Sealants offer hi-tech prevention against tooth decay. While brushing and flossing regularly are essential for preventing the buildup of plaque and cavity-causing bacteria, sealants can help supplement that protection. Sealants consist of a think layer of resin material. They are applied to the biting surfaces of the teeth. The sealant serves as a plastic barrier between teeth and bacteria in plaque that cause tooth decay.

As you eat and drink over the course of the day, bacteria develops from the food in your mouth. The result is plaque, a sticky film that adheres to the surfaces of the tooth. Groves and pits along the surfaces of teeth are areas that are susceptible to the buildup of plaque because they often cannot be reached by a toothbrush during your at-home cleaning routine. Over time, this plaque will develop acids that damage the enamel of the tooth, resulting in holes or cavities in the structure of the tooth.

As a coating, sealants will provide a smooth surface for your teeth, free of grooves and pits. This makes keeping your teeth clean and cavity-free easier. Placing veneers is a simple and painless procedure. The teeth are first cleaned with special dental instruments. Next the sealant is applied and hardened by a special light. The entire procedure is painless, with no need for injections. Sealants can save you money as they help maintain the health of your teeth. They will effectively minimize the risk of decay and the need for restorative dental treatment, such as fillings.