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Can I Get Charged with Slander for Leaving Bad Clear Choice Reviews?

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I had a truly horrific experience with dental implants and have been leaving bad Clear Choice reviews on a number of sites. I’d rather not get into the specifics of it here because my story is quite unique and this question might be traced back to me. That said, I received a phone call the other day and was told I needed to take down my posts- that they were illegal and I would get sued for slander if I left them up. I’m furious that they would low, but I’m also afraid that I could be in real trouble over this. It’s not so much that I think they have a case. They don’t. As far as I can tell, it’s within my rights to say whatever I want to say in my Clear Choice reviews, as long as I don’t misrepresent myself or lie. The problem is, they’re a huge company with deep pockets and I cannot afford to fight them if they come after me. However, the threats, on top of the experience I had in the office, have strengthened my resolve to spread the word. Am I in the right here or should I pull my posts to avoid a legal issue?

Thank you, Anonymous

 

Dear Anonymous,

If you have a legal question, it’s always best to talk to a lawyer. A legal professional will have the most current info and will gather the details necessary to provide you with an accurate assessment of your situation.

First, it’s odd that they would call you. Particularly with large companies, the first contact you would have is a formal letter from their lawyer. A small business might slip and give you a verbal warning, but a large company isn’t likely to do this. This is a red flag, which could mean that you might not have been speaking with someone who represents that company. If you have a record of the phone number from the call, cross reference it to make sure it’s really from Clear Choice. If it is someone from the practice, you can also check to see if it’s even someone in a place of authority to make a legal call. Likely, the person you spoke with either has no authority or was not affiliated with the company.

Secondly, this kind of lawsuit would be called a defamation of character suit or libel because it involves written words. If you had spoken the words, it would be a slander case. If you used that word, it isn’t an issue, but if the caller that word, it’s a sign they probably don’t understand the law.

Lastly, if you’re relaying the truth and giving your personal opinion, you’re typically not liable. However, you have to watch your word choice. There’s a chance a lawsuit might stick if you said, “These people are criminals,” and they haven’t been found guilty of any crime. However, if you can actually prove each person you reference has a criminal record, then you could write that. You probably couldn’t legally say, “They stole my money,” if you made a down payment and signed an agreement and their actions were part of the agreement you made, although there are some circumstances in which you could make that claim.

Again, you should definitely speak with an attorney if you’re concerned. You can also read the full Consumer Review Fairness Act for further details.

 

This blog is sponsored by Dr. Anthony LaVacca, a prosthodontist who provides general dentistry services for the whole family as well as expert dental implant care. Patients who are dissatisfied with Chicago Clear Choice reviews or who would like a second opinion on dental implants may call 630-848-2010 to schedule an appointment with Dr. LaVacca.

Sharing a Clear Choice Review for My Wife

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I’m writing in today to talk about what happened to my wife. We have been very cautious about her dental treatment, even reading Clear Choice reviews beforehand to make sure we weren’t taking unnecessary risks.

My wife has had more than her fair share of dental problems. I’m not going to get into specific details, but suffice it to say she is missing about half the teeth in her upper jaw, and several of the remaining ones aren’t doing so well.

We knew that it wasn’t going to be cheap based on the Clear Choice reviews we’ve read, but we had prepared for that, and were okay with it as long as the quality of the work was good. My wife was understandably anxious about the consultation, but the lady on the phone explained what to expect, and all seemed well.

Fast forward to the day of the appointment. As soon as the dentist came in, he started pushing her to get some kind of denture instead of just replacing the missing teeth. Now, I understand that I’m not a dentist, and maybe I don’t understand everything that’s going on here, but he wanted to pull all her remaining teeth. That just seems wrong to us. We thought he’d suggest some dental implants, or maybe a mixture of dental implants, bridges, and/ or a partial denture. And, he did say these were possible options, but every time we brought them up, he talked about why she should pull her remaining teeth. His argument: She’s going to lose them anyway.

I probably don’t have to explain this, but that was very upsetting for my wife to hear. He was talking about her like she wasn’t even a person, like she was some hopeless case, incapable of caring for her remaining teeth. She cried in the room, on the way home, and for most of the night.

She and I talked it over and we agreed we need to go someplace else that would work with her requests, without the judgments and pushback. But here’s the thing. We’re now on a contact list where they call us all the time and send us letters about getting treatment done. I’ve told them we’re not interested, but we still get calls and letters. At this point, it feels like harassment.

I knew based on the Clear Choice reviews we saw, that they were known for having pushier sales tactics, and I was prepared for that. I can hold my own. But, nothing prepared us for the way they made my wife feel or for the incessant calls after. We haven’t found a new dentist yet, but we wanted to share this experience and also ask if there is a specific chain or office that’s recommended.

Thank you,

Richard

 

Dear Richard,

We’re sorry to hear you and your wife had such a tough time. As far as finding a new practice goes, you may do better to start by getting referrals from people you know and trust. We don’t know your location, so it’s difficult to direct you to specific implant dentists. You can also check online reviews. You may receive more personalized care when you work with a single doctor rather than a chain that’s known for providing a specific type of service.

Next Steps After Disappointment with Clear Choice

We suggest that you schedule appointments for consultations with a few dentists who have several of the following qualifications:

  • Advanced training in implant dentistry
  • Board certification
  • At least ten years of experience in implantology
  • Credentials from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists or the American Academy of Implant Dentistry

A skilled dentist will conduct a thorough examination and let you and your wife know her options.

This post is sponsored by American Board certified prosthodontist and Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Can Clear Choice Make Me Delete My Reviews?

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I had a very bad experience and left several Clear Choice reviews online. I’m very hesitant to say anything more than this because the testimonials I left were detailed enough that the office identified me and contacted me after. I don’t want it to spread here too. I know it probably sounds like I’m being paranoid, but honestly, these people…

Anyway, my point is that I put some Clear Choice reviews up and told about my bad experience. Within about 24 hours, the office manager at the location I went to contacted me and told me that I needed to them all down. She said I signed some kind of privacy agreement that indicated I would not talk about them online and that by posting those Clear Choice reviews, I would not only be dismissed as a patient from the practice, but I could also be subject to legal action for breaking my contract.

I’m not going back and I’m already established at another office and I love my new dentist. That’s not the problem. However, particularly in light of this phone call, I’m worried that other people will be harmed by the company. I’m also worried I’m going to get sued over this. Do I have to remove my testimonials or are they just using these tactics to hide what they’re doing? Can they get away with that?

Anonymous Poster

 

Dear Anonymous Poster,

Your experience after posting reviews about Clear Choice is enough to make anyone wary about what they post and whom they talk to. It doesn’t sound like something the company routinely does. Yours is the first report of it that we can find online. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened, though. But it isn’t showing up in searches, and people are keeping quiet about it.

Can They Make You Remove Your Clear Choice Reviews?

When contracts say you can’t post bad reviews, they’re generally referred to as “non-disparagement clauses.” Not too long ago, Congress actually voted on whether these types of clauses were legally binding. They’re not. In fact, according to research presented by NBC News, people who have left negative testimonials and have been harassed by companies about paying fines because of it have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. Currently, you’re legally allowed to leave testimonials, regardless of your contract with a company, as long as everything you say is factual.

However, considering that you’re wondering about the legality of things, it’s best that you consult with a lawyer who specializes in consumer affairs. A lawyer will walk you through your available options and help you decide what the best course of action is.

You can also notify the review sites and the Better Business Bureau about your issue. Certain sites, like Yelp, take experiences like yours very seriously. If they find cause for concern, they’ll post a public announcement right on the business’ profile for everyone to see. It’s up to you how far you want to take this, but if you choose to be a whistle blower, odds are that Clear Choice won’t get away with it.

This blog is sponsored by Dr. Anthony LaVacca, prosthodontist and Naperville implant dentist.

 

 

Clear Choice vs. a Prosthodontist

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From what I’ve read in online Clear Choice reviews it looks like I can get the 4 implants I need in just one day. I checked out their website and it pretty much confirms it. I’m trying to understand why the consultations I got at prosthodontists are different from what Clear Choice can do. On average, the prosthodontists said it would take 3-4 months to complete the work. Why would I choose a prosthodontist instead of Clear Choice if I can get same-day implants? – Mike

Mike – Clear Choice reviews from patients are mixed—positive and negative. You did well to get multiple opinions on your dental implants. Prosthodontists are a good choice for consultations, because unlike other “implant dentists” their post-dental school education qualifies them as specialists in replacing and restoring teeth.

Are Same-Day Implants Unique to Clear Choice?

Is the offer of same-day dental implants only something that Clear Choice can do? Consider the facts:

  • “Same-day” really means that you will receive your implants and temporary restorations (dental crowns) in the same day.
  • Clear Choice is able to advertise same-day implants because all their work is completed at the same facility. It’s very convenient for patients.
  • It should be noted that the phases of same-day implants with Clear Choice are the same phases that a prosthodontist provides in his or her office.
  • Regardless of where you receive dental implants, there will still be a two to five month healing period before permanent crowns are placed. There is no way around the healing period. Your jawbone must fuse to the dental implants for them to heal and be successful.

Feel free to schedule a consultation at Clear Choice and ask questions about the healing process. You’ll find that the requirements are similar to what the prosthodontists explained. Compare your options to make a fully informed decision about your dental implant provider.

This post is sponsored by Naperville board-certified prosthodontist and implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Prosthodontist recommends bone grafting but Clear Choice doesn’t. Why?

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I always get a second opinion whenever I am having any major medical or dental work done. So when I decided to get implants I saw a prosthodontist and Clear Choice. The prosthodontist was recommended by my dentist and Clear Choice was recommended by a co-worker. The prosthodontist recommended 6 implants and bone grafting for some bone loss that started about 4 yrs ago. Clear Choice says no bone grafting at all is needed, just All-on-4 implants. Is bone grafting really needed or not? Who do I trust? Cleo

Cleo – You received different recommendations regarding bone grafting because two different procedures were recommended.

When you receive standard dental implants and have bone loss, your jawbone needs to be built up to support the implants. Based on that treatment, the prosthodontist appropriately recommended bone grafting. In this case, without bone grafting, the implants can loosen or fail.

The All-on-4 procedure that Clear Choice recommended for you is designed for patients who have experienced jawbone loss. The angled implants assist the bone in supporting your prosthetic teeth, and eliminate the need for bone grafting. Not everyone is a candidate for All-on-4.

The prosthodontist that you visited is, no doubt, familiar with the All-on-4 procedure. You can discuss your concerns with him or her and ask why All-on-4 was not recommended for your case. You can also inquire about the risks for the procedure, as well as the anticipated results for All-On-4 versus standard implants for your case.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Should I get a second opinion after seeing Clear Choice?

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I visited Clear Choice last week. I really like the doctor. What is didn’t like is the cost for my 3 implants. The cost is $2500 more than I had planned for my implant budget. They have a good reputation and my friend referred me to them. I am starting to get a little pressure from Clear Choice to schedule an appointment for the implants. I usually get a second opinion for any kind of surgery. Should I get a second opinion or can I trust them? J.

J. – Whenever you are anticipating any type of surgery, including dental implant surgery, it is always good to receive a second opinion. But find an experienced, credentialed implant dentist for your second opinion.

An exam and diagnostic studies are needed to determine whether you are a candidate for implants and which treatment will work best for your case.

A second opinion will give you more confidence that you have made an informed decision about your implants.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony Lavacca.

Clear Choice costs much higher than other practices

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I liked everything about Clear Choice except the cost. Although they have an aggressive sales pitch similar to a time share sales pitch, I did like the customer service and the dentist with whom I spoke. When I heard the $22,000 price tag for my dental implants, I decided to see some other implant dentists. It was not surprising to me that the cost was significantly cheaper. I still have to decide who I will let do the work. Denise

Denise – Thank you for your review.

Your review about the Clear Choices sales methods is common. Clear Choice costs are typically significantly higher than other practices. But that is to be expected because they have more personnel and overhead costs than the average practice.

You did well in seeking additional opinions. It is in the best interest of anyone considering dental implants to get two or three opinions before making a final decision.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Should I get a second opinion on Clear Choice implants?

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For the past 6 years I have worn a partial denture. It’s uncomfortable, ugly, and I am sick of it. My dentist told me he can get someone to do the implants for me. I also went to Clear Choice to see what they had to say about the implants. They said I have gum disease and they want to pull all of my lower teeth and replace them with implants. I was in shock trying to figure out how we got from two missing teeth to pulling all of the lower ones. With a price tag of $22k it is really outrageous. I am wondering if I have any other options. – Alec

Alec – You are wise to seek another opinion, and if needed, a third opinion, until you are comfortable with your treatment options and the implant surgeon.

You will need verification of the extent of periodontal disease that you may have. If it is progressive, it needs to be treated before you can receive dental implants. Most dentists will make the effort to save your natural teeth. Although dental implants are the most effective treatment for missing teeth, it is preferable to keep your natural teeth.

When you receive a second opinion, you will likely be given multiple options for tooth placement. Be certain to find a skilled implant dentist for your second opinion before you begin treatment.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

 

Mixed feelings about mixed Clear Choice dental implants reviews

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I am writing with mixed feelings. I need dental implants but I am torn about the provider I will use. I have an associate who got her dental implants from Clear Choice. There are some things that she didn’t like about Clear Choice (she though the sales staff was too aggressive) but overall, she is very pleased with her dental implants. When I can get first-hand experiences on a decision I have to make, I listen. The problem is, my associate is the only person that I know who has been to Clear Choice. So I have started doing some online investigation. I have read tons of reviews and found that, depending on what website you go to, the reviews are mixed. Then I wonder how many of the reviews have been planted by Clear Choice for the positive, or by their competitors for the negative reviews. Your thoughts? Much appreciated.- Dagmar J.

Dagmar –  Conflicting opinions can be confusing. We have received many critical reviews regarding Clear Choice, and we’ve received some positive ones too. But if you’ve read a volume of reviews and are still undecided, another review wouldn’t help.

We suggest that you begin the process of selecting a provider for your dental implants. Review the credentials and experience of providers first. After you narrow your selections to three or four providers, schedule consultations, exams—whatever you need to help you make an informed choice.

Prepare a list of questions about your concerns regarding the procedure, cost, post-treatment, the protocol to ensure your satisfaction—all of your concerns. Ask them of each provider, and take note of the responses. In addition to the implant dentist’s experience and credentials, ensure that you are comfortable with dentist and the care he or she will give you.

After your consultations, you will feel more comfortable making a final decision. If it’s Clear Choice, be sure to let us know about your experience.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca. Dr. LaVacca provides dental implant second opinions.

Another opinion after seeing two Clear Choice dentists?

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Clear Choice has a good reputation among several of my colleagues who have received dental implants. I travel quite a bit, so I went to two different Clear Choice locations just to compare the recommendations. Both doctors recommended All-on-4 implants for me, which I prefer not to receive. In each case, when I expressed my preference, I receive a “how dare you have a different opinion” look from the dentist. I am uncomfortable. I was pleased with the service, but I am uncomfortable with All-on-4. My preference is standard implants with bone grafting. Should I trust their judgment, or seek another opinion, perhaps with a dentist who will consider mine? Thomas S.

Thomas – You are likely a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants, but if you don’t want them, and you prefer and are a candidate for standard implants, the choice is yours.

Another opinion from an experienced implant dentist outside of Clear Choice will help you make a final decision. As you likely know, the All-on-4 process is used to eliminate the need for bone grafting. But if you prefer bone grafting and want standard implants, your preference should be respected, as long as the treatment you want will meet the needs of your case.

We don’t know where you live or work, but you can schedule a consultation with Dr. LaVacca to discuss your concerns. If you want to proceed, he will perform an exam and the necessary diagnostic studies to determine your options. Dr. LaVacca is a board-certified prosthodontist and national and international lecturer. You can have confidence in his opinion.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.