At Made Ya Smile in Cypress, TX, we help your whole family enjoy healthy smiles for life with preventive measures such as dental sealants. Dental sealants are a treatment typically recommended for children who struggle with keeping their teeth cavity-free. Sealants are a thin coating that fills the grooves of the premolars and molars, or the back teeth, where kids typically get cavities.
Dental sealants help prevent food particles and bacteria from collecting in the teeth, which can lead to tooth decay or other serious issues. Sealants are white or tooth-colored, and when cleaned and cared for properly, can prove effective for several years. The experienced practitioners at Made Ya Smile may want to protect your child's teeth by recommending dental sealants. To find out more, schedule an appointment at our office in Cypress and see how your family can benefit from sealants.
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Best Candidates for Dental Sealants
Children and young adolescents are most at risk for cavities because it's easy for bacteria and plaque to form in the grooves of their premolars and molars at the back of their mouth. If your child does not have a regular oral health routine with brushing or flossing, it can be difficult to keep these areas clean and free from food particles. The practitioners at Made Ya Smile fill in these grooves with a dental sealant to block out debris instead.
Kids between the ages of 6 — 12 are typically the best candidates for dental sealants; however, adults who want to protect themselves from cavities may also use them as a preventive measure. Any patients who are interested in dental sealants must have healthy, cavity-free teeth that have already erupted from the gums with no other restorations.
What to Expect
Once you make an appointment at our Cypress, TX office, our dentists will perform an examination to assess your child's overall oral health. If they are a candidate for sealants, we can either conveniently place them that day or schedule another appointment at a later date. First, the practitioners at Made Ya Smile will clean your child's teeth so the surface allows the sealants to adhere more easily. Once the teeth are rinsed and dried, our staff will place the sealant in liquid form. We then harden the liquid with a dental light to cure it, which takes about 20 — 30 seconds total. Once this is completed, we will make sure your bite feels comfortable and give you instructions about how to take care of your teeth.
The procedure for dental sealants is simple and efficient, which means your child can resume their daily activities following their appointment. The staff at Made Ya Smile will provide you with instructions such as avoiding hard food for a few days. Our dentists also recommend that your child does not chew gum or hard ice while having the sealant in place. It is important for them to keep up their oral hygiene by brushing and flossing their teeth daily to keep their gums and smile healthy. During your child's annual comprehensive exam or biannual cleaning, our team will check the sealants to make sure replacement or repair is not needed.
Made Ya Smile uses dental sealants as a preventive measure, which means dental health insurance may cover some or all of the costs. Before we begin the procedure, our team will contact your provider and understand how much you will need to cover out-of-pocket. If you don't have insurance, a friendly member of our team will review the costs and help you get the care you need by offering several convenient methods of payment. We also provide dental financing with CareCredit® at our Cypress, TX office.
Keep your child's smile bright and healthy by preventing cavities and minimizing their chances of getting cavities or tooth decay. Made Ya Smile uses dental sealants to protect premolars and molars from more serious issues from forming during their formative years. Our staff in Cypress, TX is excited to bring patients this simple and effective method of improving their teeth. Contact a member of our team to schedule a visit or learn more information.