What Can Affect The Wear of Sealants?

January 21, 2014

  How long a sealant stays in place is also affected by individual habits. Grinding and bruxing can cause sealants to wear away prematurely. Chewing on ice or hard candy can cause sealants to chip. For this reason consistent monitoring during dental check ups is necessary.


How Long Do Sealants Last?

    Generally sealants last about 3 yrs. The controlled placement technique Dr. Alvarez uses at the office has allowed us to see them last up to 6 yrs. If one were to wear down or chip before 3 yrs, Dr. Alvarez refurbishes the sealant at no charge during the child’s checkup. Placement technique affects […]


Are Sealants Placed on Back Teeth, Front Teeth or Both?

Sealants are for posterior teeth, molars. They are placed on the top surfaces of molars. It “seals” the wrinkles or fissures, preventing food from getting stuck in them. Just think of what those top surfaces look like after eating cheetos. Without sealants, orange stays stuck in the fissures for up to an hour.


Are Sealants For Just Baby Teeth or Adult Teeth?

  Sealants are for both. Most insurance companies cover sealants on permanent teeth almost 100% but won’t cover sealants on baby teeth. Our office chooses to guarantee sealants on baby teeth for the life of the baby teeth because they’re so successful in preventing cavities.


What is a Sealant?

  A sealant is a material that is applied to the chewing surface of back teeth. It is a coating that protects enamel from plaque and acid. The back teeth are difficult to keep clean and sometimes the toothbrush cannot reach them. During your child’s examination Dr. Alvarez will see if your child is a […]