A sealant is an invisible coating that the dentist applies to the tooth surface. It acts as protection against bacteria and the plaque deposits that cause cavities or dental caries.
Why Get Sealants?
When combined with regular brushing and flossing, sealants are an easy way to prevent tooth infection and caries. Sealants are also:
- Invisible – Sealants are invisible to everyone but your dentist. It’s unlikely that even you will be able to notice them.
- Durable – Sealants can last up to 10 years before they need to be touched-up.
- Hassle-free – Sealants can be applied in one, quick and easy appointment. After that, you’ll rarely need to think about them again.
Sealants are typically applied to the hard-chewing molars at the back of the mouth. Before painting on the plastic sealant material, your dentist will clear the teeth of bacteria. The tooth surfaces are then roughened with an acid solution. The sealant is painted on and bonds quickly, taking less than a minute before it becomes permanent.