If you are a resident of Washington State and are about to purchase dental insurance, this article will help you:
A review of seven Washington dental plans from three of the largest insurance companies (MetLife, Guardian Direct, and Renaissance Dental) in the state found that the average premium quote for a 33 year-old living in Spokane was $38.71. The least expensive plan was a PPO dental insurance plan, Guardian Direct’s Advantage Starter, which cost $26.41 a month. This plan had a 6-month waiting period on basic dental services (preventive care was available immediately) and the plan did not cover major dental procedures. The plan with the highest premium among the seven reviewed was Guardian Direct's Advantage Achiever. This plan charged $53.86 a month for its coverage.
Interestingly, the most expensive plan in the review did not have the highest maximum benefit (the maximum benefit is the dollar limit on what an insurance company will pay annually for your dental care). The plan with the highest annual limit of those reviewed was MetLife's Takealong Dental High PPO. This plan would cover up to $2,000 in insurance payments each year. The Guardian Direct Advantage Achiever covered $1,000 in payments in the first year, though this amount increased to $1,500 for members who stayed continuously enrolled three or more years. Across all seven plans, the average maximum benefit during the first 12 months of coverage was $1,071. Two of the plans (Guardian’s Advantage Core and Advantage Starter) had maximum benefits of $500 during this period.
Most of the plans paid for annual cleanings with no co-pay on the part of the plan enrollee. All of the plans reviewed paid for at least 50 percent of the cost of a filling for an in-network dentist, with the average being 64 percent of the cost covered by insurance. One plan, the Guardian Direct Advantage Starter, did not cover crowns. However, other plans by Guardian (Guardian Advantage Core PPO and Guardian Advantage Achiever PPO) included coverage for crowns.
If you are interested in which of these plans are bestsellers in the state, see the section immediately below. To see all available plans in your area, visit our home page and compare dental plans.
Rich benefits with maximums increase each year for the first 3 years.
Plan type: PPO
Plan Maximum: $1000 1st Year
$1250 2nd Year
$1500 3rd Year
Large Network of Dentists
Plan type: PPO
Plan Maximum: $3000
No Waiting Periods for Preventive and Basic services
Plan type: PPO
Plan Maximum: $1500
The Washington State Dental Association is considered the voice of dentistry for the Evergreen State. This professional association has over 4,000 members belonging to the dental care industry and advocates for a variety of oral health care standards.
This page maintained by the Washington State Department of Health provides education, surveys, and other information pertaining to oral health issues for Washington residents.
This resource lists free and low cost dental services available in Washington State, including no-charge dental clinics, sliding-scale dental clinics, and nonprofit dental clinics.