessed Aug 24, 2022. https://www.ehealthinsurance.com/resources/affordable-care-act/deductible-insurance.
7 EHealth Insurance - Lifetime and Annual Limits in Health Insurance. Updated June 21, 2022. Accessed Aug 24, 2022. https://www.ehealthinsurance.com/resources/affordable-care-act/lifetime-and-annual-limits.