Prime Smile utilizes gel and varnish for all our fluoride treatments. We believe the varnish offers not only the best dental care benefits, but is easier and more convenient for your child. Fluoride varnish, which is the most common method, is brushed onto the teeth using a small brush. The varnish mixes with the saliva in the mouth and forms a sticky coating across all of the teeth. The stickiness remains on the teeth for up to 6 hours, when the enamel is remineralized and strengthened by the vitamins in the fluoride varnish. The alternative to the fluoride varnish is the fluoride gel, which instead of brushing onto the tooth surface, is in a gel form, placed in a tray, and sits in the patient’s mouth for up to four minutes. The patient then cannot eat or drink for thirty minutes after the application of the gel fluoride, whereas with the fluoride varnish, the patient can do so right away.