Blog Archive

Clear Braces vs. Invisalign: Which is Right For You? Jun 15th, 2020

If you need to have your teeth straightened, you have options. While you can go the traditional braces route, you can also choose between two systems that don’t stand out as much: clear braces and Invisalign®. At Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago, Howard Spector, DDS, and our team have treated...

Myths and Facts About Invisalign May 20th, 2020

Most people probably know you can get Invisalign® aligners to straighten your teeth instead of traditional metal braces. But beyond that simple fact, there’s a lot of misunderstanding about what these clear plastic aligners can do and who can use them. At Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago, Howard Spector, DDS,...

Is There an Ideal Age for Straightening Teeth? Apr 18th, 2020

Every parent wonders if their child will need braces, but not every parent knows when they should take their child to the orthodontist. At Millennium Park Orthodontics, we understand your concerns, and we’re here to help. Keep reading for our advice on when you should consider braces for your child....

Understanding Jaw and Facial Malformations Mar 23rd, 2020

With some patients, braces can correct their orthodontic issues. With others, however, surgery may be required to correct jaw or facial malformations.   In this blog, Howard Spector, DDS, who is an expert orthodontist and maxillofacial surgeon at Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago, explains how jaw and facial malformations can...

Sneak Peek: The Benefits of Computerized Visual Imaging Feb 12th, 2020

When you set off on a trip, you don’t just blindly start driving. You look at a map to figure out where you’re going, or you plug the address into your GPS and follow the directions. The point is, you follow a route that has been planned ahead of time....

What Factors Should Adults Consider When Choosing a Teeth-Straightening Treatment? Jan 9th, 2020

It seems like the draw of a straight, white smile is stronger than ever before. With Instagram setting new standards left and right, what influencers usually have in common is rows of perfect, straight teeth. Straight teeth do have health benefits, including the ability to chew more thoroughly and the...

What to Expect from Surgical Orthodontic Treatment Dec 18th, 2019

If bite or alignment problems are diagnosed in childhood, an orthodontist may be able to address these issues with braces or other appliances. If the problem goes untreated, however, more measures may need to be taken. Jaw problems that affect an adult’s ability to chew, eat, or speak clearly may...

Dental X-rays Have Come a Long Way: Check Out Digital Imaging Nov 11th, 2019

Did you know the health of your mouth affects your overall well-being? Dental X-rays are an important piece of the puzzle to help orthodontists plan the best course of treatment for your optimal oral health. Thanks to modern dental technology, getting dental images is easier and safer than ever. At...

Teeth Straightening as an Adult vs. During Childhood Oct 10th, 2019

You’re not alone if you think of straighter teeth mostly as a cosmetic concern. But crooked and misaligned teeth come with their own set of problems, from an increased risk of tooth decay to jaw or neck pain.  You may associate orthodontic care only with teens, but advances in orthodontic...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Sep 3rd, 2019

While crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious and impact how you interact with others, the condition can affect more than your emotional health. Misaligned or overlapping teeth can change the way you speak, smile, and move your mouth. While having crooked teeth isn’t a sign of poor health, leaving...

Why It's So Important to Start Orthodontic Treatment Early Jul 15th, 2019

Orthodontic treatment can give your child a beautiful-looking smile, and straighter teeth can also help your child enjoy better oral health, all the way through the adult years. When most people think about orthodontic treatment, they think of braces. But the fact is, that’s just one type of treatment an orthodontist...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Trays Jun 4th, 2019

Having straight teeth is an important part of feeling confident about the way you look and about your appearance in general. But wearing metal braces for a few years can seem like a big price to pay for those good looks. Fortunately, the InvisalignTM system is designed to help you...

Who Needs Surgical Orthodontic Treatment? May 9th, 2019

In many situations, your orthodontist can provide you with outstanding support for your needs. However, there are cases in which standard treatment isn’t effective enough. This is when surgical orthodontic treatment becomes necessary. Our goal is always to help you have a healthy, functional bite, and with orthognathic surgery, we...

Permanent Versus Removable Retainers: Which Is the Best Choice? Apr 1st, 2019

You’ve spent the last year (possibly longer) in braces and you’re so excited to show off your beautiful new smile. However, the work doesn’t stop once the braces come off. In order to keep that smile straight and looking its best, it’s important to wear a retainer regularly. At Millennium...

7 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Invisalign® Mar 1st, 2019

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment to straighten your crooked teeth, then you’ve probably heard about Invisalign®, a very popular alternative to traditional metal or ceramic braces. Invisalign® uses clear aligners made of smooth plastic to gently move your teeth into position over time, without the discomfort and self-consciousness of traditional...

What Age Should My Child See an Orthodontist? Feb 6th, 2019

Providing orthodontic care for your child is about a lot more than aesthetics. Orthodontics can correct bite abnormalities that otherwise could increase your child’s risk for tooth decay, gum disease, temporomandibular joint disorder and even tooth loss. Even when bite function is not an issue, having straight, beautiful teeth can have...

Why Straight Teeth are Important to Your Oral Health Jan 15th, 2019

Many people believe that having straight teeth is simply a cosmetic concern that most celebrities obsess over. While this may very well be the case in American cultural norms — a belief that beautiful people should have beautiful teeth — there’s much more to straight teeth than aesthetics. You may...

You’re Never Too Old for Braces Dec 10th, 2018

If you missed the braces boat as a child, or your teeth have shifted with age, getting braces as an adult is easier and more popular than ever. In fact, over 1.2 million adults in the United States have braces at any given time — which represents 20% of the...