Dr. Howard Spector

Orthodontics
Chicago, IL
42 years experience male

Locations

Millennium Park Orthodontics

Chicago, IL

Address

30 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1812, Chicago, IL
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
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Fax

(312) 726-9534

Insurances accepted

Aetna Dental

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Chicago, IL

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Orthodontics

Dentistry

Dentistry - Orthodontics

Doctor Q&A

125 Answers
16 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
TMJ Symptoms: Pain is a telltale sign that something "is wrong" in the tmj. It is best to diagnose and palliatively treat any symptoms that might manifest themselv... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
TMJ Dysfunction: Yes. Your description is certainly relevant to TMJ syndrome or dysfunction. "locking" of the joint can happen when the cartilaginous disk that rests... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Throat Cancer: That is a hard question to answer. I have never heard of that since throat or oral cancer is usually related to chronic smoking or chewing tobacco, a... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Tooth eruption: Your daughter may simply be describing symptoms related to the eruption of her first permanent molar, which usually erupts around 6 years of age. Or,... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Dental Allergies: Tonsils are part of our immune system. When they become inflamed, it indicates that your body is responding to an "insult". Ask your physician to re... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Dry Socket: Leave it alone and do not attempt to dislodge it! you are describing the clot that has formed and the beginning of the healing process. If you remov... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Lingual Papillae: Our taste buds are actually much farther back on our tongue. You are describing the "papillae" that are near the tip. Those can become irritated and... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Yes it is!: Milk provides a coating and relief of your discomfort. For palliative treatment, antacids (liquids) are also helpful. Your physician or a specialist... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Oral Sex: I am not sure that there is a "time limit" on this type of thing. My advice is to rinse your mouth thoroughly with a strong mouthwash (ie. Listerine) ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Clean Mouthguards: It is imperative that mouthguards be cleaned everyday! most certainly, black mold can be a virulent strain that you do not want in your mouth, which ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Wisdom Teeth: Be sure that you are accompanied by a family member or friend who can help you get home, especially if you are being "put to sleep" during the procedu... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Gingivitis: There is no "quick fix" to "healing" your gums. The first thing that you should do is contact a qualified dds for a thorough evaluation to diagnose y... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Surgical Orthodontic: Orthodontic treatment alone cannot correct a "retruded" lower jaw. Orthodontic treatment involves moving teeth within the lower jaw. However, a combin... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Thinner Lips: Your lips won't actually get thinner, but they may look thinner since the "profile"/thickness of the braces will be removed. Depending on the type of... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Allergic reactions: I recommend that you make an appointment with your md asap for a thorough examination. It sounds as though you are having an allergic reaction to som... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Swollen Glands: Your cold sore may be infected and created a secondary bacterial infection. The viruses in the cold sore and the bacteria are probably related to the... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Cleaning retainers: The best way to clean your orthodontic retainer is with a cleanser designated specifically for that purpose. There are several "over-the-counter" pro... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Halitosis: The key to "curing" any chronic health issue is to determine the etiology of the problem. Halitosis may be caused by periodontal disease that should ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Herpes Lesions: Since you have an active infection, and are being treated with acyclovir, i suspect that you are suffering from viral infection. The bumps that hurt ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Swollen Glands: Sounds like an oral infection. The description that you offer of your gums means inflammation and the small lumps near the border of your lower jaw a... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Bruxism: Yes. Grinding/clenching your teeth can definitely exacerbate symptoms related to TMJ discomfort and pain. When you have wisdom teeth removed, and yo... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Fractured Molars: Call your dds tomorrow morning to examine that tooth. Since you are pregnant, you do not want to chance a dental infection that might compromise your... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
ProBono Care: I would call a dental school and see if they have a free dental clinic or a hospital-based dental residency program that is looking for patients to tr... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Mouthwash: I am not familiar with the notion that mouthwash can kill you. However, most mouthwashes have some amount of alcohol in them, so if you are allergic ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Tooth Whitening: In some instances, tooth whitening can cause increased sensitivity to hot and cold beverages and foods. That can depend on how much of the surface of ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Yes you do!: You need to discover why you had an abscess. Was it a periodontal and/or endodontal abscess and what was the cause? While it has "ruptured" and presum... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Whiter Teeth: No, salt cannot whiten your teeth. You may be confusing salt with baking soda, another common household item. Nevertheless, the best way for a perso... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Abcesses: It sounds like you may have an abcess. The fact that your tooth is discolored is consistent with this finding. The tooth may be non-vital ("dead"), ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Smoking Kills: It seems as though you understand that there will be symptoms if you smoke. The answer to your question is to not smoke at this time. The body wants... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Orthodontics: Visit an orthodontist for a comprehensive evaluation. An orthodontist is a specialist in diagnosing the concerns that you describe and can offer you ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Food Allergies: It sounds as if you have a food allergy. It may either be one of those individual foods, or triggered by a combination of ingredients in those foods.... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Antiobiotic Coverage: You should definitely inform the dds or oral surgeon prior to your tooth extractions of your complete medical history. Then, i would be sure that pers... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Cavities: Some dentists are using different kinds of abrasion techniques, topical sealants and lasers to treat cavities. It is no longer the case where every c... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Retained baby teeth: At age 19, it is normal for the wisdom teeth to start to erupt. The fact that you have "milk teeth" remaining should be looked at by a dentist or or... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Good practices!: It sounds like you are a dentist's model patient! as long as you continue brushing and flossing your teeth as you are, you have little to be concerne... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Too old for Braces?: Absolutely! orthodontic treatment using invisalign tooth aligners can be performed to treat malocclusions for patients of any age -- as long as the t... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Calculus: The yellow deposits you see are called calculus. They are there due to too long a period of not having a thorough cleaning that would remove them. Yo... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Jaw Joint Pain: Any pain in the area you are describing should be diagnosed. Most often, this pain is related to the temporal mandibular joint (tmj), which has an in... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Paresthesia: I assume that you had a lower wisdom tooth removed and that the doctor who removed your tooth gave you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Abcesses: Absolutely! it sounds as if you have an abcess. Does the canker sore resemble an elevated blister? The fact that your discomfort is associated with... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Periodontal Abcess: Call the dds who performed the root canal immediately so that he can examine you. If you also have a periodontal abcess, you may have a combined per... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Frenum: The symptoms may be related to a few things. Did you burn your tongue eating hot pizza, a hot potato or something similar to those? Or, considering ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Cavities: Orthodontists can diagnose cavities that are on the chewing surface as well as those between the teeth using the same x-rays and diagnostic images tha... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Pneumonia: It sounds to me as though you have the flu or a form of pneumonia. Contact your md immediately for a diagnosis and medicine. The discomfort that you ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Tonsils: Yes. Her bad breath may be caused by allergies that produce post-nasal drip. She may also have enlarged tonsils that trap bacteria in our mouths or ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Safety first!: An abcess should be treated immediately before the infection spreads to other parts of the body via the bloodstream. I would be sure that the doctor ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Pain in Neck/Chest: No, a toothache cannot cause pain in the neck and chest, though if it is a long-term abcess or serious dental infection, the associated pain may trave... Read More
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Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Tongues: I recommend that you see your dentist or an oral surgeon to diagnose you immediately. I am not sure that i understand what "bladders" are, ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Healing Factors: Extreme pain means that your body is speaking to you! that is not normal! contact the doctor who removed your tooth immediately for an evaluation of... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 42 years experience
Canker Sores: It sounds as if you are describing "canker sores". These sores can be very painful, and can migrate around the mouth, aggravating the discomfort. Ov... Read More
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Testimonials
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Doctor Howard Spector is a leader in his field, he is a progressive orthodontist practicing most current clinical techniques. He has treated for decades children and adults, making the most complex ca...Read More
Nov 30, 2012
I endorse Dr. Spector. He is a leading dentist in our area and very well established. LynAnn Mastaj, DMD
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Dec 16, 2012
My treatment with Dr. Spector began close to a year ago. During this time, I have found him to be very approachable with my questions and concerned about all aspects of my treatment. He often goes b...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks a bunch, will call the doctor, she does suffers from allergies.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I was so worried the extraction gave me recession. Thank you so much!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! This relueved me quite a bit! Still being cautious. Thank you! :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, IL
Graduated 1983MD

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Dental School
Graduated 1981MD

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York, Stony Brook
Graduated 1977MD

Awards

"Top 1%" Elite Status, Align Technology
Honorary Master Diplomate, National Academy of Dental Sciences
"Top Dentist in the Field of Orthodontics", Consumers Research Council of America 2006-2014

Affiliations

Illinois Society of Orthodontists
American Lingual Orthodontic Association
Illinois Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
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