Sealants are a non-invasive way to protect against cavities.
Dental sealants are a thin white or clear acrylic coating that acts as a protective shield over tooth enamel in an effort to prevent cavities. Sealants are applied with a brush to the back teeth (premolars and molars) in an easy and painless procedure, then cured with an LED blue light to cure and bond the sealant to the teeth.
Dental sealants protect the depressions and grooves of the flat surfaces of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing can’t reach.
Sealants are typically applied to the back teeth because the deep grooves in those areas can collect germs and bacteria as a result of food particles and sugars getting trapped. This can lead to cavities as well as the formation of plaque. Sealants will protect against these issues.
A sealant application will last 2-3 years before needing to be reapplied. If your oral health habits are well-maintained, sealants can last up to 10 years.