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More than 1.5 million UnitedHealthcare dental plan participants
can purchase clear aligners for less than $1,000 out of pocket,
potentially offering improved convenience and significant savings for
New relationship among the first instances of a dental plan
covering, on an in-network basis, “teledentistry” and
direct-to-consumer clear aligners, providing people with
doctor-directed, remote aligner therapy to help straighten teeth
People enrolled in most UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and
individual dental plans with orthodontic coverage can now purchase
SmileDirectClub’s clear aligners for in most cases less than $1,000 out
of pocket, helping plan participants improve their smiles, and
potentially save time and thousands of dollars on orthodontic care.
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UnitedHealthcare and SmileDirectClub are collaborating to help eligible plan participants improve their smiles and save money through a new network relationship (Source: SmileDirectClub).
SmileDirectClub and UnitedHealthcare’s new network relationship is among
the first instances of a dental plan specifically covering, on an
in-network basis, teledentistry and direct-to-consumer clear aligners, a
care model pioneered by SmileDirectClub to improve access to, and
affordability of, orthodontic care.
More than 1.5 million UnitedHealthcare dental plan participants with
orthodontic coverage* can start the process by visiting SmileDirectClub.com
to order an impression kit or schedule a 3D digital image at any of
SmileDirectClub’s more than 235 SmileShops
across the country. Through this collaboration, eligible
UnitedHealthcare dental plan participants can review their benefit
information and potential out-of-pocket expenses with SmileDirectClub
customer care. Plan participants will soon be able to visit the
SmileDirectClub website to enter their dental plan details to access
real-time information and cost transparency.
SmileDirectClub connects people with a state-licensed dentist or
orthodontist to remotely review and prescribe a personalized treatment
plan, monitor progress and eliminate the need for in-office checkups,
providing a convenient and cost-effective way for consumers to have
their teeth straightened. SmileDirectClub’s clear aligners work best for
people 12 or older with all adult teeth and mild-to-moderate crowding or
Nearly half (45 percent) of Americans say they are planning to make
improving their oral health a priority this year, according to a recent
“People in over 60 percent of U.S. counties1 do not have
access to an orthodontist. SmileDirectClub increases access to a better,
straighter smile through our teledentistry platform, giving more
patients a convenient way to get the orthodontic care they need,” said
Alex Fenkell, co-founder of SmileDirectClub. “By working with
UnitedHealthcare, we will enable more people to get the smiles they’ll
love and improve their confidence.”
“UnitedHealthcare’s new relationship with SmileDirectClub enables more
people to improve their smiles, helping encourage them to make a greater
commitment to their dental health,” said Tom Wiffler, CEO of
UnitedHealthcare Specialty Benefits. “Research
shows oral health is connected to overall health, so working with
SmileDirectClub helps further meet our dental plan participants’ oral
health and whole-health needs.”
*Not all UnitedHealthcare dental plans include orthodontic coverage.
was founded on a simple belief: Everyone deserves a smile they love.
Recognizing an opportunity to increase access to affordable dental care,
the company pioneered remote teledentistry and became the market leader
of doctor-directed, remote clear aligner therapy. A digital network of
240+ state-licensed dentists and orthodontists approve and oversee
customer SmilePlans from start to finish. Customers enter the
SmileDirectClub journey in two ways: An Impression Kit sent by mail or
by visiting one of 235+ SmileShops for 3D digital images.
SmileDirectClub was founded in 2014 by Alex Fenkell and Jordan Katzman
in partnership with Camelot Venture Group, whose portfolio companies
include 1-800 CONTACTS and Quicken Loans. Available in the U.S., Canada
and Puerto Rico, SmileDirectClub is based in Nashville, Tennessee. For
more information, visit SmileDirectClub.com.
is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the
health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care
experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining
trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States,
UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for
individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and care
professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people
through owned and operated health care facilities in South America.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit
UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com
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1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2017www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/teleorthodontics-and-access-to-care-at-least-84-percent-of-underserved-us-counties-now-have-access-to-orthodontic-treatment-300671890.html
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