Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Banks Dental Group

Christopher Banks, DMD

Dentist located in Auburn Gresham, Chicago, IL

Smiling can add seven years to your life, reports the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Be excited and confident to show off your smile by correcting any imperfections and brightening your look. Dr. Christopher Banks of Banks Dental Group helps residents in the Auburn Gresham area of Chicago enhance their smile with professional teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and bridges.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

How will I benefit from cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry includes teeth-whitening and other procedures to enhance the look of your teeth. A healthy-looking smile communicates good health and self-confidence when you meet people.

What whitening procedure does Banks Dental Group offer?

White teeth make you look younger and more confident. Adult teeth are subject to discoloration due to genetics, certain medications, tobacco, and certain foods.

Dr. Banks offers Whitening for Life, which complements your personal dental care. You receive custom-made, professional-grade whitening trays and gel to use at home. The trays fit your mouth perfectly so you get optimum results; there is no discomfort or leaking like what might occur with over-the-counter trays.

When might I need a crown?

A crown is a cap that fits over your existing tooth and restores its shape, strength, and appearance. Sculpted from dental porcelain, crowns closely match the look of your enamel and fit all the way to the gum line.

Dr. Banks may recommend a crown if you have a cracked or broken tooth or teeth that are worn down. Teeth with a lot of decay that have been repaired with a filling or root canal, or are misshapen or discolored, also call for a crown. Crowns cover dental implants, too.

Crowns also play a role in the stability and appearance of dental bridges, which fill gaps caused by missing teeth. The bridge consists of two or more crowns that sit on either side of the gap where a false tooth is implanted. A bridge makes your smile look natural and maintains the shape of your face. It also keeps your existing teeth from shifting and corrects your bite so you can chew and speak.

How long will a crown take?

Dr. Banks can plant a crown in order to restore your tooth to its original shape, strength, and appearance in one hour. This is especially convenient for patients who may have tight schedules,

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that fit right over your existing teeth to look natural, but aesthetically more pleasing. Veneers improve the appearance of your teeth by making them look straighter and whiter. They strengthen your teeth too and even resist staining.

What are Lumineers?

Traditional veneers require removal of healthy tooth structures for them to fit over your existing teeth, but Lumineers are ultra-thin. Dr. Banks applies them right over your teeth to create a natural smile. Unlike veneers of the past, anesthesia and shots are unnecessary with Lumineers: You won’t experience the pain associated with a traditional veneer process.

Dr. Banks will take an impression of your teeth that’s then digitally processed to create an overlay fit just for you. Dr. Banks will then prepare each tooth for placement, adhere the Lumineers one by one, and check the fit to ensure that your bite and smile are just right.

Is there a treatment for reducing gaps between teeth?

Through veneers and braces, including Invisalign, Dr. Banks can get rid of unsightly gaps between teeth and give you the smile you’ve always wanted. While braces may take several months or years to align teeth properly, Dr. Banks can close a gap with veneers in a single session without the use of anesthetics so you can go back to living your life afterward.

If you’re interested in ridding yourself of gaps in your teeth, or you just wish they were better aligned, consult with Dr. Banks today. He’ll talk to you about the treatment options so you can decide which is the right one for you.

Accepted Insurance Plans

At Banks Dental Group, we accept all insurance plans except Medicaid and private insurances. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Annette if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Aetna
All Kids
Avesis
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
CompDent
Delta Dental
GEHA PPO
Harmony Health Plan
Liberty Dental PPO
Medicaid
MetLife Dental
Preferred Care Partners
United Concordia