Direct Veneers

Modern dentistry uses two materials for covering unsightly teeth:  White putty-like resin which is applied directly, (hence the name direct veneers)  and porcelain. Think of direct veneers as thick fingernail polish and  porcelain veneers as false glue-on fingernails. While porcelain veneers offer superior esthetics, durability and stain resistance, direct veneers have their place as a shorter term cosmetic option.  Direct veneers will be discussed here. For more information on Porcelain Veneers, click here.

Direct Veneer Pros and Cons


  1. Cost-effective: Direct resin veneers are generally more affordable compared to porcelain veneers, making them a more budget-friendly option for many patients.

  2. Non-invasive: The application process of direct resin veneers usually involves minimal tooth preparation, which means less enamel removal compared to porcelain veneers. This makes them a less invasive option, and in some cases, reversible.

  3. Faster treatment: The entire process of getting direct resin veneers can often be completed in a single dental visit. There is no need for multiple appointments or waiting for a dental lab to fabricate the veneers.

  4. Repairable: If a direct resin veneer gets damaged or chipped over time, it can be easily repaired by the dentist without having to replace the entire veneer.

  5. Aesthetic improvement: Direct resin veneers can significantly enhance the appearance of teeth by improving their shape, size, and color. They can provide a natural-looking, attractive smile.

  6. Versatility: Direct resin veneers can be used to correct a wide range of cosmetic dental issues, from minor imperfections to more significant aesthetic concerns.


  1. Esthetics: Direct veneers appear flatter and less lifelike than porcelain veneers, which have a glass-like translucency which closely resembles tooth enamel.
  2. Staining and discoloration: Compared to porcelain veneers, direct resin veneers are more prone to staining and discoloration over time. Regular consumption of coffee, tea, wine, and smoking can affect the appearance of the veneers.
  3. Durability: While direct resin veneers are durable, they are not as strong as porcelain veneers. They may be more susceptible to wear and chipping, especially if patients have habits like teeth grinding or biting on hard objects.

  4. Lifespan: Direct resin veneers generally have a shorter lifespan compared to porcelain veneers. They may need replacement after a few years, whereas porcelain veneers can last much longer.

  5. Surface roughness: The surface of direct resin veneers may become rougher over time due to wear, which can make them more prone to staining and plaque accumulation.

  6. Limited color stability: While direct resin veneers can be color-matched to the natural teeth initially, their color stability may be less reliable compared to porcelain veneers

We would love to help with your cosmetic needs. Please call Greater Boston Dental office Phone Number 617-924-7301 with questions, or to arrange a complimentary consultation and cost estimate with our cosmetic specialist Dr. Aditi Bhatt. Insurance coverage may be available if teeth are chipped or in need of replacement fillings. 0% financing is also available – please note we will work hard to make the costs work for you.

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