When it comes to offering a dental insurance plan as an employee benefit, most small business owners have to pass on affordability grounds. Cheap or low-cost dental plans are nowhere to be found. But low-cost, easy-access dental discounts plans are something worth chewing on, and a newly launched service called Brighter is providing a way for small businesses and even startups to offer employees access to deep-discount dental services for a tiny annual fee.
The Brighter Small Business Plan – at an annual cost of just $49 per employee (that could easily be a monthly charge under most insurance plans) – can save that and then some in a single dentist visit. Overall, Brighter estimates that employees and family members can cut their dental costs in half, with no limits on dental visits and discounts of 54-65% on all procedures, including exams, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, crowns, extractions, root canals, TMJ, broken teeth and bridges.
Brighter’s mission, in part, is to help provide affordable dental care to small businesses and employees who don’t have access to or can’t afford dental insurance. And Brighter, a startup itself, walks its own talk by encouraging its employees to take time out of the work day to visit a dentist during a designated week every six months.
What’s more, with Brighter you aren’t stuck with choosing a dentist from someone’s narrow, pre-defined list. Brighter gets patients the best possible price on dental care through a partnership with Careington International, a leading provider of dental discount plans. Careington has negotiated up to 60% discounts on nearly every procedure with over 25,000 dentists in 87,000 locations across the United States.
The prices you see on Brighter are the prices you will pay to that dentist – no asking for estimates or waiting until the end of the visit to find out how much you owe. And since you can see exactly what a procedure costs on the Brighter website, you can also shop around for the absolute best dental deal. And since finding a trusted local dentist can be difficult, Brighter also lets members plug into social media sites to find and select a dentist based on recommendations from friends in their personal networks.
The Brighter basics are simple:
- Find a Brighter dentist from the network, online.
- Join Brighter to tap into the member discounts.
- Pay your Brighter dentist directly.
With Brighter, business owners can build a cost-effective, do-it-yourself (DIY) dental plan that will give employees something to smile about.
Here’s the list of Brighter cities and states:
Brighter Cities: Atlanta | Austin | Baltimore | Birmingham | Boston | Buffalo | Chicago | Cincinnati | Cleveland | Columbus | Dallas | Denver | Detroit | Fort Worth | Hartford | Houston | Indianapolis | Jacksonville | Kansas City | Las Vegas | Los Angeles | Louisville | Memphis | Milwaukee | Minneapolis | Nashville | New Orleans | New York | Norfolk | Oakland | Oklahoma City | Philadelphia | Phoenix | Pittsburgh | Portland | Providence | Raleigh | Richmond | Riverside | Sacramento | Salt Lake City | San Antonio | San Bernardino | San Diego | San Francisco | San Jose | Seattle | St. Louis | St. Paul | Virginia Beach | Washington DC
Brighter States: Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | D. Columbia | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Missouri | Mississippi | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming
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