Regardless of whether you’re for or against the Affordable Care Act, health insurance helps subsidize expensive services like braces, pap smears, physicals, teeth whitening, and even just teeth cleaning. I’m in the process of getting health insurance again, this time, without a corporate job paying for it.
I heart my Sonicare toothbrush, but I need another cleaning and would like to try teeth whitening. There is no way for me to find out how much either service costs unless I call a doctor and ask for their a la carte menu, which they may not even give me because I’m without health insurance right now.
So Brighter.com contacted me, and I’m checking into their website to see what they have to offer. You don’t have to have insurance to use this service. (Whut!?) Before I go into my experience, did you know….
- 47% of LA residents don’t have dental insurance? That’s 4.7 MILLION people in LA without dental insurance. You do know that y’all only have one set of teeth, right? Then it’s off to get George Washington teeth for the rest of your life.
- A lot of you will not go to the dentist for years, and then you pay for it in different ways, including heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes.
- 17% of LA residents have gone to the dentist once or not at all in the past 10 years. Yeezus. (And I don’t mean Kanye’s album.)
- Brighter.com has partnered with over 500 dentists in LA County to pre-negotiate pricing on 400+ procedures, including popular ones like teeth cleaning, root canals (!!), and teeth whitening.
- Brighter.com is FREEEEEEEEEE to sign up. That’s my favorite price! (You don’t even have to sign up to search the website and check out doctor profile pictures. I know you are doing that.)
I was a little skeptical but curious. We’re all moving to making appointments online, right? Restaurant reservations, car buying (I did that for 51),
hell on earth DMV appointments… Why not dental appointments too?
I dug around brighter.com to find myself a dentist who would do Zoom! Whitening. I found a gang of dentists in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Monterey Park, and Los Feliz. I spent some time reading their Yelp reviews, which are incorporated into the site. In the end, I picked a woman dentist with numerous good Yelp reviews.
I was pretty surprised how easy it was to search for dentists in my area. I kept searching for random services like root canals (hope I never need this), teeth cleaning, x-rays, and general consultations. You can see in the image below that you can choose your appointment date and time on the right.
Last week, I made my appointment. Then I changed my mind while I was at out of town. I wanted to go to a dentist in my hometown. Easy peasy. I canceled my appointment with Dr. Xavier and went with Dr. Dre. (Not real doctor names.) I received an email confirming my new appointment. Voila!
I’m pretty excited to see how my experience WITH Dr. Dre is going to be. (Again, not real doctor name.) I’ll let you know as soon as I go! (These teeth are getting whitened next month.)
Going back to the insurance thing. If you’re looking for an alternative to signing up for dental insurance, consider Brighter.com. I’m interested to see how your experience(s) will be like. Check it out and let me know if you try out a dentist!!
Disclosure: Brighter.com is sending me to a dentist because my teeth are janky. (They’re not that janky.) Facts were sourced from Brighter.com. Some of these links lead you to shopping sites that will yield a commission for me… IF you purchase something.Â