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MetLife Dental for Military

In May of 2012, the military switched dental providers. The Tricare dental coverage program is now provided by MetLife. Enrollment is very similar to the old system and can be completed by phone, by mail or online.

Enroll in MetLife Dental for Military

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Dental Enrollment Period

You can enroll in the Tricare Dental Program at any time of the year. However, your sponsor must still have 12 months left on his contract at the time of enrollment as it is a minimum of a 12-month enrollment period. There are a few exceptions which can be explained to you when you enroll.

Types of Tricare Dental Plans

Single and family dental plans are offered. For family plans, all eligible family members must enroll unless there is a child under age 4, family members are living in multiple locations or there is a family member that requires special medical attention. Single dental plans are great if you don’t have children.

MetLife Dental Premiums

For active duty family members, the single rate is just over $10/month and the family rate is just over $30/month (as of 2013). You can see updated rates as well as rates for those who aren’t active duty here. Premiums are paid through an allotment from the soldier’s paycheck.

Dental Coverage

Just as with other Tricare plans, if you enroll before the 20th of the month, your coverage starts on the 1st day of the next month. If you enroll after the 20th, your coverage starts on the 1st day of the 2nd month. In other words, if you enroll on May 15th, your coverage starts June 1st. If you enroll on May 21st, your coverage starts July 1st.

MetLife Cost Shares for Dental

In addition to your monthly premiums, there are cost shares for service above and beyond “routine” cleanings. The cost share is based on the rank of the sponsor and can be found here.

You will need to use an in-network provider to avoid paying additional fees. You can find the one closest to you here.

My Experience with Tricare Dental

When my husband was active duty, we had the Tricare dental plan and it was a deal. I’m one of the lucky ones who has never had a cavity (*knock on wood*) so my bills are pretty minimal at the dentist. But it still saved us money versus having to pay for cleanings and x-rays out of pocket. Not to mention, it was there if something bigger did happen.

I did have that oh so fun experience when the dentist told me I had no choice – the wisdom teeth had to come out! All four was quite the expense but luckily the military dental insurance covered a large portion of the bill. No complaints here. Just ensure you are using an in-network dentist.

What has your experience been like with the new dental plan? Has it been comparable to the old Tricare Dental Program? Please share in comments.

Last updated: September 17, 2013

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Randy Devine October 17, 2012, 8:07 pm

    I am on transition leave. My official retirement date is 1 December 2012. I am in Anderson, Indiana, zipcode 46013. There is no military installation nearby. I need to see a dentist soon. I just chipped off a good size chunk of a filling. How do I go about getting this fixed?

  • Linda Rush July 1, 2013, 7:23 pm

    Need a dentist for my granddaughter who is a military dependent and covered by MetLife.
    Location….Bowling Green, KY 42103
    Can you please provide me with a list of MetLife providers in this area asap.
    I would like to take her to my dentist, Dr. Tammy Willis, but office says they are not in MetLife network.
    Thanks

  • David September 18, 2013, 1:15 pm

    My wife is in need of a root canal and tricare informed me they would cover 70%. However I am only an E4 and this procedure costs about 2000$. While 70% is a decent portion, at my current grade, without a non credit based payment plan this simply isn’t viable. Do you have any recommendations or should I try to find a better insurance provider?

    • Stacey September 18, 2013, 7:33 pm

      Have you looked into AER (Army Emergency Relief)? Depending on your financial situation, they will either provide an interest free loan or a grant (no repayment) or a combination of the two. One of the things covered by them is medical and dental expenses. Here’s the link: http://www.aerhq.org/dnn563/FinancialAssistance.aspx I hope this helps!

  • Jay December 23, 2014, 2:07 pm

    I have a friend that is a military spouse. The active duty member is in Germany and the spouse is in the states. The spouse had a filling come out and when he set up an appointment he was told he didn’t have dental coverage. How does he fix that so he can get his tooth fixed?

    • Stacey Abler December 26, 2014, 8:37 pm

      He’ll have to enroll in coverage – I updated the links in the article above. Tricare loves to change links all of the time – sorry about that.

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