What are Sealants?
Sealants are thin protective coatings that are applied to the back teeth. They are meant to keep the teeth protected from decay and deep staining. Sealants are ideal for both children as well as adults. They can typically last for about one to three years depending on the amount of wear that they receive.
Why are Sealants needed?
The reason you might need sealants is because your teeth are more vulnerable to decay. Your back teeth might have fillings already or you’re looking for a way to further protect your smile. Sealants are especially beneficial to children who don’t always have the best brushing and flossing habits. The procedure to place sealants is easy and quick, so you can benefit from having them placed.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
Both children and adults alike can benefit from sealants. We can examine your teeth to determine if sealants are right for you. If you’ve had sealants applied in the past, we can check to see if they are still in place. Most people who want sealants can benefit from having the procedure done in our office when it is most convenient for them.
What happens during the Sealant process?
The first step is to clean and dry all of the back teeth. We will then brush on a clear liquid onto the chewing surfaces and cure these areas with a bright light. The light helps to harden the sealants so that they do not move out of place. You will then be able to brush, floss and eat normally while the clear sealants are in place. You can expect the sealants to naturally wear away after about one to three years, though this will depend on the amount of wear that the back teeth receive. Children are especially good candidates for sealants so that their teeth are kept protected at all times after leaving the office.
If you think you might benefit from sealants, call our office today so that we can get you in for a consultation appointment.