It might be hard to believe. Theres a segment of the population of people who hate their teeth so much that they want to replace every single one of them. They either hate them because many of their teeth are missing, broken, or painful; And they may even hate their teeth because they are tired of taking care of them. If this sounds familiar, you most likely have come across the company, Clear Choice Dental Implants.
As a TMJ, sedation, and reconstructive dentist, I see a lot of the same types of patients as Clear Choice. We both see some of the most complex cases in the country and there is a mutual respect because of that.
In this article, I’ll discuss with you unbiased and without any sponsorship. The goal is just to provide the information so you understand what’s the best fit for you. We’ll talk about what are Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers, what they do, what Clear Choice costs, and if its right for you.
What are Clear Choice Dental Implants
Clear Choice Dental Implant centers fill a much needed void in the dental market. They help patients who need major reconstructive dentistry complete their treatment in an efficient way. Clear Choice is known mostly for its specialization in dental implants, particularly all on 4 dental implants.
In case you don’t know what all-on-4 dental implant are I’ll share with you. All on 4 dental implants are a method for restoring an entire arch of teeth with four implants. The result is teeth that look cosmetically pleasing and are fixed in place similar to natural teeth. Four implants are the least amount of implants required to properly support a full mouth dental reconstruction. So although, all on 4 is not necessarily cheap, its certainly the best value for restoring numerous teeth to near natural levels. Studies show dental implants have a significant affect on quality of life compared to alternatives—so there is value there.
Now here’s why Clear Choice Dental Implant centers have a brilliant business model.
Traditionally, patient who needed complex full mouth reconstruction would first see a general dentist. That general dentist would then refer the patient to a prosthodontist who would consult with the patient. But then the patient hits a speedbump again: The prosthodontist only makes teeth, they typically don’t specialize in placing implants. So the prosthodontist would then refer the patient to another provider, an oral surgeon or periodontist, to consult regarding dental implant surgery. That surgeon may or may not have the ability to take a cone beam CT, so there may be yet an additional referral to an imaging center.
You can see how having so many different providers can be overwhelming and confusing for the patient. It also lends to conflict of opinions or miscommunication occasionally. And in terms of total cost to the patient, theres numerous consult fees and the patient doesn’t know the final price until the final consult.
Clearchoice revolutionizes that process by offering free initial consultations (at least at the time of this writing) and by having all the skilled specialists needed for complex recontructions in-house collaborating on the same team.
Pros and Cons of Clear Choice Dental Implants
The focus of the Clear Choice Dental Implant center brand is on full mouth reconstructions and smile makeovers. Patients who would go to Clear Choice have a significant amount of dental needs and are seeking an option which feels close to natural.
If you are looking for all on 4 dental implants, you most certainly have come across Clear Choice. There’s only a handful of dentists in each metro area which routinely perform the all on 4 procedure, and Clear Choice is verified to have specialists well trained in that area.
The benefit of Clear Choice doctors is that they only employ specialists. You will see both a periodontist (or oral surgeon) for you implant surgery, and a prosthodontist to create the restorations on those implants.
Depending on how you look at it, committing to a set of doctors that work as a package team could also be a disadvantage. You may feel comfortable with one and not the other, which could be considered a disadvantage. It’s important to understand that although the Clear Choice model is consistent, each location of course has doctors unique to that location with their own style of chairside manner and personality. So theoretically you may bond with the team at one location over the other. With that being said, based on credentials, it appears that Clear Choice is selecting well qualified clinically sound providers at their locations.
The Million Dollar Question: Clear Choice Dental Implants Cost
Okay, so the answer to the million dollar questions is thankfully: not a million dollars. Phew!
Now, before we get into cost, you have to remember that Clear Choice is known for is complex full mouth reconstructions. So the Clear Choice brand is not designed for somone that needs a couple fillings and an implant. It’s for people who need an entire arch of teeth replaced in a natural feeling way.
There are a number of ways to restore a person’s entire mouth, some are less expensive and thus look and feel less natural. And some are more expensive that can produce stunning results. Clear Choice focuses on the all on 4 dental implant procedure. It is the most affordable method to restore an entire arch with fixed teeth using implants.
Although everyone is different and every location may be different due to cost of living, you can expect a ballpark for an entire arch restored with all on 4 dental implants in the range of $20,000+ to give you a sense. Remember, this may vary depending on many factors.
Here’s what Clear Choice Does to Help with Cost
At the time of this writing, Clear Choice promotes a free consultation including a 3D CT scan. This allows us to develop a preliminary treatment plan for your specific needs and give you an exact, all-inclusive cost.
According to the Clear Choice website, they offer third-party financing to help create a payment plan that fits your budget. Some of the most common options for financing in the dental industry are Care Credit, Lending Club, and leveraging plans bundled into your healthcare insurance like Flex Spending Accounts or Health Savings Accounts.
A Third Alternative: Aesthetic Smile Reconstruction
If you have been hiding your smile in shame for far too long, it’s time to find a better way today. For many, the Clear Choice brand offers a unique solution that is different than many practices.
Clear choice dental implants created a brand where they created a team of specialists all under one roof. The alternative is seeing a multispecialty dentist. Currently there’s not very many of them. Most dentists are focus on either general dentistry or one specific speciality. I saw the potential of the Clear Choice brand pretty early on and liked it. In fact, I built an entire career which parellels the concept.
How I Created a Brand Focused on Helping Patients with Complex Problems
When I was a young dentist, I became obsessed with learning. I knew I wanted to learn advanced specialty dentistry, but I didnt want to choose just one dental residency program. That meant I would be married to only one dental specialty, and the alternative was to focus on routine general dentistry. I knew I wouldnt be happy with either. It was one of the most fustrating times in my life.
What ended up happening is I created my own path. I began reaching out to all the top specialists in the country, writing hundreds of emails, making dozens of phone calls, and numerous inquiries to the biggest names in dentistry. I had a very simple request: I wanted an opportunity for direct mentorship either in their practice or one of their courses.
For my first few years after dental school, I flew around the country training in dental surgery, reconstruction, TMJ, and sedation dentistry from the leaders in dentistry. The training was customized to me; designed to generate skill and more importantly patient comfort. No other young dentist trained like this.
What I didn’t realize then is this would shape my practice, Aesthetic Smile Reconstruction, as one of the most unique in the country. Similar to Clear Choice, my training created a unique brand, so much so that it was featured in numerous national publications. For this I am forever grateful and proud.
Regardless what you choose: The Focus is YOU!
So in closing, here’s what I will leave you with. Believe in yourself, in hope, and the power of your smile.
Don’t say, “If I could, I would.” Say, “If I can, I will.’”
If you have been overwhelmed and avoiding taking care of your smile, just know you are not alone. Studies show that as much as 36% of the population is overwhemed by the thought of complex dental treatment.
And more importantly, there are options available. Whether you see a general dentist who takes a traditional approach, a Clear Choice Dental Implant center who has their style, or a multispecialty dentist like myself, just know the focus should always be the same: building trust, making you comfortable, and getting you the best smile you can dream of.