Looking to take full advantage of your dental coverage? Follow these simple tips to keep your smile bright and your wallet on budget.
Two cleanings in a calendar year
A professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education. The AGD strongly recommends that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months. This professional dental cleaning reinforces the home-care oral health regimen of brushing and flossing and gives the dentist an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention.
Find a VADIP network dentist
You might be new to Delta Dental and want to select an in-network dentist, or maybe you’ve been enrolled for some time but you’ve decided that it’s time to change dentists. For many people, choosing a new dentist comes down to simply polling friends and neighbors for a recommendation. One of the best ways to find a list of dentists is by using the “Find a Dentist” tool on our website. You can search for dentists near a specific address, by name or by specialty. You can also filter search parameters to include the other requirements you identified in step one. When you find some likely candidates, it’s time to dig deeper.
- Save money. Our network dentists agree to never balance bill you more than their contracted fee. For example, if you are a PPO enrollee responsible for a 20% coinsurance amount, you pay 20% of your dentist’s contracted fee. Non-Delta Dental dentists can charge you their full fee for their services.
- Pay less up front. Delta Dental pays your dentist directly, and sends you a notice explaining your portion of the bill. You pay the dentist only your portion of the services.
- No expensive and unnecessary “unbundling.” Delta Dental ensures you’re never charged extra for services that should be included in the cost of treatment. For example, when you receive a crown, a Delta Dental dentist cannot charge you additional fees for tooth preparation, local anesthesia, an impression or a temporary crown.
- Quality you can count on. Delta Dental dentists are properly licensed and meet accepted standards for cleanliness and safety procedures. Plus, Delta Dental representatives work with dentist offices to keep them updated on policies and network contracting requirements.
Need help? Finding a dentist has never been easier. Look for a VADIP network dentist and save on your out-of-pocket costs.