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★★★★★

“My wife and I saved a ton of money when we used this...”

Written on: 23/06/2014 by Jakobeu345 (1 review written)

My wife and I saved a ton of money when we used this plan for routine work and for major work… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Its wonderful experience”

Written on: 08/06/2014 by BenjaminParker397 (1 review written)

"Just a quick note of thanks for my new smile! So many friends have said how well I look. Everything happened so quickly and my teeth look so fantastic now that I really can't believe how easy it seems it was for you to put things right. I really appreciate all of the aftercare your calls and your staff's friendliness made all the difference." … Read Full Review

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“In central PA, hardly any dentists recognize the plan...”

Written on: 16/04/2014 by KaydenDixon177 (1 review written)

In central PA, hardly any dentists recognize the plan much less use it. If you have no insurance at all, many dentists will give you a discount which is less than what the plan "offers" if you can find a dentist who will honor it. When it really got bad was when I needed to find an endodontist and crown and bridge work (forget about implants). After I cancelled, the company continued charging my credit card. When I cancelled again, they refused to give a refund even for one month, after… Read Full Review

Stevebxl's Comment

Written on: 20/06/2014

You probably live in a very rural area right? Well, if a dentist is in a small town and doesn't have to compete for customers, there's no reason for him to offer his patients a discount. It's NOT Careington's fault - it's because of where you live. Not many providers in Alaska either. :)

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Stevebxl's Comment

Written on: 20/06/2014

You probably live in a very rural area right? Well, if a dentist is in a small town and doesn't have to compete for customers, there's no reason for him to offer his patients a discount. It's NOT Careington's fault - it's because of where you live. Not many providers in Alaska either. :)

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★★★☆☆

“Providers are the issue, Not the plan”

Written on: 10/04/2014 by inciDentallyDigusted (1 review written)

If you go to the plans participating providers and you are fortunate enough to have great teeth and just need maintenance then it will work. However, it has been my experience that the providers tack on every single possible extra charge to an already exhorbant "Treatment plan" that they possibly could. After going to two different providers, I have been told I have periodontal disease bad enough to need root scaling. I just had this done about 1 year ago and the hygenist said I was back on for… Read Full Review

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“Have Cancer/Will Not refund my $6.95. Move on folks!”

Written on: 10/02/2014 by DEBWILLIAMS1 (1 review written)

I called and told this company that i have cancer and no longer need this insurance/plan... They refused to give me this months money back. They are wrong and whomever wrote the 'policies' shall pay one day. You don't treat folks like this in a business. Todd is the one that took my call. DO NOT SIGN UP WITH THIS COMPANY. THEY ARE RUDE AND RELENTLESS… Read Full Review

Stevebxl's Response to DEBWILLIAMS1's Review

Written on: 20/06/2014

OK. So did you call your auto insurance guy and ask for a refund for the month's you didn't have an accident? Really?

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★☆☆☆☆

“I WAS REFUNDED EVERY PENNY! HERE IS HOW...”

Written on: 07/08/2013 by LIZMARIE0620 (1 review written)

Their representative on the phone wasn't very helpful in articulating how their coverage actually worked. I called the dental offices provided on Carrington's website and I must say the dental assistant/receptionist was very nice on the other end of the line until I mentioned my "Carington500 Plan". Her attitude completely changed, and said she would call me back with pricing but that they have a lot of problems with their pricing. I felt very uncomfortable, embarrassed and almost felt… Read Full Review

Eghill's Response to LIZMARIE0620's Review

Written on: 08/01/2014

Carington500 Plan is a rip off. The plan does not have any Doctors, a total ripoff

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★☆☆☆☆

“PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE REVIEW.”

Written on: 25/07/2013

The other reviews on here which are so positive regarding this dental plan MUST BE written by agents who are working for the 1Dental company offering the Careington 500 "dental discount plan." It's a huge joke played on the public seeking affordable dental care. That is the only possible scenario. Why? Because this is THE WORST program I've ever been talked into believing and paying for. I feel like a sucker, for sure. I should have listened to the numerous people who wrote honest reviews… Read Full Review

Loara71's Comment

Written on: 07/08/2013

thank you for your review. Do you know any great plan to get then? I am leaning towards Delta Dental Clear plan.

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Ubermao's Comment

Written on: 30/07/2014

Hey there, i signed up a week ago and did my research on people that took the plan before tho... i had known about it previously but only pulled the trigger on getting it when my DENTIST told me to get it ... since i had a $1500 treatment plan looking at me... it was going to cut it by atleast half.

As a freelancer in her mid 20's with NO health insurance this helped me out greatly.

I guess it different depending on where you are... NYC has alot of takers.

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Debwilliams1's Comment

Written on: 10/02/2014

Worst company to get involved with. Agreed.

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Sknuck's Comment

Written on: 13/11/2013

You say the plan is bad but don't say specifically why or what didn't work about the plan?

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Leduce's Comment

Written on: 13/11/2013

Hello there -

I will be more specific as to exactly what works and what does not work regarding this plan. Please read the following bulleted list:

WHAT WORKS ABOUT THE PLAN:
● They consistently withdraw money from my bank account each month, so it would seem that their billing department is functional.

● They do send you a lovely, albeit useless, plastic card in the mail. Perhaps a particularly creative person could make it useful... for breaking into homes? Scratching off lottery tickets?

WHAT DOES NOT WORK:
● The discount you would receive on your dental procedures is at the sole discretion of the desntist providing the services, whether they're listed on Careington's "group of dental providers" or not. You'll notice that they do mention this quite a bit in their fine print, while still reassuring you (misleading you to believe) that the dentists on this mystifying list of theirs have made some form of agreement with them to honor the discount to their cardholders. I live in Philadelphia, allowing me access to a great number of very modern dental professionals but, still, not a single dentist with whom I have spoken - of which their have been 12, taken directly from Careington's "list of providers" - NOT ONE, has agreed to accept this card to offer ANY discounted rate on ANY of their services.

Therefore, in short, what works? Nothing.

Of course, you're free to take whatever it is you feel is the appropriate course of action and give it a try yourself. Maybe, somehow, it will work for you. I am simply suggesting that you, please, take the advice of someone who has wasted hard-earned money on this and has tried exhaustively to make it work for them with no luck whatsoever and do not make the same mistake.

Thank you for writing. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

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Kelharv23's Comment

Written on: 10/01/2014


your experience sounds funny.. I had never heard of this plan until my wife had to get some dental work done yesterday. We are relocating from Australia to California and have yet to establish medical or dental insurance. Anyway the dentist we went to advertised on Pennysavers and their prices seemed very reasonable, so we made an appointment and arrived there on time. it was all very professional and the dentist was great! My wife told her our situation and she advised her to look into this "plan" she told her the costs of her treatment (remove a bridge and address some decay under it and then replace bridge, also possible root canal).
Well the cost was still quite reasonable compared to what we would pay in Australia but the costs for patients under the plan was around 50% less. I was very dubious, hence here I am trying to check them out. I really think it must be legit because why would my wife's dentist recommend it if they didn't accept it?? So anyways we joined last night just for 1 month and when she has had the work done we'll probably just cancel. But its only $7 monthly so well worth the potential savings, but there is a $20 startup fee. I still think its a great deal and almost too good to be true so my fingers ae crossed on this one a little.
But if what they say is right and they honour the prices they gave my wife I think its a great program but this is just my experience and its not over yet.
My wife's sister is in a plan called Aflac where you have to pay in full and then get a reimbursement. I wasn't keen on that one because it seems like a bit of a hassle and theres the potential you won't get what you expect back.
But good luck to anyone out there as its an expensive but necessary experience. I'll let you know how things go after she gets her work done.
K. Harvey
Tustin CA
(obviously I don't work for the company or dentists)

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Leduce's Comment

Written on: 10/01/2014

Thank you for writing!

In response to your message, I have to say that I feel there must be a fraction of truth to something they do or else I feel they would be shut down by now.

You may have gotten lucky and found the world's only dentist who actually does work with them :P

Honestly, I do wish you the best and will be very happy for you if it works! Please keep us updated.

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Kelharv23's Comment

Written on: 11/01/2014

Thanks for your well wishes, my wife made her appointment for next week today. I really hope it works out well because I need 3 CROWNS!! plus other work which I have been putting off as it would have cost me over $7K in Aussie, but I'll wait and see how it works out for her before I sign up.

I will keep you posted.

K Harvey

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Scrubs8's Comment

Written on: 11/01/2014

Awesome, thanks for sharing.

Lots of people need to be educated about garbage like this on the internet.

Just because something like this is "allowed" to exist, doesn't mean it is functional / useful.

Thank you!

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Gjames5456's Comment

Written on: 15/08/2013

Thank you for taking the time to post your honest review. I almost pulled out my debit card to purchase this plan out of desperation. I will continue my search for affordable dental care that I can trust.

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Leduce's Comment

Written on: 10/01/2014

It was my pleasure. I am glad I was able to help steer you away from making the same mistake that I made!

Were you able to find anything that worked for you?

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★★★★★

“Self pay or Careington 500? Careington 500 wins”

Written on: 11/12/2012

Hello! I am self employed and have been for 5 years. For dental work used self pay so here is the numbers. Called my dentist. Their filling fell out paid previously $190 in January 2012. Got a quote to fix filling will be at least $175 plus $24 for X-Ray, in addition I needed cleaning that was quoted with exam $158. So total just for me was $357. My husband had to have cleaning and exam done too and possibly something else. Total that I was looking at $515 at least. I bought Careington 500… Read Full Review

Debwilliams1's Comment

Written on: 10/02/2014

You must be an Agent for them wanting more commission

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Debwilliams1's Comment

Written on: 10/02/2014

You must be an Agent for them wanting more commission

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★★★★☆

“Careington Dental Plan is Great!! ”

Written on: 19/10/2012 by alyssasct (1 review written)

To all of you who say the Careington Dental Plan is a rip off it's not .. you probably just didn't go over the plan and follow all the rules!! You have to go to a provider that honors the plan! If you go to a dentist that honors the plan but does not honor the discount, this is Something that needs to be reported to Careington b/c that dental office is under contract and they have to honor the discounts.. they can get in to trouble if they don't. Careington pretty much covers all the discounts… Read Full Review

Debwilliams1's Response to alyssasct's Review

Written on: 10/02/2014

A big fat boo!!!

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“Total rip off”

Written on: 16/09/2012 by Joyce4YHWH (1 review written)

Carington 500 only covers 1 dentist so if you don't like it, then lump it. They lie and push a bunch of dental work on you that you don't need and you are forced after paying carington to either allow it all or lose all the money you pay to carington. It's better to find a kind dentist you can say no to. Their x ray machines look fancy but dont work. They think that you are their slave. We traveled to 3 different dentists and another was a false one. We traveled over 100 miles to go to a… Read Full Review

Momclp's Response to Joyce4YHWH's Review

Written on: 16/07/2013

This happened to me, I hated the dentist. I felt threatened by the financial person. This is not a good plan.

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Debwilliams1's Response to Joyce4YHWH's Review

Written on: 10/02/2014

I agree. Total ripoff

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★☆☆☆☆

“Cartington Rip off”

Written on: 06/09/2012 by kenmet (1 review written)

Over charge fees and referred back and forth with no dental work done . Very un happy and DO NOT Recommend Careington period !!!!!!!!!! What a rip off.!… Read Full Review

Debwilliams1's Response to kenmet's Review

Written on: 10/02/2014

They overcharged me $6.95 on many occasions. Whomever is doing they're processing must be pocketing that extra money. ..rip off is right.

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★★★★★

“ Saved me money!!!!!!”

Written on: 24/08/2012 by Richardcartagena1515 (1 review written)

I called in got my carington plan. But before I had the plan a dentist was charging me for 9 cavities. Between $250 and $371 each one. After I got the Carington 500 plan I searched up a dentist in their list loved the place and said I only needed 3 of those cavities to actually be filled and the rest could be taken care of myself by flossing and perscribed me a tooth paste. From my regular dentist it would of been $2400 but the the Carington dentise for 3 cavities it was on average $221 and… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great dental Plan”

Written on: 23/06/2012

My ederly Mom needed dentures and after pricing dentist including the dentist i chose off the plan was just too epensive. I chose Careington because of the plan cost and the fact that there is no waiting period. I can say I was very happy with my choice. My mom had her extractions and has her dentures and we are very pleased. Also the dental provider I chose, Dr Campbell in Pasadena, allows a payment plan with no interest. It's a win-win situation for us. you do have to do your reserch to make… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“At first this seemed amazing, I found myself telling...”

Written on: 28/04/2011

At first this seemed amazing, I found myself telling friends and family about this plan and how they need to try it. When I went to visit the dentist, one I had chose from the list that they have provided I was quoted different prices. The sales rep assured me that the prices he quoted are set. I found this information to be very misleading. This plan is only good for individuals who do not need a lot of work done, and would be more beneficial to those who need it for a check up here and there… Read Full Review

Debwilliams1's Comment

Written on: 10/02/2014

Don't tell anybody about this rip off for a company. They are just wrong. Don't work with "Todd" either.he is hopeless

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★★★★☆

“I didn't have dental insurance due to job loss. Out of...”

Written on: 18/04/2011

I didn't have dental insurance due to job loss. Out of deseperation and after reading many reviews, I decided to go with Careington 500 plan. I found a dentist the next day and went in, had a tooth extracted, an exam and a bite-wing x-ray and only payed $79. That was $100 less than what I was quoted at my normal dentist's office. Although, I have only used it once, I can say that it is definitely a good deal for what you pay. Not as good as insurance, but close enough. I definitely think it is… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Here is my recommendation to everybody based on my...”

Written on: 14/01/2011

Here is my recommendation to everybody based on my personal experience.
The discounts mentioned in their website apply only for the GENERAL DENTIST. If you go to any specialist like Oral Surgeon, Orthodontist, Prosthodontists etc, they will give you only 20% discount. And there is a disclaimer in their website which says that you get 20% discounts with specialist. In their website, they have mentioned they you get 50%-70% discounts for Oral Surgeries, tooth extractions etc, that applies only… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“My husband and I have been using this plan for over a...”

Written on: 18/03/2010 by Glanthripe (1 review written)

My husband and I have been using this plan for over a year, and I love it. In the last 6 months alone, we have saved almost $4,000 on our dental costs -- and that's just at the general dentist!

Strengths: $6.95/mo. for individual, Starts immediately, No maximums, Fully discloses fee schedule online (only one I've seen to do so)

Weaknesses: After becoming a member, you must relate to the headquarters -- not so bad, but you do go through an automated voice system at first… Read Full Review

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