The US division of Sun Life Financial, a provider of range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services, has partnered with United Concordia Dental (UCD) to offer group dental benefit plans.

Sun Life will start offering new dental business through the partnership on 11 July 2011.

According to Sun Life, this agreement strengthens the group dental benefits offered by its Employee Benefits Group division by adding UCD’s extensive national network of dental providers and its attractive plan designs.

This agreement enables Sun Life to offer plan sponsors a range of dental benefit options, while providing covered employees and their dependents access to high quality, cost-effective dental care services. The plans will also offer new features, including incentives for preventive dental care.

Sun Life Employee Benefits Group division senior vice president and general manager Mike Shunney said this partnership positions us to offer one of the most appealing, competitive and cost-effective group dental insurance solutions on the market.

United Concordia Dental chairman and CEO Daniel Lebish said it effectively expands the scale, and extends the reach and network size by helping us grow in areas where Sun Life markets its products.

"We believe this partnership brings us another step closer to our vision of becoming the nation’s leading dental insurer," Lebish said.