Careington Review

ByBen HartmanMar. 28, 2019

In a Nutshell

For almost 40 years, Careington has helped users receive discounts on dental care—and other types of healthcare—in countless locales across the country. An entry-level dental plan can be purchased for as little as $8.95 per month, and for only a few dollars more per month you can also receive discounts on vision care and prescription medicine, with the discount provided at the point of purchase.

pros

  • 20%-60% off on routine dental procedures, including orthodontics
  • No limits on use, can be expanded for vision and drug discounts

cons

  • Not available in Vermont or Washington
  • No live chat customer service

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Best for?

People who would like to be able to get discounts on dental care, but perhaps can’t afford a full dental insurance plan. Also, people who would like to add family members to a discount plan and/or may need to also take advantage of discounts on vision care and prescription drugs. 

Top Features

In a matter of minutes, Careington allows you to sign up for dental discount plans that are less than $10 per month, and potentially can pay for themselves in no time, even with just a single teeth cleaning. You can also easily add family members and additional services, such as vision treatment. The plan doesn’t require any lengthy application process and anyone over 18 is eligible. There is also no limit on how many times you use the plan in a calendar year. 

  • Plans as cheap as $8.95 per month (plus $20 activation fee) 
  • Nationwide network of providers (except VT and WA)
  • Quick and easy sign-up, no administrative forms to fill out 
  • Compatible with health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, and health reimbursement accounts 
  • Vision care, telemedicine, prescription drug discounts, and LASIK discounts available

Who is Eligible?

Anyone over the age of 18 can join the program, and prior dental conditions won’t make you ineligible. 

What it Covers 

  • Careington 500 Dental Savings Plan ($8.95 per month for an individual, $13.95/month for member + one, $16.95 for member + family. Annual plans are $89, $139, and $169, respectively)

Adult and child teeth cleaning

Routine checkup

Extensive oral exam

Four bitewing X-rays

Composite filling

Crown 

Complete upper denture

Molar root canal 

Extraction (single tooth) 

  • Careington Dental & Vision Discount Plan ($9.95 per month for an individual, $14.95/month for member + one, $17.95 for member + family. Annual plans are $99, $149, and $179, respectively)

All dental services offered on 500 Dental Savings plan, in addition to:

WellVision Exam

Retinal Screening

Lenses, Lens Enhancements, Frames, Sunglasses, Contact lenses

Laser Vision Correction

40%-50% off LASIK surgery 

  • Careington Dental, Vision Plus Telemedicine Plan ($12.95 per month for an individual, $17.95/month for member + one, $21.95 for member + family. Annual plans are $129, $179, and $219 respectively)

All services provided by Careington Dental & Vision Discount Plan plus:

DialCare telemedicine solution—speak directly to doctors for consultation about a host of ailments

Access to eDocAmerica online health and wellness information service

Savings of between 15%-60% off price of generic drugs and 10% to 25% off price of brand name drugs. 

Why it’s Good for Families

Adding family members to a plan doesn’t cost much more than the individual price, and can potentially save you a significant amount of money, especially if your children need orthodontic work. The plan can save you $58 on a single child teeth cleaning, meaning that even just with the routine work, it can pay for itself.

Why it’s Good for Students and Seniors

A single dental procedure can set you back a lot, with a single root canal costing over $1,400 easily. If you’re someone on a fixed income, like a student or senior citizen, this is no small thing. Dental discount plans like those of Careington can help you offset these costs (helping you save over $700 on a root canal) if they arise. 

Which Areas is it Available in?

The Careington plan is available with dentists across their nationwide network, except in Vermont and Washington. 

Policy Types and Prices

Plan
Cost for one
Cost for one + one
Cost for member + family
500 Dental Savings Plan
$8.95 monthly, $89.00 annually
$13.95 monthly, $139.00 annually
$16.95 monthly, $169.00 annually
Dental Discount Plan
$8.95 monthly, $89.00 annually
$13.95 monthly, $139.00 annually
$16.95 monthly, $169.00 annually 
Dental and Vision Discount Plan
$9.95 monthly, $99.00 annually
$14.95 monthly, $149.00 annually
$17.95 monthly, $179.00 annually
Dental, Vision, plus telemedicine plan
$12.95 monthly, $129.00 annually
$17.95 monthly, $179.00 annually
$21.95 monthly, $219.00 annually

*all plans come with a one-time $20 registration fee

Application Process

Sign-up should only take a few minutes online, and after signing up, you’ll immediately receive a member ID and then in 7-10 business days the membership materials and membership cards. 

When it’s time to schedule an appointment, just search for a participant provider near you on the Careington website, and then schedule your appointment. Your discount will be taken out at the time of the appointment, when you pay. 

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Customer Service

As a Careington member, if you have any questions, you can contact the company by way of a toll free number from 7am to 7pm Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday. You should also be able to find answers to most questions on the company website. 

Bottom Line

Careington allows you to join a network of discounted dental providers for a monthly fee that can pay for itself with only minor use. For a small added fee, you can also receive vision care and prescription drug discounts for yourself and your family. 

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