With one of the nation’s largest dental networks1 — the leader in most markets — Guardian Dental is designed to give you and your employees access to the dentists they want and the level of care they expect. 

Guardian's DentalGuard Preferred Network offers a choice of dentists from one of the nation's largest networks, making it easy to find a prescreened, contracted dentist who is conveniently located. We also offer a DHMO network in select markets that continues to grow each day. Our networks include thousands of specialists, such as periodontists, pediatric dentists, and orthodontists. And with plan designs that encourage care with a contracted dentist, as well as online tools to help members understand their benefits, employees have more reasons to see a dentist in the network. Plus with discounts averaging 36%,2 employees save on care that is important to their health.

Dental Network Nations Largest

Always getting stronger

Guardian’s dental network has grown more than 42% in the last five years and we expect that growth to continue. Guardian is committed to enhancing our network’s depth and scope. We are continually seeking to attract not just additional dentists, but the right dentists — especially, the top dentists in your area. We target dentists based on location and claims experience. Highly skilled local recruiters build face-to-face relationships with dentists and work with you to make sure the dentists that your employees want to see are contracted with Guardian. This includes customized campaigns to recruit those dentists. We even offer recruitment commitments and guarantees for groups with more than 1,000 lives. 

Dental Network Growth Chart

Appreciated by members

The true value of a dental plan network is how much members use it. We make sure our network includes the right dentists and we make them easy to find online or via smartphone. Our plan designs encourage members to use in-network dentists to get the most savings. What’s more, our online tools and educational materials further reinforce the value of in-network dentists. With our dental cost estimator tool, for instance, members can get an estimate for the cost of care and see how much they can save based on their choice of dentist.

This approach has resulted in an in-network effective discount (the total percentage of claim savings due to in-network utilization) that is higher than the industry average. The high in-network effective discount means that employers and their employees get more value from their dental benefits.

Employee recommendations encouraged

While Guardian actively recruits dentists nationwide, we also seek preferred provider recommendations from your employees. We supply forms that they can submit directly to Guardian and we’ll act on those recommendations. So your employees benefit twice — by keeping their existing dentists and getting our best negotiated rates on their behalf.

Quality you can count on

We enforce a strict credentialing process and re-credential every three years to ensure our dentists are always in good standing — and providing the care that patients expect.

Added value with our ASO plans

Since our dental network is so strong, we also provide employers with ASO plans the opportunity to lease it — giving employees access to thousands of quality dentists offering discounts. Currently, more than 620,000 members have access to network dentists through leasing agreements.

A high level of service for all

Whichever Dental plan you choose, you can expect service that is among the best in the industry.

Our claims turnaround averages two days with 99.7% accuracy.2 And our members have registered a 99% satisfaction rating with the service provided by in-network dentists.Members also have access to Guardian Anytime, where they can manage their benefits, including checking claims status, 24/7. 

Contact your broker today

Learn more about why Guardian is a smart choice for dental insurance.  We’ll be glad to work with you and your broker to determine the best coverage for your company’s needs.



NetMinder, March 2016



Guardian reporting, 2016