5 Reasons to Use Your Dental Insurance Before the End of the Year

You probably don’t realise that using your dental benefits before the end of the year can save you hundreds of dollars! While the majority of dental plans run on a calendar year, there are some that run fiscally dependant on different situation. We have compiled 5 different reasons why using your benefits before the end of the calendar year will save you time and money.

1. Yearly Maximum

Your dental insurance plan likely has a yearly maximum, this amount is what your dental insurance plan has agreed to pay up to for the year. Most people have an average of $1,000 per year, per person, but this can vary by insurance company. If you have any unused benefits, they do not rollover to the next year so it is wise to plan ahead before your calendar or fiscal year ends.

2. Deductible

Most insurance companies requires a deductible to be paid out of pocket to your dentist, before your insurance company will pay for any services. Depending on your plan and the dentist you choose, your deductible can vary in amount, however average deductibles are around $50 per year. When plans roll over to a new year, your deductible will also be reset.

3. Premiums

You are paying dental premiums each and every month and you should be taking full advantage of them. If you don’t think you require dental treatment, coming in every six months for a cleaning is great for maintaining your oral health and preventing future dental problems.

4. Fee Increases

Did you know that some dentists increase their rates at the beginning of the year due to the cost of living, equipment and materials rising? Take advantage of all of your benefits before the year end, it may save you money! Co-payers will have to pay more if a fee increase takes place at your dentist’s office.

5. Dental Problems Can Worsen

If you still have benefits available before the end of the year, book yourself in for an appointment. Delaying treatment can mean that you will encounter more expensive and extensive treatment in the future. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment now, so that cavities and other minor issues can be treated rather than them turning into larger problems.

Know friends who need a dentist? Refer and get $50!

Share your Opencare referral link. After they visit a new Opencare dentist, both of you each get a $50 Prepaid Visa Card. Log in here to get your referral link.

Top 5 Reasons Why Millennials in Toronto Are Loving Opencare

Good news travels fast! More and more people are using Opencare to find a caring dentist, and we’re grateful for all your comments and feedback. As you know, we really strive to simplify the healthcare process, so it’ll be easier for people to be proactive about their health. After hearing your thoughts, we’re glad that we’re making a difference.

To summarize all your messages and anecdotes, here are the top 5 reasons why you love Opencare!

  1. Dentist quality on Opencare is top notch.

We only partner with dentists that have high patient reviews!

  1. Opencare’s website is clean, straightforward, and easy to use.

We’ll let our designer know 🙂

  1. All the information in one place: insurance, location map, dental office photos, and more!

Goodbye browser with 20 tabs.

  1. Online booking!

No more playing phone tag with the dental receptionist.

  1. $50 Gift Card

Do we need to say more?

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Want a $50 gift card when you visit a new dentist?

Here you go 🙂 Use offer today.

How can you get an Opencare $50 gift card?

Why does Opencare give out $50 gift cards?

The reason why we give out $50 gift cards is because our mission is to encourage everyone to be more proactive about their health. We are all guilty of delaying our dental appointments, so at Opencare, we decided to make going to the dentist a bit more fun by adding an awesome reward.

Who is eligible for the Opencare gift card promotion?

You are eligible if:

  • You booked an appointment through Opencare with a new dentist.
  • You live in a qualifying region.
  • You, as the patient, are at least 18 years old.
  • You have not claimed an Opencare gift card in the past.

How can you claim your gift card?

It’s SIMPLE!

  1. Get your receipt from your new Opencare dentist.
  2. Send us a photo of your receipt using this form.
  3. After validating your receipt in 1-2 business days, we’ll send your Opencare gift card to your email!

How does the Opencare referral promotion work?

Every time you refer Opencare, you and your friend each get a $50 gift card after your friend’s appointment! Simply send your Opencare referral link to your friend, and your friend must book an appointment through your link.

I want to book a dentist and get the gift card. What’s the promo code to get the $50?

Easy! Book here.

 

Do you feel pain when you go to the dentist? That’s not normal. Here’s why.

Dental appointments nowadays should not be painful. Sure, you may feel discomfort, especially if the procedure is a tooth extraction, but it should not be painful. Freezing and sedation are common uses for all procedures. In addition to these two, dentist’s tools have evolved and improved dramatically in the last few years. For example, let’s look at how hygienists remove plaque a few years ago compared to today. Before, hygienists used a hook to scrape off plaque. I’m sure you can imagine just how uncomfortable it is to have a sharp object in your mouth. However, today, hygienists constantly spray your teeth with water and slowly removes the plaque with vibrations, so the plaque will just fall off naturally.

Additionally, many dentists have upgraded the furnishings in their office to make their patients more comfortable. Imagine this…you are sitting on a massage chair that is rubbing and kneading your back, while you are watching the latest episode of “House of Cards” on a ceiling-mounted TV with noise-cancelling headphones. That mental picture is reality. More and more dentists are offering these features for extra comfort for their patients.

So, if you do feel pain every time you go to a dentist, think again. There are better solutions out there.

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Do you want to start exploring new dental options? Use our $50 gift card offer!

Opencare is a great way to find a caring dentist, because we only accept dentists with high patient reviews.

We also reward Opencare patients with a $50 gift card when they visit a new dentist! We do this because our mission is to encourage everyone to be more proactive about their health.

Book an appointment online today at Opencare.

Want to eat charcoal ice cream but have sensitive teeth? Top 3 things to do to alleviate the pain!

I got to admit. I’m a bit skeptical about anything trendy, but I reluctantly lined up at the store on Queen to get a mouthful of this seemingly fad product. But I was wrong, it was tasty tasty. Then, oh shoot, I forgot my teeth was sensitive to cold things. If you’re like me, let me save you time researching about sensitive teeth. Here are the top 3 things to do to fix the pain.

1. Use the right toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Below are top toothpastes that are recommended by the experts at Consumer Search.

  • Sensodyne ProNamel Gentle Whitening – This is a 3 in 1 solution: cures sensitivity, whitens teeth, and tastes good.
  • Sensodyne Repair and Protect Toothpaste – If you don’t care about teeth whitening, this is the one for you.
  • Squigle Tooth Builder Sensitive Toothpaste – This contains only natural ingredients, but the taste takes some getting used to.

2. Change your diet.
Acidic food and drinks could cause your mouth to be more sensitive. Foods like oranges, corn, olives, and grains are high in acid. Try eating less acidic foods, and see whether that makes a difference.

3. Go to the dentist.
If the pain is too unbearable, then it’s time to go to the dentist. Depending on the actual issue, you may need to get a filling, gum grafting, or root canal.

I really hope that you’re not dealing with the last point. However, if you do need a dentist, we can help you find a caring dentist to check on your mouth. Go to Opencare to book an appointment online.

Have young kids? Here’s how you can find a family-friendly dentist.

Kids in one place for 1.5 hours. That sounds problematic. Don’t worry, more and more dentists are furnishing their dental offices with play pens. There are 2 ways to find out which offices are family-friendly.

  1. Browse through the photos of the dental office. If the place is good for children, you will most likely see photos of kid booths that have toys and games. Dentists are usually proud of this, so they will promote it as much as possible!

 

  1. Opencare is a great way to find a caring dentist for the family. We surveyed each of our dentists, and they indicated whether or not their office is kid-friendly. Check out Opencare, and you can see this in the list of features in the dentists’ profiles (photo below). If you find a dentist that you like, you can easily book an appointment online.