About dr. Spector

Dr. Spector is a 1981 graduate of the Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago. He received his Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics, in 1983.

Dr. Spector is a LICENSED ORTHDONTIST in the State of Illinois. He is a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists, a Fellow of the American Council of Dental Sciences and an Honorary Master Diplomate of the National Academy of Dental Sciences in the field of Orthodontics. He is also one of a few Level-1 Laser Certified Orthodontists in Illinois.

Dr. Spector has earned his stellar reputation among colleagues, patients and former students. Along with his expertise in his clinical practice, he has been asked to share his expertise in several educational positions, including:

  • Associate Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry
  • Clinical Associate in the Department of Surgery, Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Chicago
  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Graduate Periodontics at the Northwestern University Dental School.

Dr. Spector is also a Director on the Board of the Orthodontic Alumni Association of Illinois and a volunteer with Donated Orthodontic Services and Donated Dental Services, which provides pro bono orthodontic and dental care for the indigent and handicapped.

Besides his academic and clinical appointments, Dr. Spector has provided reviews of orthodontic textbooks used in university-based teaching programs. His experience has also qualified him to serve as an expert witness and mediator in malpractice cases. He is frequently invited to address dental study groups, where his lecture topics include dentofacial aesthetics, surgical-orthodontic treatment, laser-assisted orthodontic treatment, and adult orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Spector also maintains or has held memberships in several professional associations, including:

  • American Association of Orthodontics
  • Illinois Society of Orthodontists
  • American Lingual Orthodontic Association
  • Illinois Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
  • Illinois Association of Craniofacial Teams
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • American Dental Association
  • Hispanic Dental Association

Finally, Dr. Spector has been honored to treat internationally recognized Academy Award-winning and Tony Award-winning actresses, prominent models, and the children of local politicians and television personalities.

Treatment Philosophy

Proper diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic problems is Dr. Spector's priority when evaluating a new patient for treatment. Since orthodontic treatment can greatly enhance a patient's overall dental health and appearance, developing individualized treatment plans that are refined for each patient is the foundation of Dr. Spector's practice. In his view, careful treatment planning is the most effective and successful way to understand and address a patient's specific needs and ensures that patients will receive optimal care through each phase of the treatment. We find that the results often exceed expectations.