It can be hard to find a new dentist, which makes it tempting to stay with your old dentist for as long as possible, even if you’re not completely happy with them.

However, there are some times you should definitely be looking for a new dentist, despite the inconvenience of the search.

You Moved

If you move across the country, you definitely have to find a new dentist, but what if you moved from one side of town to the other? You might be tempted to take the inconvenience of driving across town to the old dentist, but the truth is that you’ll save yourself a lot of time if you switch dentists shortly after the move. Although you may invest a lot of time in the search, you’ll make it up over the years you spend with your new dentist.

Note that if you trust your old dentist both to be honest and not to get offended, you might ask them for a referral to a new dentist that will be more convenient.

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Your Needs Are Changing

None of us is the same person we were ten years ago. Ten years ago, you might have just felt that you needed a good, affordable general dentist. Now, though, as you’ve moved up in your job and you’re considering executive positions, a smile makeover might seem like a great idea. You have some disposable income, and the new smile can help you look the part.

Or maybe you’ve noticed that your smile is starting to show its age. Your current dentist might offer teeth whitening, but maybe you need more than that, like porcelain veneers.

Another reason to change dentists is if you’ve been diagnosed or suspect temporomandibular joint disorder. In that case, you could definitely benefit from a neuromuscular dentist, especially one who has experience as a patient, like Dr. Nelson Clements.

When your current dentist can’t meet your new needs, you need a new dentist.

The Practice Is Changing

It’s also possible that your dentist is moving up in the world, too. When you started at the practice, you loved that it was small, and that you always worked with the sole dentist. But a good dentist gets a reputation and becomes sought-after, so their practice will often expand as a result. They may add more hygienists, and maybe another dentist or two.

Now you’re part of a large dental practice and you may not be able to see the dentist you like. You may not like some of the new dentists, maybe the quality has declined, or you may just not like the feel of the new practice.

At any rate, if you’re no longer happy at a practice, it’s time to move on.

The Practice Is Not Changing

Or maybe your dentist is of the good, steady, reliable kind. He wouldn’t even change his calendar if the desk staff didn’t use it to help plan appointments.

While you might be as happy as the dentist is with his outdated decor, there are some very substantial changes that dentists should be making these days as dental technology has advanced. If a dentist’s practice continues to operate in the 80s, it might be time to see how you might benefit from some of the newer innovations in dentistry.

Are You Looking for a Dentist in Valdosta?

Do you feel like you’d benefit from a new dentist in Valdosta, GA? If you are looking for a leading dental practice that can meet all your needs, please call (229) 242-5511 for an appointment with Dr. Clements.