So, put your seat belts on folks, because this is gonna be a post you want to sit down for... There is the common misconception that dentist and insurance companies are friends. Why? Well, because the first thing almost all parents ask is...do you take my insurance? The answer is: "We are not in-network, but we work with all insurances."
So, what does it mean to be "in-network"?
To be an in-network dentist means that you sign up with a variety of dental insurances to accept discounts to your fees (sometimes very large ones - 50% off!) in order to be part of that insurance. In order to make up for these discounted fees, generally in-network dentists need to see a lot more patients to make up for these severely discounted fees, and they can sometimes force dentists to cut corners which it comes to dentistry.
Did you know that employers spend $95 billion on dental insurance premiums annually, but only 60% goes to dental care?
Why are you an "out-of-network" dentist?
What if I don't have insurance?