• Bonding

  • Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like material is applied to a tooth`s surface, sculpted to an ideal shape, hardened, and then polished for an ideal smile. This procedure usually can be accomplished in a single visit.

    Bonding is often performed in order to fill in gaps or change the color of your teeth. It typically only entails one office visit, and the results last for several years.

    Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration such as veneers. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities and broken or chipped surfaces.

    In addition, bonding can be used to close spaces between teeth or cover the entire outside surface of a tooth to change its color and shape. Crowns, also known as caps, are used in cases where other procedures will not be effective. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but are the most time consuming.

    Why should I have my tooth bonded?

    When you have a little cavity or your tooth is chipped, bonding can be used to fill your tooth. Cracked or chipped teeth that go untreated are especially in danger of decaying because it is very difficult to thoroughly clean their jagged edges. Bonding can also be used to cover stains on your teeth that brushing or whitening treatments cannot remove.

    For years Dr. Zelikow has been bonding teeth to give patients beautiful smiles and protect them from further damages. 

    How do I take care of a bonded tooth?

    To ensure that your newly bonded tooth looks great and works optimally you should maintain good hygiene oral hygiene and treat the bonded tooth with a little extra care.

    Regular Checkups

    Though the bonding material is strong and firmly in place on your tooth, you should continue to have regular checkups. This allows the dentist to make sure the bonding material is not showing any signs of premature wear and tear and all your teeth are still healthy and strong. Weak teeth can compromise the overall health of your entire mouth.    

    Oral Hygiene

    To avoid cavities around the bonded area it is important to maintain proper personal oral hygiene. Products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance are a great option since they meet the ADA’s standards for effectiveness and safety.


    Avoid foods that may cause discoloration to your bonded tooth, the bonding material, or surrounding teeth to ensure your smile looks great. It is also important for your oral health to have a healthy diet.

    If you think bonding is right for you, come by Dr. Zelikow’s office in Chicago, IL or call (773) 348-3309. His staff is ready to schedule an appointment for you and answer any questions you might have over the phone.

    Bonding might be just what you were looking for to get the smile you always wanted!