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Dr. Howard Spector

Orthodontics
Chicago, IL
41 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

Wednesday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(312) 726-9534

Insurances accepted

Aetna Dental

Guardian Dental Insurance

MetLife Dental

Office

Chicago, IL

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthodontics

Dentistry

Dentistry - Orthodontics

Doctor Q&A

125 Answers
16 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Yes. : Yes. By overbite i presume you mean the protrusion of the upper front teeth extending forward of the lower front teeth. This correction can be achie... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Dental Care: It is unfortunate that you feel so badly about your teeth and presumably dental appearance and smile. Do you live near a dental school or hospital tha... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Operculum: The gum over your wisdom tooth is inflamed. You may have some food stuck beneath it that must be removed. While it may hurt to "probe" in this area,... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
TMJ Dysfunction: Did you suffer an injury to your jaw (ie. Whiplash) or have wisdom teeth removed recently? The popping sound is due to a disk of cartilage in your ja... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Oral Discomfort: This is a difficult question to answer without a thorough oral examination. Tongue discomfort may be caused by a myriad of issues. Did you recently ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Invisalign Kisses!: Yes--you certainly can kiss with invisalign tooth aligners in place. However, just as orthodontists recommend that they be removed when eating or dri... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
They can be..: That depends on what type of sore(s) you have. Herpes lesions are viral in origin and can definitely be transmitted during sexual relations. Be care... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Frenectomy: Ankyloglossia can be corrected by performing a lingual frenectomy. In this procedure, the tendon that connects the underside of the tongue to the flo... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Ortho Assistant: Orthodontics is a specialty, and has its own "set of skills" that most orthodontists require as part of training. If you are interested in being an o... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Clear and removable: Invisalign is an excellent treatment modality for adult and teen patients who desire orthodontic treatment using clear, removable tooth aligners inste... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
White Spot Lesions: Yes--there are certain "discolorations" that might cause an orthodontist to hesitate treating you. In some instances, the enamel of the teeth can be ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Gingival Abcesses: A "blood blister" on the gum indicates that you have a dental infection that is typically related to a nearby tooth. Dental problems of this type sho... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Orthodontic Treatmnt: Orthodontic treatment can be performed at almost any age, assuming that the bone and gum tissues that support the teeth are healthy. Age 7 is a good ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Oral Surgery Healing: Go see the doctor or dentist who treated you! swelling after surgery is always to be expected, but swelling that spreads well beyond the surgical sit... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Oral surgery: The best person to answer that question should be the doctor who will be removing your teeth. The tongue bar or ball at the end of it could contact t... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Hypodontia: The medical term for the congenital absence of a permanent tooth with a retained baby tooth still in place is "hypodontia".
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Anxiety: I assume that he is not having wisdom teeth removed! other types of surgical procedures can be treated using topical anesthetics that are numbing to t... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Throat Pain: Schedule an appointment with your physician for an examination. Pain when swallowing along with a lump in your throat can be elicited by many things,... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Ulcers: Sometimes acid reflux can cause irritation of the throat that can be very uncomfortable. Essentially, you are bathing the soft tissues of that area i... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
T ; A Discomfort: If you have swollen tonsils and/or adenoids, your physician is most able to diagnose you and render the necessary treatment. Often, inflamed t;a's ac... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Brush Well-No Stains: There is absolutely no reason that you should be concerned about stains on your teeth after your braces are removed--as long as you have excellent ora... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Gingival Lesions: It sounds like you may have bit your lip during contact, or another piece of your oral tissues if you were wearing a mouth guard while you were playin... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Oral Lesions: The spots you describe are due to the acid reflux that you are being treated for with prevacid (lansoprazole). Often times, reflux lends to the feeli... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Tooth Sensitivity: I am not sure that this has anything to do with your pregnancy. Did you have alot of morning sickness? The acid may have eroded your teeth. Try a de... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Tooth Whitening: There are various at home bleaching methods available, and some do cause sensitivity while others don't. Whitening strips can confine the bleach to a ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Absolutely: At your age, it is easy to treat an incipient or advanced periodontal disease. Schedule an appt. With your dds for an evaluation. Either s/he or a ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Referred Dental Pain: Make an appointment with your dds. If you are experiencing pain, that is a clue that there is a problem with that tooth. Pain around your eyes may be ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Canker Sores: Canker sores are usually of viral origin. In most cases, they take 4-5 days to heal and go away. The best inexpensive remedy is to rinse with warm s... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Chipped tooth: That is a difficult question to answer without seeing the tooth. Fees also vary from one part of the country to another. In most cases, restoring a ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Peridontal bone loss: That can best be determined by a periodontist. However, this is probably the case as you had a significant periodontal procedure (s;c) and lanap per... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Sores: I imagine that these "burns" are related to oral sex. I recommend that you practice safe sex using a condom during this activity. Meet with a docto... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Implant or Bridge?: Invisalign can be used to correct this problem if the "tipping" is not too advanced. Most often, when a tooth is removed, the adjacent teeth tip, dri... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Missing Teeth: Absolutely. The congenital absence of a permanent tooth can leave spaces that may be unsightly, if in the front of the mouth. These spaces can be fi... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Oral Discomfort: It appears as though you may be suffering from dehydration related to your "intestinal issues". This may stress your body enough that you develop can... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Burning Symptoms: While unfamiliar with these symptoms, you may be correct that this is an allergic response to one of the ingredients in the mouthwash. However, some ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Burning Tongue: These symptoms are consistent with 'burning tongue syndrome'. You may also want to check for 'adverse reactions' of any medications that you are taki... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Tonsils: If you are still concerned about your diagnosis after meeting with a pa and your dentist, get another opinion from your md or get a referral to an ENT... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Oral HIV Testing: No, that should not be a problem. The purpose of the oral HIV test is to get a sample of saliva from your oral tissues and to determine whether or no... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Canker Sores: You may be irritating the sore on the inside of your cheek if it is inflamed and you are chronically biting it. Often times, this may elicit feelings... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
See your MD: The symptoms that you describe should be diagnosed thoroughly by an md who has familiarity with oral lesions and concerns. It sounds as if you are se... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Throat Irritation: If you are not already being treated by an md for your pharyngitis, do so immediately. As you can imagine, blood from any source that you spit out me... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Stomach Ulcers: First of all, visit with your primary care physician for proper diagnosis and/or referral to a specialist (ie. Gastroenterologist). Avoid acidic and ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Thin Periodontium: If your gums are "thinning" at your age, you may be too aggressive with your tooth brushing. You may also be using a hard bristled toothbrush. I rec... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Under and Overbites!: Your question involves an understanding of the biomechanics of tooth movement that is pretty complicated. In essence, the lower teeth are moved down ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Plaque Control: While you are to be congratulated for eating a "healthy diet", there are home care practices that are crucial to having excellent oral hygie... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Anti-inflammatories: Yes. Aspirin or Ibuprofen substitutes are excellent anti-inflammatory medications that can reduce post-operative swelling in a short time if taken ev... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Herpetic lesions: Most often mouth sores are herpetic in origin, meaning they are full of viruses. If you have these, consult your dds if they do not disappear within ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Nausea: Swallowing an excessive amount of blood during a dental procedure can cause nausea and vomiting. The surgeon's assistant evacuated saliva and blood ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Root canal therapy: Yes, when it involves tooth #19 or any other tooth that is used during chewing and grinding food. Tooth #19 is a first molar and has a large chewing ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 41 years experience
Periodontal disease: At your age, you should not be seeing receding gums. Visit your dentist for a thorough evaluation. Recession can be caused by brushing with a toothbr... Read More

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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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