Dental

The right dental plan can provide you with peace of mind at a price you can afford. So, as you are looking for dental insurance, it’s important to be aware of what your options are, and how those options vary in terms of what they cover and what they don’t.

How much will dental insurance cost?

Just like you are unique so should be your dental plan. There are quite a few variables that go into the final cost of dental plans. These variables might include your needs, your household, your budget, and where you live.

Every dental plan will have a monthly premium, along with a deductible, which can be an annual deductible or a lifetime deductible, but it is important to understand your options and select the plan

Which type of insurance is the best?

Benafica offers dental plans through many insurance companies, but no company is “better” than the others. Which carrier is best for you and your family depends on your dental needs, your budget, and your preferred dentist. We recommend picking a plan based off your needs rather than by brand name!

What do Dental Plans Cover?
It is important to find a dental plan that fits your needs, as the coverage can vary based on the plan you select.
For example some plans cover 2 cleanings a year, while other cover up to 4.

Some things to consider as you’re searching for the right plan is what can my plan cover?

Preventative Care

Preventative Care

Preventative Care
You can expect that dental coverage plans will cover the costs of preventive care. However, it is important to keep in mind that dental plans (even within the same carrier) don’t consistently have the same procedures and services listed under the categories of preventive, basic, and major.

Here is a list of preventive care procedures that may be covered.

  • Dental exams
  • Dental cleanings (typically recommended twice a year, but some insurance providers will cover more than two cleanings annually)
  • X-rays

Basic Procedures

Basic Procedures
Basic Procedures
A variety of policies cover basic procedures, which are more expensive than preventive care trips to the dentist.
Procedures that could be covered?

  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Periodontal (gum) treatments
  • Root canals

Oftentimes, anywhere from 70% to 80% of the costs of these procedures will be taken care of by your insurance provider. So you may need to cover some of the cost, but it will still be much more affordable than if you didn’t have any insurance at all.

Major Procedures

Major Procedures
Major Procedures
Major procedures are the priciest, so having the right dental insurance policy can help you rest assured you won’t break the bank to get your oral health back on track.

Procedures that could be covered?

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Dentures
  • Implants

Your dental policy might cover around 50% or less of the cost of a major procedure. But, again, even this amount of coverage is really helpful, especially since these procedures can be expensive.

Note: Different insurance providers might categorize basic and major procedures differently. As an example, you might come across one provider who lists root canals as a basic procedure, while another provider considers it a major procedure. For this reason, it’s wise to carefully read through the fine print of a dental plan before signing on the dotted line.

Orthodontic Care

Orthodontic Care

When it comes to orthodontics, there are plans that include some level of coverage for this category of care. Other plans might only provide coverage if you purchase a rider that adds extra benefits to your policy.  What orthodontic services might be covered by dental insurance?

  • Orthodontic dental exams
  • Pre-orthodontic treatment
  • Fixed and removable appliances, such as braces and retainers
  • Post-orthodontic treatment

Some dental plans might only include coverage for orthodontic care for children, while others will extend that coverage to adults as well.

Cosmetic and Restorative Procedures

Cosmetic and Restorative Procedures

Most of the time even full coverage dental plans do not cover the cost of cosmetic dental procedures, such as whitening treatments. However, if a cosmetic procedure is deemed a medically necessary restorative treatment, dental insurance might help cover the cost.

If you need a restorative treatment because of dental disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, or tooth damage that results from an injury or an accident, your insurance plan might help. If you are looking into elective cosmetic procedures, more than likely, they will not be covered by insurance. Again, different plans will offer different amounts of coverage for these types of procedures.

Vision

The choice to select a vision plan can feel overwhelming, but rest assured we’re here to help you make the right choice for you. Whether you’re looking for maximum coverage or something more simple to cover the cost of routing eye exams we are here to help. Before selecting a plan there are some things to think about.

How much should you expect to pay?

Vision plans can start at an affordable monthly fee as low as $7/month along with a copay. The price of additional services, tests, and vision-related expenses may be available at a discounted or pre-fixed rate depending on the coverage you select. Purchasing you dental and vision together could result in an even more affordable plan.

 

What does vision cover?
Having Vision coverage can protect you in variety of ways, much like dental it’s important to understand your needs.

• Annual eye and vision exams
• Affordable frames, glasses, sunglasses, and contact lens options. Some coverage options even offer a frame allowance.
• Discounts on some laser surgeries including LASIK
• Lens Enhancements

top ten reasons why you should consider dental insurance and vision insurance:

  1. 80% of vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable.
  2. Oral health care is an essential factor of senior health and wellness, 70% of older adults do not have dental insurance. We can help.
  3. Hours of computer usage? If so, your eyes are most likely feeling the effects. Here are some tips to reduce eye strain.
  4. It is recommended to visit your dentist every six months for routine cleanings. By doing so you’ll not only lower your risk for oral infections and early treatments for more serious problems.
  5. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, those with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease than those without diabetes. Researchers say this is because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, the gums are among the tissues likely to be affected.
  6. You may think you know your eyes pretty well, here are some fun facts to keep your eyes healthy.
  7. Smiling can do big things – relax your body, lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system, and release endorphins. Protect your smile for years to come by getting dental insurance today.
  8. Dental disease is preventable. Practice good oral care habits by brushing your teeth twice daily, daily flossing, and scheduling regular dentist visits.
  9. Did you know? Gum disease — not old age — is the leading cause of tooth loss for people in the U.S. Nearly 80% of adults have gum disease during their lifetime.
  10. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, a one-pack-a-day smoking habit can cause you to lose at least two teeth every 10 years.