Happy New Year!

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Make it your New Year’s resolution to get your dream smile! With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth with nearly invisible clear aligners, making it easier than ever to enter 2022 with confidence!

Thank you for supporting Toys for Tots!

Toys for Tots Drive
This year, we collected 268 toys for Toys for Tots in our annual collection! Thank you so much for helping families in need in the Capital Region!
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Ansley
Happy Birthday, Ansley!

Ansley, our New Patient Coordinator, celebrates her birthday on January 6th! 🎉 May your birthday be the start of a year filled with plenty of smiles! 😄⁠
Erin
 Happy Birthday, Erin!

Erin, our Dental Hygienist and Business Manager, celebrates her birthday on January 30th! 🎉 May your birthday be the start of a year filled with plenty of smiles! 😄⁠

Take your RDH career to the next level!




Are you looking for a chance to change the direction of your dental hygiene career? Does the idea of learning new things and building on your skills and experience to grow in your profession interest you? Are you interested in working in a patient-centered, high-tech environment, with the Capital Region’s top VIP Diamond Invisalign provider?

If so, consider joining our team. Ever since our practice was founded in 1960, hygienists have been a critical part of what we do. They are involved in all aspects of patient care, from placement and removal of the entire range of orthodontic appliances, participating in ongoing and active treatment, patient education, serving as treatment coordinators and patient advocates, as well as working with growing patients in our active observation program. 

Make 2022 the year you seize the opportunity to move your career as a dental hygienist in a new and rewarding direction!

Many of our hygienists, including Shelby and Jen, found the perfect place to further their advanced skill set and career at Cooney Orthodontics. With the mentorship of two Board Certified Orthodontics and an experienced team of professionals, they have been able to strengthen their knowledge and give themselves a competitive advantage in the worlds of dentistry and orthodontics. Here are some things Shelby and Jen have to say about their experience as Hygienists with Cooney Orthodontics:

Shelby H. RDH, MS:

“What I love most about being an Orthodontic Hygienist is the variety throughout my daily schedule. Rather than doing general hygiene all day, I am removing and placing braces, removing and placing Invisalign attachments, providing thorough patient education, 3D digital scanning, and so much more!” 

“All procedures I do as an Orthodontic Hygienist are learned on the job. Although, my experience in general dentistry helped to mold my skills in patient interaction and clinical excellence. Having baseline instrumentation skills, ergonomics knowledge, and patient care expertise set me up for success in orthodontic procedures.”

Being a Dental Hygienist in an orthodontic practice has sharpened my skills, not only clinically, but intellectually. The daily variety of patients, appliances, and procedures keeps me free from burnout. I love the faster paced environment that allows me to excel in so many areas of my expertise.” 

“Generally as hygienists, there isn’t much opportunity for growth. The amount I have learned through this practice, treating patients under top Orthodontists in the northeast is immeasurable. Knowledge is continuous as we strive to adapt new and updated technologies that truly improve the patient and clinician experience.” 

“I have never experienced such teamwork and closeness as I have while working in orthodontics. There is an open clinic concept so you aren’t stuck alone in your own room all day. Interacting with my co-workers and other patients brings such a fun atmosphere. I am so grateful to work with such a great group that is so willing to help no matter the task!”

Jennifer D. RDH:

“Working in Orthodontics – we see our patients much more frequently than in a traditional practice setting. This allows us to have such an important and influential role in their dental knowledge and health. We are able to build important fundamentals regarding their oral hygiene habits and positively reinforce these skills on a much more consistent basis. Our schedules have many different types of appointments during our work week. We not only utilize our skill set to remove adhesive, we are also able to screen patients for orthodontic care and bond appliances. The wide range of appointments within orthodontics never leads to a monotonous schedule.”   

“My traditional education in Dental Hygiene created a solid foundation for me to grow my skill set within the scope of orthodontics. You will learn a new batch of skills regarding bonding techniques and adhesive removal techniques – these skills are just a variation of what we already know. You will utilize your tactile sensitivity to distinguish between enamel and adhesive. Our extensive knowledge of tooth morphology and dental development also assists with bonding and adhesive removal as well as educating patients and their parents during their orthodontic process.”  

“Personally, I love the amount of patient education I can provide. Being an advocate for my patients and educating them so they can make an informed decision is what I love most about being a dental hygienist. Having the opportunity to work in orthodontics brought this to a whole new level. Not only can I take the time to discuss ways to improve their oral hygiene – I also get to take a deep dive into how their malocclusion plays a role in their dental health. I am able to discuss issues with patients that may have not been previously discussed and educate them on possible solutions to these issues.”   

“If you are behind – the whole office is behind. We work together as team and have a very fluid schedule. Personally, I have performed many roles within the office and I cannot say that any particular role is more and/or less important than the other. Having a team behind you, with the same beliefs and practice philosophy – supporting you throughout your day, makes for such an enjoyable work day. I can confidently finish a patient for a coworker knowing that they received the same care and education that I would have provided.”  

“Going through Hygiene school, it was important for me to find a practice that I felt comfortable in regarding my own principles on patient treatment/management. The amount of patient education and advocacy that Dr. Cooney and Dr. Tyner have for their patients make my job as a hygienist that much more enjoyable. As a team, we are always looking out for our patient’s best interest. We are able to provide a service for patients that may have otherwise seemed unattainable. I take a lot of pride in what we do as an office.



Happy Holidays from Cooney Orthodontics!

Wishing you a very happy and joyous holiday season and all the best in the new year ahead!


Last chance to win!

At Cooney Orthodontics, we are proud supporters of the Capital Region Toys for Tots! Join us by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to either office location by December 9th for a chance to win an Amazon gift card! The more toys you bring in, the more entries you receive!

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Tis’ the Season

With clear aligners, you can straighten your smile with confidence this holiday season! Book a consultation with the area’s Top Invisalign Team today!

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Season of Giving

At Cooney Orthodontics, we are proud supporters of the Capital Region Toys for Tots! Join us by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to either office location by December 9th for a chance to win an Amazon gift card! The more toys you bring in, the more entries you receive!


Happy National Brush day!

This month we celebrate National Brush Day! Oral hygiene is an important factor during orthodontic treatment and can affect the quality and timing of your treatment. Make time for your smile. Brush for two minutes, twice a day for a happy and healthy mouth.

Removable Invisalign trays make brushing during orthodontic treatment easier than ever! Book a consultation with the area’s Top Invisalign Team today!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Here at Cooney Orthodontics, we are grateful for family, our great team, and healthy smiles!

Celebrating 1 Year!

Amber is celebrating 1 year at Cooney Orthodontics on November 2nd! Congrats!🎉

Celebrating 23 Years!

Jen M is celebrating 23 years at Cooney Orthodontics on November 16th! Congrats!🎉

Happy Orthodontic Health Month!

When you need Invisalign, who ya gonna call?
Cooney Orthodontics!

October is Orthodontic Health Month, a time to celebrate healthy smiles, learn more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment, and the importance of good oral health!

Celebrate with us by scheduling a complimentary consultation today!


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so don’t forget to show your support for the nearly 4 million survivors in the US and spread awareness by wearing pink!⁠


Happy Halloween!

If you have wire braces, make sure to avoid these treats this Halloween!

  • Hard candy such as Jolly Ranchers, lollipops, jawbreakers, etc.
  • Chewy Candy such as Tootsie Rolls, taffy, caramel, etc.
  • Popcorn or candy that contains nuts
  • Bubble gum

Celebrating 2 Years & a Birthday!

In addition to celebrating a birthday on October 15th, Dr. Tyner is celebrating 2 years at Cooney Orthodontics on October 21st! Congratulations! 

Happy Birthday, Shelby!

Shelby is celebrating a birthday on October 24th

Happy Birthday, Jocelyn!

Jocelyn is celebrating a birthday on October 29th

We Believe in the Tooth Fairy!

August 22nd is National Tooth Fairy Day!

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur no later than age 7. While your child may not have lost all their baby teeth at this point, vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment while catching any complications that may be developing in the future.

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Happy International Dog Day!

Join us in celebrating the pups of Cooney Orthodontics on August 26th!

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Toys for Tots Golf Tournament

Although the Toys for Tots Golf Tournament was postponed due to bad weather, we can’t wait to get out on the green with our team on August 16th!

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Team News


Diane - Financial Coordinator - Cooney Orthodontics

Celebrating 16 Years!

Diane is celebrating 16 years at Cooney Orthodontics on August 30th! Congratulations! 

Jen D - Registered Dental Hygienist - Cooney Orthodontics

Happy Birthday, Jen D

Jen is celebrating a birthday on August 24th! May your birthday be the start of a year filled with plenty of smiles! 

Jen M- Certified Dental Assistant - Cooney Orthodontics

Happy Birthday, Jen M

Jen is celebrating a birthday on August 28th! May your birthday be the start of a year filled with plenty of smiles! 


Ortho Trivia


Tips for Wearing Invisalign at School

For any child or teen, fitting in can be challenging, especially when you’re going through orthodontic treatment. Thankfully, Invisalign is a discreet and more comfortable alternative to metal-bracket braces. There are a few specific things that can worry your teen when going back to school with Invisalign, so here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your child is set up for success. 

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  • How to maintain good oral hygiene during the school day

It’s always important for your child to have good oral hygiene, but during any orthodontic treatment, oral hygiene is of higher importance. At a minimum, it is recommended your child brushes their teeth after every meal. Be sure to pack them a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste, and encourage them to brush their teeth in the bathroom after lunch, or send a school excuse that they need a trip to the nurse’s office after eating. We understand this may be challenging to implement in their busy schedules, so we recommend in a pinch, swish really well with water or chew a piece of sugar-free gum for a few minutes to remove large food debris. They can then do a thorough brush when they get home. 

As it is important to keep up with good brushing, flossing is just as important to clean the contacts in between the teeth. It is recommended to floss each night. To help encourage your child to regularly floss, we recommend getting floss picks. The handles tend to make flossing easier for kids and it will limit the amount of contact between fingers and mouth. 

Oral hygiene not only applies to your teeth, but to the clear aligners as well. It is vital that your child continuously cleans their Invisalign aligners. Good practices include rinsing the aligners each time they are taken out before putting them into the case. Aligners should be brushed with a toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste each night. Aligners can also be soaked in retainer cleaning crystals a few times a week to keep them fresh. 

  • Eating during the school with Invisalign 

Wearing aligners is a lifestyle change, especially when it comes to eating while at school. It might be challenging to encourage your child to take the aligners out at the lunch or snack times. If your child does not feel comfortable taking them out at the table, we encourage them to go into the bathroom to remove their aligners on the way to the cafeteria, place them in their case, and place their case in a safe location.

  • Meeting the recommended wear time

Invisalign aligners simply won’t work if they are not worn for the recommended hours per day. This ensures the teeth are moving to the correct places in a specific amount of time. It may be helpful to remind your child that your orthodontist will know if your child is not wearing the aligners for the specific amount of time, since your teeth will not be adjusted as much as they expect. It is important for your child to know that if they are not wearing the aligners for the minimum amount each day, the longer the treatment process will take. We recommend batching snacks and meals rather than grazing throughout the day to minimize taking the aligners in and out. Since you can keep the aligners in while drinking plain water, we recommend sticking with water as your preferred drink throughout the day, saving other types of drinks for during meal times when the aligners are out.

Many parents understandably get nervous their child will not be compliant throughout treatment with Invisalign. Since Cooney Orthodontics is the top VIP Diamond Invisalign provider we have worked with thousands of Invisalign cases from age 7-80. We see great compliance with Invisalign throughout all age groups, and more importantly some amazing results with this more comfortable, lower maintenance, and predictable treatment process.

We hope your school year is full of smiles!


Happy Labor Day!

We hope you all have a great holiday weekend!


Toys for Tots Golf Tournament

We had a great time participating in their 6th Annual Golf Tournament at The Edison Club, helping raise money to put smiles on children’s faces in our community! Thank you to everyone who participated!


Team News


Celebrating 34 Years!

Erin is celebrating 34 years at Cooney Orthodontics on September 1st! Congratulations! 

Celebrating 33 Years!

Dr. Cooney is celebrating 33 years at Cooney Orthodontics on September 1st! Congratulations! 

Celebrating 1 Year!

Jocelyn is celebrating 1 year at Cooney Orthodontics on September 16th! Congratulations! 

Happy Birthday, Diane!

Diane is celebrating a birthday on September 16th! May your birthday be the start of a year filled with plenty of smiles! 

Happy Birthday, Katie K!

Katie is celebrating a birthday on September 9th! May your birthday be the start of a year filled with plenty of smiles! 


Ortho Trivia


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It’s National Tooth Fairy Day!

This year on National Tooth Fairy Day, we want you to know everything you can about your child’s oral health. It can be hard to know at what age your child should begin orthodontic treatment or when they should first see a dental specialist. As their teeth erupt, it’s important to know if they’re growing in correctly, if they are caring for their oral health, and if they will need specific treatments in the future. It’s a good idea to bring your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts to make sure you are on top of their oral health. Here’s everything you should know about your child’s first orthodontist visit.


When should my child begin orthodontic treatment?

There is no set age to begin orthodontic treatment, but their first visit should be centered around when they begin to lose their first teeth. It is important to note that your dentist can quickly detect oral concerns that you may never have noticed as a parent. In this sense, taking your child to the orthodontist as early as seven is recommended. Often, losing baby teeth can be associated with eruption disturbances of the permanent teeth that go unnoticed until your visit with an orthodontist.

Why might my child need orthodontic treatment?

Kids may need treatment for several different reasons including crooked teeth, overlapping teeth,overcrowded teeth, or a “bad bite” (known as malocclusion). These issues might result in treatment via either braces or Invisalign. Invisalign is becoming a much more popular option andis a great alternative to braces, especially for kids. There is a higher level of comfort and ease with the treatment, and treatment results in the same effectiveness. Your child can eat what they want, not worry about pokey brackets and wires, and have their teeth move more predictably andcomfortably. Invisalign First is specifically made for younger patients and is one of the best waysto fix oral alignment issues in children.

What will happen at my child’s initial appointment?

Your child’s first appointment will consist of a full series of x-rays and digital photographs so the orthodontist can fully examine your child’s oral situation. This is followed by a thorough clinical examination and explanation of findings. The goal of the appointment is not only to find any oral health concerns, but also to make you and your child feel comfortable and cared for.

What types of braces are there for children?

At Cooney Orthodontics, we offer a variety of options for children. Typically, different types of appliances may be necessary prior to or in conjunction with traditional braces or Invisalign. As technology has advanced, many times we will be suggesting Invisalign as the more predictable and comfortable option for your child. We are also the Capital Region’s only Top 1% Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider, so you know your child is in good hands.

What is Invisalign and how long will the treatment last for my child?

The Invisalign system consists of multiple sets of clear aligners that are custom made to fit your child’s mouth. Small, tooth-colored bumps called attachments are adhered to the teeth to allow the aligners to snap onto the teeth and guide the teeth into the correct positions. Specific movement is prescribed from your orthodontist. These aligners are changed on a regular basis to keep up with that movement. In terms of longevity of the treatment, it is hard to give a definitive answer since everyone’s dental situation is different. At your initial appointment, you will be given an estimated treatment time for your child’s specific situation.


Every child loves the excitement of losing their first tooth and waiting for the Tooth Fairy to come the next day. This National Tooth Fairy Day, encourage your child to become comfortable with the dentist and orthodontist. After all, choosing to visit the orthodontist early on can result in minimizing orthodontic issues and can maximize confidence in your child!What is Invisalign and how long will the treatment last for my child?The Invisalign system consists of multiple sets of clear aligners that are custom made to fit your child’s mouth. Small, tooth-colored bumps called attachments are adhered to the teeth to allow the aligners to snap onto the teeth and guide the teeth into the correct positions. Specific movement is prescribed from your orthodontist. These aligners are changed on a regular basis to keep up with that movement. In terms of longevity of the treatment, it is hard to give a definitive answer since everyone’s dental situation is different. At your initial appointment, you will be given an estimated treatment time for your child’s specific situation.Every child loves the excitement of losing their first tooth and waiting for the Tooth Fairy to come the next day. This National Tooth Fairy Day, encourage your child to become comfortable with the dentist and orthodontist. After all, choosing to visit the orthodontist early on can result in minimizing orthodontic issues and increased confidence in your child!

Invisalign Patient Experience: Q&A

If you are seriously considering Invisalign, hear a first hand account about the experience as told by Rich from Albany, NY. He recently finished up his active treatment at our Troy office where he saw both Dr. Tyner & Dr. Cooney.

Why is a smile important to you?

I was fortunate to have a really nice natural smile without braces growing up, but I let it deteriorate over time. Now with social media and zoom meetings your smile is on display more than ever. This is especially true as “masks optional” starts to become increasingly a healthy norm again in our area (Albany, NY).
At all times of day your smile and overall oral health is going to be on your mind. It plays a major role in your health and happiness, so it was the right time to make the investment in myself with the right Invisalign provider!

Why did you choose Invisalign?

If only presented with the option of traditional braces I don’t believe I ever would have had orthodontic treatment done. The ease of treatment, and knowing Cooney Orthodontics was the most experienced provider in the area, made it a really easy choice.

My bite wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t something that bothered me and I didn’t think it was too bad. Upon completing active treatment I finally could appreciate how far it was off previously and how now I could more effortlessly smile in a way I loved each time.

How long did you have Invisalign?

I was in active treatment for about 14 months, and my treatment was accelerated using AcceleDent. I didn’t have all that many appointments, and the ones I did were always enjoyable. To make sure I could complete treatment on time I had to make sure I wore my clear aligners for as close to 22 hours per day as I could. The treatment time really flew by and I consistently saw improvement and knew I was on the right path with each aligner swap.

Did you have any fears or concerns prior to your appointment?

Prior to getting my smile back in order with the help of my amazing general dentist (shoutout Dr. Maestro & his team at Maestro Dental Wellness), I really hated the thought of sitting in any dental chair ever again. When I was ready to start Invisalign I tried to get over any fears by imagining the first day that someone would tell me I had a great smile. With my smile needing some fixing I knew I had a pretty complex road ahead to help fix my bite, but my dentist & Cooney Orthodontics worked hand-in-hand to ensure any fears were mitigated and questions were answered. Most importantly that the process was simple because I had a real guide in the process.

Describe your experience at your first appointment.

My appointment was interesting because it was Halloween. So, I showed up with a bit of a funky smile that threw off the docs a bit. It’s wonderful that there are two Board Certified Orthodontic Specialists with Dr. Cooney & Dr. Tyner. The appointment was great though, and after getting my attachments put on, I was on my way to a healthier smile.

What was the hardest part of having Invisalign?

I have a pretty bad gag reflex and was never able to wear sports mouthguards growing up. I was quite worried that I wouldn’t be able to wear my Invisalign retainers for the appropriate amount of time and after awhile I really started to forget they were there.

The rubber-bands were hard to get on at first, but you really become a pro once you practice a few times.

Is Invisalign painful?


It’s only painful if you let it be. In the beginning I’d forget to take the steps like slightly wearing down any edges with an emery board or using orthodontic wax. I talk a whole lot, so after a day of this I’d have a cut up mouth. I soon learned my lessons and the pain went away.

What is your advice to those thinking about choosing Invisalign?

Find an orthodontist that feels like a true partner on your smile journey. They should also be someone who will work well with your general dentist. It’s so important that they are collaborating because there are decisions that need to be made together. Look for someone with iTero Scanning machines – they’re great for your consultation as you don’t have to take messy impressions.

Would you recommend Invisalign to someone?

I recommend it to anyone who can make that commitment to themselves or their family member. Your smile is an investment you get to use only while you’re living so the sooner the better. It didn’t take long to hear that first, “You have a great smile”, and it felt as great as expected.

Interested in a complimentary consultation? Book yours online today for either of our locations in Troy or Ballston Lake, NY.