Dental sealants are made of a thin, plastic material that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This material flows into the deep grooves and pits of the teeth, forming a protective barrier against harmful bacteria and food particles that can cause decay.
The process of getting dental sealants is simple and painless. First, your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth and dry them. Next, a special solution will be applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth to help the sealant adhere properly. Finally, the sealant material will be painted onto your teeth and hardened with a special light.