Dental discount plans work like this: Plans find dentists interested in participating then negotiate discounted fees for dental care. Members pay a fee (either monthly or annually) to join the plan, then pay the discounted fees the dentists agreed to offer at the time of the appointment.
Participating DentalSave dentists, for example, typically charge DentalSave members 20-50 percent less than other patients.
Think of it as a warehouse club: By becoming a member, you get the same quality product (in this case, great dental care) for a big discount. The money you save quickly covers the cost of membership. All you need to do to save is show your membership card.