Guardian Dental Insurance Review

Rating: 9.1 / 10 (Excellent)
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Guardian Life Insurance Co. is among the largest mutual insurance companies in the nation. Founded in 1860 and headquartered in New York, Guardian offers a wide array of products, including life and health insurances and financial services. Guardian employs more than 3,000 agents in over 70 locations across the country and holds an A+ rating with the BBB.

Guardian Dental 

Guardian is one of the nation's leading providers of life and health insurance. Its dental insurance arm, Guardian Dental, provides a wide range of plans that are tailored to meet individual and group needs. 

What's Included with Guardian Dental

Plan Reviewed

DentalGuard Preferred (Core Plan and High Plan)

How much does it save you?

100% percent savings on preventive and basic care services, zero coverage for major care but 50 percent is given for premium plan holders.


Monthly premium $25.46 
Plus one Dependent (spouse or child) $50.22
Member, spouse and child(ren) $93.85

Annual Maximum


Treatments Covered and Reimbursements

Preventive, Basic and Major services covered under premium plan. 

Fine Print

Crowns, Inlays, Onlays and Labial Veneers are covered only when caused by decay or injury, and only when the tooth cannot be restored with amalgam or composite filing material.

The total number of cleanings and periodontal maintenance procedures are combined in a 12 month period. 

Restrictions may apply to composite fillings.


Guardian Dental is a reputable provider of dental insurance plans. Its extensive network of dentists makes great savings possible for those searching for a quality dental plan.

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Latest Guardian Reviews

Newark, New Jersey

I signed up for dental insurance at the beginning of 2018 (Guardian Advantage PPO Silver) and went to the dentist and got a deep cleaning of my entire mouth. When reaching out to guardian to follow up on my claim after the work was completed, I was told that a deep cleaning is different from a regular cleaning. A regular cleaning is considered as preventive work but a deep cleaning is considered major dental work and is not covered under my policy until after being enrolled for one entire year. I don't know how they get away with this, I opted for a deep cleaning as preventive measure, I do not have any cavities and i don't understand the difference between a deep cleaning and regular... Read More

Bruce B
Chicago, Illinois

I've submitted two claims. I've submitted the paperwork for both claims twice. The first claim was denied because they sent additional paperwork, which was completed and returned not once, but twice. They state they've never received the additional paperwork. The paperwork for the second claim was submitted twice, each time separated by one month. Two months later, they have yet to acknowledge it. I'm cancelling our coverage. The choice of participating dentists in our area is not very good.

Atlanta, Georgia

I find it extremely hard to believe that this is a 'Top rated" insurance company. After having to deal with them over the last 2 months, I feel the need to warn people, if they are given a choice. Understandably, you have to go with the insurance offered by your company. I have spent over 2 hours on 4 separate calls to give them the information they keep telling my Dr they need. They claim that I am the only one who can give them this information, not the Dr. office. I have called numerous times to give them this information, each time they say they do not need it & do not know why the Dr. tells me this. During this time I also received a letter from Guardian asking for this same... Read More

San Jose, California

Unfortunately I've had bad experience with GDI but thing are getting better. One example is trying to get a replacement bridge approved. My Dentist sent 2 requests with x-rays to Guardian and did not receive any response. I took the reins and called Guardian one day. The rep told me there was no record of for a bridge replacement. She but me on hold, got back to me and said the request was waiting approval. I replied, "I thought your records showed not requests." She said it was seen further down the document she was reading and Guardian would call me back in two hours to let me know the results. Yes, guessed it, I did not receive a telephone call. I called back the next day, got the... Read More

Ripped c
Flower Mound, Texas

Dont ever take this insurance. Lot of dental providers within their network refuse to accept them initially. Their co-pays are so high that I was able to get cash price (w/o insurance) on almost all their services equal to their total co-pay. So why should we get their insurance. So effectively, I have gotten my dental care done with cash without insurance. I just keep paying their premium. Just cancelled their insurance. The biggest gotcha....they keep deducting your monthly premium silently. They said and and so did marketplace, that if you dont pay next premium due, the insurance will cancel automatically. I used a debit card to pay their one month premium for one month without... Read More

Houston, Texas

very bad insurance, very bad policies, they are very rood, they don't allow the patient to see the dentist only must wait 3 days, they collect the money automatic from the bank account each month, i was in pain and i call them many times , i spoke to many deferent persons, serious and honest the service is very bad, i advice the people to go to another insurance company, better service, better benefit and the customer service more nice and professional service than guardians, guardian they never have a professional service they don't care if the member on pain or die they got nothing to do, just take the money and they want to drag the person feet to their bad service and stuck with... Read More

Maureen C
, Pennsylvania

I have had guardian through my husbands employer for more than a year. I have been trying to get a claim paid since July 7th 2016. They keep asking fr the same information. I keep sending it. I ask to speak or email or chat with a manager and get told "let me help you" and NOTHING! I end up getting the same letter in the mail. They are horrible. I have NEVER had dental insurance company work so hard at not paying your claim. I wish I could give them negative stars!

Donna R
Atlanta, Georgia

I have dental insurance with them as of January 1, 2018. It has been a month and have not received my insurance card. I was told to do this Dental & Vision – Guardian does not issue cards for these benefits; generic cards can be downloaded from the participate portal. You can access this portal at https://www.guardiana/ Login / Register > Register Now > Member > Complete online form. My card is not there as of 1/31/2018.

Derek D
River Forest, Illinois

The worst service I got in my life. At the first they cancelled my policy without my knowledge, than they apologized when I called . They put it back. I already cancelled 1 appointment I had with dentist from network. I made another appointment and they said this dentist does not accept new patients. The dentist does accept new patients that is why she made appointment with me, they now better. I terminated policy with idiots.

De L
Dallas, Texas

Horrible. They will give any excuse not to pay. Was told my husband’s procedure couldn’t be paid because they were considering Aflac to be the primary. During that conversation, was also told that the rest of the family would have Guardian as their primary because the policy is under my name. Son’s procedure not paid for because Aflac was considered primary. Surprise! Cancelling and letting the rest of our office know so they can cancel before wasting anymore of their hard earned money. Don’t waste your time or money.

Baldwinsville, New York

Presently Guardian is in a business relationship via a "leaseable" contract arrangement with DenteMax Discount Dental Plan whereby their preferred providers are having their arms twisted into accepting even ridiculously lower fees. In the long run they are separating their members from their family dentists who were already preferred providers of their dental insurance plans. This can be likened to an airline selling the seat of someone who offered to be bumped and then taking off without them. The rationale is that the willing traveler has identified themselves as a person that has flexible plans and can be exploited for profit.

Tualatin, Oregon

Above is NOT true. "Fine Print Crowns, Inlays, Onlays and Labial Veneers are covered only when caused by decay or injury, and only when the tooth cannot be restored with amalgam or composite filing material." Was denied coverage because it hadn't been 10 years since my original crown was put on. Mind you the crown cracked and my tooth was exposed. So, I asked, "leave it exposed and endure pain and get a root canal and then a crown, would that be covered?" Yes, Abigail, from Guardian Dental insurance said! Beware of the quality or lack of quality their insurance is. Their fine print above, is NOT true.

Tony S
Orange, California

Absolute worst insurance company I have ever dealt with. I could write a lot here but why bother wasting peoples' time. Dentist submitted charge for a PORCLN Inlay; once they knocked it down to the considered charge of $544.00 they agreed to pay $36.90!! I did not use any portion of my 2,000 annual benefit and the deductible was only $50. Oh yes I went through the usual wait a few months and then have your dentist send in more X-Rays and then wait a couple more months for this!! I am going to ask my company to take me off their plan and buy something myself or just pay out of my pocket!!

Cypress, California

The worst insurance ever. They don't cover anything.

Molly S
Spring, Texas

Absoluely terrible! I have called customer service 4 times and they have not followed through with anything they promised me. The coverage is a complete joke. They will do everything they can to not cover crowns. The review process is 28 days.

Stockton, California

The only dentist I found that were in network are all western dental. I chose my dentist so not as much is covered. Because the dentist is not in network the insurance basically told me that since some info was wrong that the dentist office did not do correctly I had to deal with the dental office. If it was in network they would be happy to do it. But because I chose a dentist out of network(all they offer is western dental) I have to deal. Worst insurance ever!

Thomas H
Wilmington, North Carolina

The insurance does not pay for crowns if the tooth is cracked, only if it is broken. When a tooth is broken you will need a root canal! They only paid $14 for the x-ray. The dentist submitted photos of the tooth to no avail. I DO NOT recommend Guardian! Also, when you call them, you are talking to people from India.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Customer service stinks, they don't speak english. Hard to get a point across. We had the misfortune of having to file fraud claim on a dentist. Took 5 months for them to review and make a decision. During which we could not contact ANYONE even the woman handling our cliam (mail box was always full). I don't feel that they truly "investigated". From what i understood they only called the office to ask if my daughter had the root canal they billed for done. In the end it was determined, she didnt finish it and they re-coded the charges, resulting in a difference of almost $600. Amazingly an emergency root canal thst was" never finished," never hurt again and only needed a permenent filling... Read More

Nicole D
Boston, Massachusetts

This coverage is terrible. The communication is awful, customer service can't speak English and therefore has trouble communicating information. They said they'd cover 80% for out of network fillings, then they tell me it's 80% of the rate THEY decide, not what the dentist charges. They didn't even cover the full cost of my cleaning. If you have another option, choose it. also, it won't let me rate anything below very good, what a scam!

Mya R
Hawthorne, New York

As mentioned by other customers the lack of communication from Guardian regarding coverage is appalling. I am a dependent under my mothers insurance and every single time I've made an appointment I always received the "you're not covered" response immediately. When I call Guardian they all give me excuse as to why I'm not covered. Previously before the laws changed to dependents being covered until the age of 26 the policy was I needed to be a full time student. I was a sophomore in college so I was already a student for 2 years and instead of contacting us before ending my coverage they always ended it without giving us any notice on any action that needed to be done. This happened... Read More

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I was told they would cover 2500 in my Invisalign by them. I get a bill in the mail stating I now owe that on top of my 3200 for them. The 3200 is what I am paying monthly on. I am not happy with this company and the falsified information I had received on it. The reason I was not covered is because I am over the age of 19.

Ali M
Suwanee, Georgia

I went in for a STANDARD CLEANING and they refused to cover the entire amount. First cleaning of the year, and with a provider that was "Guardian Approved", picked it off of their website list. AWFUL company doesn't want to cover ANYTHING. Run away.

Rocky Mount, Virginia

great network of doctors and processing of claims


I need a new onlay for my tooth. I had one done prior that's failing. Guardian refuses to cover work that's needed for my tooth. All I know is that I pay and pay insurance and only get the twice a year cleaning covered by guardian. Oh and BTW my dentist says a more than 10 year old crown needs replacement and Guardian won't cover that either....

Chicago, Illinois

I have been waiting months to set my primary care dentist, and have been unable to see a dentist. After setting a dentist it will either show "no PCD selected" or give you the incorrect dentist. Guardian provides zero customer service. Online the agent tells you to wait another month as per their policy, and on the phone it will continually transfer or hang up on you until you give up. There are no pro's, only cons. It's a complete scam - zero stars as it has provided me nothing but stress and expenses.