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Sealants services offered in Tucson, AZ

Sealants protect teeth from cavities and more extensive tooth decay. The team at Get It Straight Orthodontics and Family Dentistry in Tucson, Arizona, provides sealants for children, teens, and adults. Sealants help shield the surface of your teeth by filling in the grooves and preventing cavity-causing bacteria from penetrating beneath. Make an appointment today to learn more. Call the office or use this website to schedule. 

Sealants Q&A

What are sealants?

Sealants are made from plastic or other dental materials. They adhere to the chewing surface of back teeth to keep cavities from forming. In some cases, they can protect your teeth to prevent the early stages of decay from developing into a cavity. 

 as a liquid, and they quickly harden and bond to the deepest recessions and grooves of your teeth.

Does getting sealants hurt?

Getting sealants is painless, and you won’t need an anesthetic of any sort. Your dentist paints the compound onto your teeth and uses a curing blue light to harden it. The whole process is finished in minutes. 

The only side effect is a slightly-off taste in your mouth for a little while after the sealants are applied. 

Who is a candidate to receive sealants?

Children and teens aged 6 to 14 are the most common candidates for sealants. This population is at the greatest risk of developing decay in their molars and premolars. Adults without decay or fillings can also benefit from sealants. Sealants can sometimes be placed over areas of early decay to prevent further deterioration of your tooth. 

It is sometimes recommended to place sealants on a child’s baby teeth, especially if they have particularly deep grooves. It’s important to protect baby teeth from premature loss due to decay. These teeth uphold your child’s mouth structure so that adult teeth develop correctly. 

Even if you have excellent at-home dental hygiene habits, you benefit from sealants. Brushing and flossing don’t remove all the particles of food and bacteria in the deepest grooves of your teeth. Sealants provide an extra level of protection but don’t replace the need to maintain a good brushing and flossing routine.

How long will sealants protect my teeth?

With good care, sealants last up to 10 years. They are prone to chipping, so the team checks them at regular visits. Touch-ups are always available to maintain your protection. 

Find out more about sealants and how they can protect your teeth by calling Get It Straight Orthodontics and Family Dentistry or scheduling an appointment using this website.