What Are Sealants?

They are thin films that go over one’s molars. They are made from either plastic or other dental materials, and they add an additional layer of protection — helping prevent cavities and other types of decay that can lead to fillings and crowns. They create a barrier between the teeth and food particles. This prevents bacteria from settling into and accumulating on teeth, which helps avoid cavities. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dental sealants can reduce the risk of decay by up to 80%.

How They Are Applied

Dental sealants are typically given to children once their second set of molars come in. The application of sealants is simple and painless. First, your dentist cleans your child’s teeth thoroughly. Next, they apply an acidic gel, which alters the surface of their teeth. This helps the sealant stick to their teeth more effectively. From there, the dentist removes the acid and applies the sealant. Finally, they harden it with a blue light. Once in place, sealants provide protection for several years.

Schedule An Appointment To Have Dental Sealants Applied

Dental sealants are a cost-effective way to help prevent cavities from developing. If you have questions about this procedure or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Shirley Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, at 631-399-1600. We proudly serve all nearby areas as well.