Banner Dental
Lael Banner, DDS:
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Banner Dental
Lael B. Banner, DDS
Seattle, WA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Pediatric dental care

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants

Sedation dentistry


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Thursday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Friday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Heather B. from Downtown, Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient of Dr. Lael Banner’s for over 13 years, having followed him from the practice he and his father had in Tumwater, on up to Seattle. He has helped me through everything from simple fillings, a crown, grinding and Invisalign treatment and has been nothing but kind, competent, patient and exceptional. His team in the Seattle office are second to none!

Kayla Jones (Source: Google)


It had been years since I had been to the dentist, and the Banner Dental family made sure I felt right at home. Their friendliness, professionalism, cleanliness and attention to take the time to explain every aspect of the appointment was top notch. I highly recommend going to Banner Dental if you are in the Greenwood area!

Britney S. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


My husband and I just moved to Seattle and since we were overdue for a cleaning, I booked us appointments at Banner Dental based on their excellent Yelp reviews. They were very accommodating and fit us in right away. They worked with my previous dentist to get my records and even made sure that my insurance from California would cover my visit. Everyone was great when we arrived for our first visit: Amber quickly made sure our paperwork was filled out and our insurance was up to date. Even though we had separate appointment times (mine was 1:30, his at 2:30) they took my husband at about 1:50 so that I wouldn’t be waiting too long. Sam took me to do full mouth x-rays and was great. He explained everything that he was doing and I could see each x-ray pop up on the screen as it downloaded from the machine. Then Dr. Banner came in after reviewing my x-rays and did my exam. He was very thorough and we chatted about my dental history. Despite the fact that I’d had lots of orthodontia in the past, I’ve never had many issues with my teeth. Even though some of my teeth have reverted back to their pre-orthodontia state, he didn’t push any additional orthodontia (invisilign, etc.) but let me know he could provide it if it was something that I wanted later on. Wendy did my cleaning and she was great. She explained each step as she did it and was very friendly and accommodating. Overall, my husband and I were both very impressed with Banner Dental. They even let us schedule a family appointment for our next visit so that we could both be seen in the same time slot. The staff was friendly, Dr. Banner was very thorough, and they didn’t try to push any expensive “extras” on us unnecessarily. A great first visit!

Caitlin P. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I loved my experience at Banner Dental (yes, I’m one of THOSE people who actually enjoys going to the dentist…). As a fairly recent transplant to Seattle, I was looking for a dentist for an annual checkup, and found Banner Dental in my network, so decided to give it a try. I thought the whole staff was professional yet friendly. Dr. Banner himself took the time to get to know me as a new patient, talked me through how the appointment was going to go, and made me feel comfortable. The other staff members – receptionist, hygienist, and radiologist – also were very personable, contributing to a positive experience. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that you’re able to watch Netflix while getting your teeth cleaned and examined! What’s up, Gilmore Girls. I’m happy to have found Banner Dental, and plan to continue seeing Dr. Banner.

Heather B. (Source: Google)


I have been a patient at Banner Dental since they first opened and wouldn’t go anywhere else! Amber at the Front Desk is always super friendly and helpful when it comes to answering insurance questions and scheduling my appointments. The team that works with Dr. Banner clinically are top notch and always make my time in the office as comfortable as possible. They do a great job at explaining what’s happening during the appointment, and never push unnecessary treatment. Highly recommend Banner Dental to anyone in Seattle looking for a great dental office.

David E. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I went to my first appointment at banner dental last week and I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed. The establishment itself is comprised of an inviting contemporary design mixed with a highly professional environment. As for the staff, Darlene, the receptionist was helpful, informative and polite and both Doctor and the nurse were very friendly. They went out of their way to explain everything that they were doing, as well as answering all of my questions ensuring that I felt comfortable and at ease, as well as providing great tips and advice. This is by far the best dental practice i have ever been to and I highly recommend that anyone who is searching for a new dentist should come here.

Marylinda E. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I am so pleased with my experience at Banner Dental.  I take really, really good care of my teeth and have very little to clean off of them.  My last dental cleaning 2 years ago at a different dental office cost me $250 for just  a cleaning that lasted less than 45 minutes. The entire time the hygienist jabbered about how clean my teeth were and how little work she had to do.  At Dr. Banner’s office I had full xrays, a cleaning and an oral exam.  The cleaning was thorough and really well done.  Total cost – $75!! Dr. Banner was very good about addressing my concerns regarding my oral health.  His staff was kind, friendly and competent.  If you are looking for a dentist, I think you will be really pleased with Dr. Banner.

Hannah Spry (Source: Google)


This is my new favorite dentist! The staff were all very friendly and professional. They checked my insurance and made sure my procedure was covered and were very clear about all the charges. I hadn’t been to a dentist in a few years and I was quite nervous but they did a wonderful job of making sure I was comfortable. The cleaning was totally pain free! The Dentist is very gentle and patient and even talked me through every step of the exam. I really appreciate that they are open till 7 as I (like most people) have a job that ends at 5:30. They also have dedicated parking! I think this is a great addition to the neighborhood!

Heather Baldwin (Source: Google)


I was looking for a new dentist within my neighborhood, and am so happy to have found Dr. Banner and his friendly team at Banner Dental. I went in for a basic cleaning and to finally do a crown that I had been needing for awhile. Dr. Banner really took the time to thoroughly explain everything that he was doing. The crown fits perfectly and the shading is so exact that you can’t even tell it was done. Stepping into their office feels more like walking into a stylish living room, and the staff goes out of their way to make you feel at home. Everyone seems really happy and relaxed, which is a change from my previous office! Each of the exam rooms is private, and equipped with TVs. The dental assistant was super sweet, making sure I was comfortable and offered me a pillow and blanket during the treatment. The other great thing about this office is that they offer early morning, evening and Saturday appointments. I highly recommend Banner Dental to anyone looking for top notch care.

Nicole F. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I had a great experience–the staff are friendly and professional, they are very gentle and kind with your teeth and really make an effort to get to know you.  Dr. Banner checks in to assess if you’re nervous or address any concerns you might have, then explains everything he’s doing (and why) while he has you in the chair. The office is warm and updated (I love that, no cold walls or floors) and they don’t even turn on the overhead lights–so you aren’t blinded by fluorescents.  Instead, they give you sunglasses (gotta have shades) and they use headlamps to work in your mouth (thank you!).  Best part is, he can show you instant photos of your teeth, so you can see what they look like–I’ve never had a dentist do that–and it was so helpful to be able to see what they see and discuss any concerns together.  Convenient location and easy parking.  I’ll definitely be back.

Ardith F. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


After postponing setting myself up with a dentist in Seattle (I moved back in late 2013), I finally decided to go for it and make an appointment. This was an overall good experience, with friendly staff in a laid-back and open environment. I felt involved in the process and in my care, and I’m so happy the office is in my neighborhood. To be completely fair, I’m not a person who has ever had apprehension about visiting the dentist and having my teeth worked on, so I might be biased in that sense. However, up until the past few years, I was always someone who would go regularly to the dentist, and now I can actually look forward to my next appointment again.

Jennifer Smith (Source: Google)


Great Dental Clinic in Greenwood: As someone who is apprehensive about with going to the dentist, what a nice surprise to find this professional and friendly staff. They went out of there way to make sure I was comfortable, knew all of my options and make the experience relaxing and stress free. My whole family has transferred here and we have all had excellent service. I highly recommend this place!

Elizabeth P. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


We just moved to Seattle from Sacramento and I went for a cleaning and check-up. The place was super clean and staff was friendly and very communicative. Becka took my x-rays and did my cleaning – she’s fantastic! I also really loved the cleaning because I feel like it actually removed stains from my teeth (I drink a lot of coffee), where previously I never saw such a difference pre and post dentist visits. Dr. Banner was great and gave a good assessment and recommendations. Specifically, I liked that he recommended to fix the root of the problem rather than a quick fix that would not resolve the issue long-term.

Jon W. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been seeing Dr Banner since the clinic opened. I wanted to find a new dentist because I had a problem crown that needed work. The location was very convenient and parking is easy – which isn’t always the case. I don’t get nervous to go to the dentist like some, but I was suprised at the lengths they go to making you comfortable. There’s nothing better than watching netflix while people are poking around in your mouth. I stuck with Planet Earth reruns. 😉 It’s been several years now and the new crown he gave me has been perfect. He and his staff earned my trust then and my continued business with each and every visit. I have a routine cleaning coming up next week and just got the reminder over text – which is just another reason I love these folks. If you are looking for a new dentist – give them a shot. You won’t be disappointed.

Julia A. from Wilkes, Portland, OR (Source: Yelp)


We just moved to Seattle and were looking for a very specific type of dentist that can handle patients with severe PTSD phobia of the dentist. My husand literally can not handle even making an appointment for himself, hes that terrifed. He has good reason, as he had a few terrible experiences in the past thar were very painful and traumatizing (think root canal but , no novicaine or gas). Our previous dentist has done such incredible work for three years, with helping my husband get through the root canals , fillings,and crowns that we were both very skeptical of a new dentist. I did a tremendous amount of research on Dr. Banner;his education, reviews, and credentials speak for themselves. He truly lives up to his yelp reviews. Lets start with the front desk: The woman was so kind. She printed our dental insurance paperwork and explained how it all worked for us and our plan. She also was very calm and kind. I’ve had experienced some fairly rude office staff prior to Dr. Banner , so this immediately puts you at ease. The waiting room is a bit small but comfortable and modern. You never wait more than a few minutes so its not a big deal. They also have a private area where you speak of the financial obligation after your appointment instead of doing it in front of the whole office.They break all of the financials down which was nice because who wants a surprise $800 bill without knowing. The Dentist: Im an advocate and run ptsd trauma groups professionally . When it comes to my husband, I go into overdrive advocate mode for him. like a sweaty, crazy, asking a billion questions adovcate. I demanded certain types of sedation prior to the visit, pain meds for after, and sedation during. This did not phase Dr. Banner one bit. let me repeat this…. HE WAS NOT PHASED OR ARGUMENTATIVE. WOAH. Totally not what I expected. That put me at ease. Dr. Banner was so even mannered and his energy was very calm. Dr. Banner allowed me to sit with my husband and hold his hand, while the sedation meds set in. Dr. Banner also kept looking for signs of my husband being in stress or pain by monitoring his vitals and other indicators. His Dental Assistant was the kindest , most awesome dental assistant HANDS DOWN. Literally, I’ll go back just to talk to him. He also made sure my husand was calm , he communicated , and explained everything they were doing to him for sedation and to start the process of the crown and filling. I’ve never been treated with such respect at a Dentist office or really any medical office prior to this experience. Dr Banner and his staff are incredible. If you have any dental phobia, don’t put off dental work out of fear, just call Banner Dental.

Melissa P. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


Thanks to being a freelancer (and not having dental insurance for awhile) and having more than a bit of dental anxiety, I went an embarrassingly long time between dental appointments (like, um, a decade) before convincing myself that I really needed to get myself to a dentist. TL;DR: I’m so incredibly grateful that it ended up being Banner Dental. I first heard of Banner Dental from a super shiny, mailer that was sent to my address. While I was a bit concerned that the super slick marketing was the work of a money-hungry con artist dentist, the emphasis on fearful patients convinced me to research further. The findings: everyone freaking loves this place… even though it’s a dentist office. Admittedly, what pushed me to finally make an appointment was Banner’s location next door to my favorite spa (which I thought could be convenient as a reward system for actually going to the dentist). As others have pointed out — pretty much everything about Banner Dental is awesome. The staff is kind, not judgmental, very warm, and really great about assuaging fear and anxiety (special shout out to Shauna who delivers the shots and handles the creepy things like deep gum cleaning — she’s so good at handling my dental freak outs!). The environment and decor are tasteful and home-y (if your home reflects a trendy suburbanite’s Pinterest decor board). Some people have mentioned the tiny waiting room — but I didn’t really notice. There are plenty of chairs and magazines, plus a fireplace and drink station. Worked for me! Since I hadn’t been to the dentist in years, I’ve had plenty of opportunities this month (a cleaning, sealants, and a two-part deep gum cleaning) to get to know the office — and every time I am giddy with delight that I have discovered such a great dental team. I’ve even stopped dreading the thought of visits! FYI, people love this place so appointments book quickly. However, you can ask the receptionist to notify you of cancellations — which they are great at doing and has resulted in my being able to take care of two appointments within weeks, instead of months. Verdict: This place takes most of the terribleness out of seeing a dentist! You may even grow to like your dental appointments.

Carla J. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I’m very apprehensive about going to the dentist and as a result, I put it off for years. My first exam and cleaning in years was a good experience thanks to Dr. Banner. The office is bright, clean and welcoming. The exam and cleaning itself was painless, even the part where they measure your pockets, which I dread the most. Dr. Banner and his staff put me at ease immediately by distracting me and I really appreciated it. He has a TV mounted up above and you can watch a movie or TV show on Netflix. What impressed me the most was how considerate they were of my fear and pain level, which was high on that day. As a former smoker, they didn’t lecture me at all, which I appreciated.

Andy Jesanis (Source: Google)


I do not enjoy dentist visits in the least, but after my experience at Banner Dental I can confidently say I will be back, as the entire staff was kind and courteous, and did everything to ensure my appointment was comfortable but also was a complete and thorough examination. I was impressed by the facility and the offerings available (including Netflix, don’t pick a comedy) and the tools and techniques used by the staff on site. I can honestly recommend Banner Dental to anyone who looks at dentist appointments with trepidation or even fear, you’re in good hands.

Robert Schmitt (Source: Google)


It’s weird thinking about going to the doctor’s office for an elective procedure during COVID, but Dr. Banner and the team at Banner Dental have really gone out of their way to make the experience feel safe. Between a new (and seamless) virtual check in experience, enhanced safety protocols in the room (air purifiers with UV protection, sterilization procedures, etc.), and virtual payment system – this felt completely safe to me. I’ve been using Banner Dental now for three years, and don’t expect a change any time soon.

Shelby B. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


My insurance recently changed and I needed to find new healthcare providers. Looking toward Yelp for a nearby dentist with strong reviews, I selected Banner Dental. I was very overdue for an appointment and am so pleased with the quality of care I received – Dr. Banner and the hygienist were thorough, informative and kind. I had a fairly long appointment and was pleasantly distracted by my choice of Netflix. The facility is very nice and clean, the office staff are friendly and can accommodate families during family dental blocks and the parking is easy. I am so happy with the results of my cleaning, both for my health and for my appearance. I highly recommend Banner Dental.

Angie M. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


This place is amazing. My prior dentist stopped taking my insurance and I have been to see a few places that didn’t seem trustworthy. I was super happy with Banner Dental and plan to be a client for many years to come. The receptionist was friendly and helpful and made the record transfer easy. The hygenist and dentist were kind, thorough and trustworthy. They offered me good suggestions. I didn’t feel pressured to buy an expensive toothpaste or pay for services that weren’t necessary. There offices were clean and parking was easy. Looking forward to being a repeat client.

Karen W. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


New to Seattle and it can be daunting finding new doctors and service providers in an unfamiliar place. Not only is Banner right in my neighborhood – convenient – but the reviews don’t lie. They are a great practice – clean, friendly, thorough. Couldn’t be more pleased. (And you get to watch Netflix while you’re having your cleaning). The entire staff made the experience very pleasant. Found my new dentist.

Surie Hughes (Source: Google)


Thank you Dr Banner! You are an excellent Dentist and I highly recommend you and your and staff to everyone looking for a new dentist. I have been a patient of Dr Banner for over 10 years. He has addressed all my dental needs; cleaning, restorative and crowns. Outstanding service, extremely knowledgeable, genuine and authentic. Likely the last dentist you will ever have.

Dorothy Gibbs (Source: Google)


I’m a fairly new patient of Dr. Banners, and so far my experience has definitely exceeded my expectations! I’m on a program where I pay a small monthly fee and my cleanings are covered, which is nice since I pay out of pocket. The office is easy to get to and there’s plenty of parking. It’s also super clean and modern, (you can watch netflix while getting your work done.) Dr. Banner has a sort of dorky Dad vibe and is nice but also professional. The dental assistants are really nice and gentle, and my mouth didn’t feel like it had been violated after my first cleaning. I’m doing Invisalign and Mackenzie has been really knowledgeable and informative about the process and what to expect. My former dentist didn’t offer Invisalign so it’s nice to be able to take care of all things mouth related in one place. I’ve never waited more than a few minutes for my appointments. Amber at the front desk is an appointment scheduling genius. When you open the door, it’s like walking into a dental reality show. The office is really nice and everyone who works there is friendly and attractive. (This has nothing to do with the dental care, just wanted to mention it:) Thanks Dr. Banner! I’m really happy with my dental care!

Tom H. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


This is a relatively new place, so I’ve just been here once for my first exam, xrays, and cleaning, but it seems like a great place that does quality work.  I always prefer to learn more about how to better clean my teeth to avoid costly procedures later, and this office gave me a few tips and even a special brush for my gumline that I didn’t know about before which should help.  The staff were all attentive and made sure I was up to speed on everything they were checking out and making notes of.  The cleaning seemed pretty thorough, and I would say substantially less painful than my typical one.    The prices seem a little high for visits after your first one (they currently have a special going on) but from what I’ve heard so far, it sounds fairly typical for the area (still, about 60% more than what I used to pay at my hole-in-the-wall dentist in the SF Bay Area).  Not sure why dental work costs vary so much from city to city…I have always lived in fairly high-cost areas.  Anyway, if they can help me avoid cavities and expensive surgery, then I suppose that is the most important consideration.

Matthew R. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


Hi fellow Yelpers, we meet again. If you’re like me, you’ll spend your time Yelping about an extra-ordinary experience, so here’s one about a trip to see the dentist. When I arrived, I received a friendly greeting, some friendly forms and had myself a sit in a sleek, modern and comfortable living room. Despite the 80-degree day, I appreciated the sentiment of a fireplace. I spent the next 10 minutes crossing out medical concerns, fumbling through my contacts for my emergency individual and, of course, discussing facial care. Standard “dentist stuff”, uniquely blending efficiency with competency-based procedures inclusive of thorough care, discussions and recommendations. If you’re looking for a team of knowledgeable, approachable and happy professionals, check out Banner Dental. Also note the location is central for the north end of Seattle, a quick walk to Green Lake and completely accessible in the Greenwood neighborhood.

May D. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I had my first appointment this morning for a cleaning. I was very impressed by how friendly everyone was, and Dr. Banner took his time to go over my health history and made sure that he understood all of my concerns. I have never had a dentist spend so much time with me. Afterwards, the dental hygienist Mackenzie took a full set of xrays, and afterwards, I met with the doctor again who took photographs. He used the screen above the chair to display my x-rays and photographs again taking his time to fully explain the condition of my teeth.  Dr. Banner then cleaned my teeth and measured the health of my gums, and Mackenzie came in to floss, polish, and and administer the fluoride. Overall, I was very impressed as it did not feel like they were trying to rush me out the door. I could tell they really cared about the condition of my teeth, and as an added bonus they accepted my insurance! And most importantly, I really loved the music playing in their office 😉

Ryan O. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I needed a new dentist after my old one retired. It was great finding a new one so close and convenient to where I live. Upon walking it, one can’t help but notice everything is brand new. They really go out of their way to make the patient comfortable. I’ve never been in a private patient suite before. Dr. Banner and his staff were great: on time, efficient and handled everything with the utmost of care. His communication style is nice, too. As he’s talking to his staff, he was also letting me know what was going on and easing any concerns I may have had. Prior to my appointment, I was not sure if I would switch my family over to Dr. Banner, but after today, I have nothing but the utmost confidence that his practice will be where we go for a long time.

Heather Cowan (Source: Google)


Seattle Public School teachers come here! They are wonderful. I thought I might need tons of dental work, and ended up needing a deep cleaning only. They are thorough, kind, and sensitive to your worries. Dr. Banner examined me and did not make me feel bad about the fact that I hadn’t seen a dentist in over 10 years. Shanna has cleaned my teeth twice and explains all needs and procedures. She patiently helps me understand my dental insurance and the prices are very reasonable. I appreciate this practice! Can’t say enough about how wonderful and efficient they are.

Dana Thomas Applegate (Source: Google)


Dr. Banner and his staff are professional and friendly. It is obvious their top priority is that you are satisfied with your experience. I appreciate that they reviewed my insurance coverage as part of my treatment plan and I didn’t feel like they were trying to up sell me. This is very important as I’ve gone to a dentist I trust for the last 30 years. I would recommend Dr. Banner to my friends and family.

Angela F. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


I *really* like this place, for so many reasons. First of all, I have some serious anxiety around dental work, so for me to give a dentist five stars is saying something. Dr. Banner is personable, knowledgeable, and immediately put me at ease with his relaxed, friendly manner, and his good listening skills, which is a must! All the staff are very caring and friendly. They are efficient and timely, but I never felt rushed, or that they were anything less than 100% attentive. I have been there three times now, so I can say that this is consistently so. I had some work done, which I was pretty nervous about… well, I starting crying on my third visit, so you get the picture. Dr. Banner was SUPER mindful of my anxiety, explaining everything as he went, and being very careful in every way he could to not cause me any pain. They have TV screens and Netflix, so you can watch something to distract you from what’s going on in your mouth, which is great for lengthy procedures. I chose to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which I have been wanting to see for a long time. Watching someone slice through raw fish with razor sharp knives while you are having dental work done might not be the best idea though, so don’t follow my example… On my second visit, Darlene, the receptionist, helped me wade through insurance paperwork, letting me know what was what. Super helpful. On that same visit, I had a deep cleaning… under the gum line – see, that’s what you get when you have anxiety around dental work and don’t go to the dentist for a LONG TIME (remember that don’t follow my example bit?). The hygienist was so sweet – she actually reminded me of one of my nieces. She clearly knew what she was doing, and was kind and respectful of my nervousness, and did a great job. On my last visit, as I was leaving, I ended up chatting with Dr. Banner’s wife, who happened to be there, and Darlene, the receptionist, and it was lovely. They all have great senses of humor, and are kind. It was just a great experience, as far as dentist visits go ;-). And I love a family-run business. And by the way, they are all young, so I’m hoping Dr. Banner won’t retire for a good long time! Nothing but good things to say. I have found my new dentist.

Kaitlyn B. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Banner is the best dentist I’ve ever used, hands down. I’m so, so glad I found his office. The staff are incredible – very friendly and professional. Dr. Banner is super nice and takes time to explain everything in a way I can understand. I’ve been going to Dr. Banner for about 2 years now. I’ve been to several other dentists in Ballard/Greenwood and his office is hands down the best experience. The office is warm, clean, and welcoming. I love watching Netflix while getting my teeth cleaned. It makes the process a million times more comfortable. Banner has definitely earned my highest recommendation.

C. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


So you know after you go somewhere once and then you go again later sometimes your experience is different? THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE PLACES. 🙂 I had not been here since 2016-2017 and I moved away from WA and lived in 2 different states since my last visit. I just moved back and thought I had a cavity (ish)- So I called to make an appointment hoping they were still in business and hoping they were still as great as the last time I came in (YAY!!!! They were) – Keep in mind I HATE and have great FEAR of the dentist! You want to see a grown woman cry over needles and drills…I am that woman. This practice does not push anything onto you-they still do NOT do the upsell unless you absolutely need it-they make care recommendations and then tell you each step of exactly what they are doing. When I called to make an appointment the reception person was super duper nice (same as before), I reminded her of my absolute fear of the dentist-The woman that I spoke to was caring and understanding. I came in about 2 days later and when I checked in for my appointment the woman who took my appointment immediately recognized me and she was very understanding about my fears. They also did all the checking on my insurance before I even got there- The office is very calm and modern and doesn’t have that horrible medical feel- It has a spa kind of atmosphere-and don’t be scared about parking either, there is plenty- there are spaces in the front and there are some in the back as well. I waited about 2 minutes in the waiting room and I was placed into an exam room and got some x-rays and was seated back into the room :). The dental tech who did my X-rays was so nice! Very friendly- she was gentle and told me exactly what she was going to do each step of the way. I originally wanted to get my teeth cleaned but unfortunately for me there was really no immediate space but while I was there-there must have been a cancellation and so they were kind enough to offer me an appointment right after my check up. I took the appointment and the hygienist cleaned my teeth and now they feel squeaky clean. My teeth are really super sensitive so when I let her know there was discomfort when she started using the electric cleaner she immediately stopped went to her hand tools to clean my teeth (which I knew takes longer) but then there was little to no discomfort for me…which I completely appreciated. I apologized that she had to put more work into it-she said it was no problem and was super friendly about it. Now all I have to worry about is coming back in about 6 months for another appointment 🙂 Dr. Banner and his entire staff could’t be any nicer! And 3 years later nothing has changed- I am so glad on this move back to Seattle this is one professional I did not need to research again-Am I still afraid to go to the dentist?-Of Course I am…but am I less scared?- Absolutely. If you are sick of trying out medical providers…and looking for a fabulous dentist? Look no further- make this practice your new dentist office you will not regret it.

Rowena Sace Johnson (Source: Google)


Dr. Banner is wonderful, as is the rest of the staff! I really appreciate how professional yet laid-back they all are. They took the time to also answer all of my questions and were very clear and candid about what was going on during my x-rays and cleaning. (This is a HUGE contrast to my last dentist, where I always felt rushed and pressured throughout my appointments.) I’m so happy they opened up here in the Greenwood neighborhood, and for once in my life I’m looking forward to my next cleaning!

Alison S. from Seattle, WA (Source: Yelp)


About a year ago, I made the ill-advised decision to eat some popcorn kernels while chowing on popcorn. Not long after, I ended up with a broken tooth, a lot of sensitivity, and a lot of terror. In that moment, I knew that what I had been putting off for so long had to happen: I had to go to the dentist. Despite having decent insurance, I was terrified of what would be found and how the costs would be. I was also terrified of the work itself. I thought only the worst could be waiting for me. Thankfully … I found this place. I said right up front that I was both an anxiety sufferer and that this would likely extend to any and all dental work. From day one, they’ve taken care of me. They explain procedures and do everything they can to help me understand what’s happening. While I still get shaky during procedures, my now-numerous times here have really helped me relax about having to go to the dentist. On top of that, they’ve been incredible in helping me out to get my mouth back in shape without making me feel like an idiot for my terror. The office experience is lovely. Each room has a TV so you can watch Netflix. Even if you’re just getting a quick cleaning, they let you stick on your favorite TV show to relax. Everything from check in to check out is pleasant, and they are willing to do everything possible to ensure that you’re comfortable. They’re very good at paying attention to pain responses, so you’re not left thinking you have to sit and deal with the experience. Overall, it’s very lovely, and I’m glad that I can look forward to the pleasant dentist appointment that’s meant to help me.


Dr. Banner opened this office in 2015. He is a long time resident of the Greenwood neighborhood. His philosophy is that teaming up with his patients produces the best results. He has practiced dentistry since 2003 and graduated from University of Southern California. Dr. Lael Banner would like to welcome you to his new dental practice, Banner Dental. A Washington native, Dr. Lael completed his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Washington. From there, Dr. Lael went on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California, in 2003. While Banner Dental is new, Dr. Lael is not new to dentistry! For the past eleven years, Dr. Lael has had the opportunity to practice with and be mentored by his father in their Tumwater-based family practice, Banner Family Dental. To keep up with the ever-changing world of dentistry, Dr. Lael regularly attends continuing education classes and participates in study clubs with other local dentists and specialists. Dr. Lael has also had the opportunity to volunteer and teach at the University of Washington Dental School. Banner Family Dental His professional memberships include American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Seattle-King County Dental Society, and Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society. Dr. Lael has resided in the Greenwood neighborhood since 2007, and looks forward to serving his local community. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Lael can be found at the local parks with his wife, two young children, and French Bulldog, or jogging around Greenlake.