Life changes as we get older. That’s an indisputable fact. But does it change so much that we can stop caring about the appearance of our smile? Is there an age when a beautiful smile just doesn’t matter anymore?

Maybe, but that would mean you’d already given up so much in life.

Elderly woman showing off her smile

Even If You’re Retired, You Probably Work

We all know about the myth of retirement: you put your feet up and don’t do anything more strenuous than lifting a book or casting a fly rod. But for many of us, retirement is when the real work begins. You get to put behind you all the things you did just to make a living and can finally do what you truly love.

Whether it’s charity work that’s truly your passion, some new commercial venture, or politics that you really want to pursue, your smile will make the difference in the success of your new venture. Your smile makes a great first impression–which you may be doing a lot more now that you’re moving on to something new. It helps people feel good about you and what you represent. And it makes you more memorable. Every deal may end with a handshake, but it starts with a smile.

A Beautiful Smile Helps Relationships

But maybe you’re really finished with work. Retirement means no more sales, no more deals, no more anything like that. You’re going to focus on your relationships.

These days, many of us find that we’re starting new relationships later in life. There are dozens of reasons why this could happen, but the truth of the matter is that our romantic attachments may begin at times when our smiles might be damaged, worn, or even lost completely. Having a beautiful smile is essential to starting up new relationships: it’s what will draw potential romantic partners to you and will help you bond with them.

But your smile still has a vital role even if you’re committed to a relationship that you’ve been in for decades. The chances are that your beloved fell in love with your smile. Maintaining and renewing your smile can be part of showing your commitment to maintaining and renewing your relationship. Your beloved won’t have to imagine your smile as it was–it can be that way again.

Are You Prepared to Give Up Your Health?

No matter what you want to do as you grow older, you want to have the fitness and time to do it. And renewing and maintaining your smile is an essential part off that. Beyond beauty, the health of your smile is an essential foundation to your overall health. Having healthy, functional teeth can extend your life by reducing your risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions related to aging.

But functional teeth are also vital to your ability to live an active life. Good occlusion helps establish the stability and strength of your core, and without it, it’s hard to live an active life: walking, running, and other physical movements can become much harder.

As Long as You Want to Live, You Want to Smile

What good is retirement if you’re not smiling? This is the time in your life when you’ve earned the right to really enjoy yourself. If you can’t express that enjoyment easily, comfortably, and with confidence, then what have you really earned?

Fortunately, at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry, we can help ensure that you have a smile that you’ll love, no matter your age. We can replace old restorations and return your smile to its formerly beautiful state. We can replace lost teeth with FOY ® Dentures and dental implants, so it can be healthy and beautiful.

If you want help restoring your beautiful smile so you can enjoy whatever life brings, please call (843) 706-2999 today for an appointment with a Hilton Head cosmetic dentist at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry.