Your teeth have small grooves that sometimes are easy areas for decay to develop. With dental sealants, it’s easy to flow a resin material into those grooves and protect those hard-to-reach areas. Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth to protect difficult areas while a child is still growing and maturing, but are sometimes recommended for adults, depending on their anatomy. Sealants fill the deep grooves and present a smooth surface, making it easier to brush and maintain.
Although it’s common to see sealants last into adulthood, they typically last three to five years and are only protecting the teeth while fully intact. If a sealant comes out or chips, schedule an appointment to have sealant reapplied.