What are the options for replacing composite veneers or bonding?


Options for Fixing Composite Veneers: Expert Insights by Dr. Andrew Culbard


Are you unhappy with your composite veneers? You’re not alone. Many patients come to my clinic with concerns about their composite bonding or veneers. The most common complaints include chipping, staining, or an unnatural look. In this blog post, I’ll break down the options available for those who are dissatisfied with their composite veneers.

Common Issues with Composite Veneers

Composite bonding and veneers are popular choices for enhancing smiles due to their minimally invasive nature and cost-effectiveness. However, they come with their own set of challenges:

  • Chipping: Over time, composite materials can chip, leading to uneven surfaces and discomfort.
  • Staining: Unlike porcelain, composite is more susceptible to staining from foods, drinks, and smoking.
  • Bulkiness: Some patients find that their veneers are too thick, making their teeth look bulky and unnatural.

Benefits of Composite Bonding

One of the significant advantages of composite bonding is its versatility. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite can be easily modified and adjusted without the need for complete replacement. This flexibility allows for various corrective measures to address patient concerns.

Options for Fixing Composite Veneers

If you’re unhappy with your composite veneers, here are your options:

  1. Remove the Composite Back to Natural Teeth:

    • Although this is unusual, it is possible to remove the composite entirely and return to your natural teeth.
  2. Modify the Composite:

    • This involves reconstructing the existing composite and sometimes adding new layers to achieve the desired look. It can be a cost-effective and less invasive solution.
  3. Replace with New Veneers:

    • You can choose to replace the old composite veneers with new ones or switch to porcelain veneers for a more durable and natural-looking option.

Case Study: Transforming Smiles with Composite Veneers

Let me share an example from my practice. A patient came to me unhappy with her composite bonding. Her teeth appeared thick, opaque, and her central teeth were passive in her smile. Here’s how we addressed her concerns:

  1. Smile Analysis:

    • We conducted a thorough analysis of her smile and identified the issues with the existing composite.
  2. Smile Design:

    • Using advanced smile design techniques, we planned the necessary changes to improve her smile.
  3. Reshaping and Polishing:

    • We spent a few hours cutting back, reshaping, and polishing the existing composite. This meticulous process ensured a more natural and aesthetically pleasing result.
  4. Relayering:

    • Finally, we re-layered the central teeth to enhance their appearance, ensuring they blended seamlessly with the rest of her smile.

The Result

The result was a transformed smile that looked natural and vibrant. The patient was thrilled with the outcome, proving that with the right approach, composite veneers can be effectively corrected to meet patient expectations.


If you’re experiencing issues with your composite bonding or veneers, there are several options available to improve your smile. Whether it’s through modification, replacement, or complete removal, you can achieve the look you desire with the right professional guidance

Smile design
Existing composite contoured and polished, centrals relayed
Case 2: Full replacement of 6 new 3D composite veneers