Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants Dentist Holland, MIIs your child prone to getting cavities in their back teeth? Do they have deep pits or grooves on the chewing surfaces? If so, Dr. Habecker may recommend dental sealants.

As the name suggests, sealants help to seal the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth. That way, bacteria and food particles have fewer places to hide in your mouth.

Here’s what else you need to know.

Do Adults Need Dental Sealants?

While dental sealants for children are common, the procedure is available to patients of all ages. But we recommend that you check your insurance coverage before scheduling treatment. Most policies only cover sealants for patients under age 18.

Our dentist will be able to go over the pros and cons of dental sealants. That way, you can make an informed decision for your oral health.

Are Dental Sealants Worth It?

A dental sealant is like an umbrella for your back teeth. It seals any nooks and crannies where plaque can hide. This helps you avoid cavities, toothaches, and dental emergencies in the long run.

Preventive dental care is much less expensive than the cost to restore a tooth. Also, dental sealants aren’t invasive like fillings and crowns. Dr. Habecker won’t need to remove any tooth structure to apply your sealants.

What Can I Expect When Getting Sealants?

The dental sealant procedure only takes one trip to our office. It’s a simple, painless procedure for patients of all ages.

First, we’ll apply an acidic gel to roughen the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This will help create a strong bond between the sealant and your teeth.

Next, we’ll clean and dry your teeth. Then, the dentist will paint the thin, plastic coating onto the chewing surfaces. For the final step, we’ll use either light or air to dry the sealant. Dental sealants are clear, which means they’ll blend in with the rest of your teeth.

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

Dental sealants can last up to 10 years as long as you practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. You should also floss your teeth once a day to remove any plaque or food particles hiding between teeth.

Dental sealants are not a replacement for practicing good oral hygiene. But they can reduce your risk of cavities when combined with teeth brushing and flossing.

During your routine checkups, Dr. Habecker will check the condition of your sealants. That way, he’ll be able to touch up or replace your sealants as needed.

It’s important that you continue seeing us for your routine teeth cleanings and exams. That way, we can help you maintain a healthy smile for life!

Request an Appointment With Dr. Habecker

Dr. Brenton Habecker is an experienced family dentist in Holland, MI. He’s accepting new patients and would be more than happy to welcome you to our practice.

To request an appointment, please call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team