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.

July 2021 Newsletter

Toys for Tots Annual Golf Tournament 

This month we will be participating yet again in the Toys for Tots Golf Tournament. We love being able to do our part to make a difference in our community. If you would like to be a part of this tournament, register HERE

Want to help? Follow our friends at Capital Region Toys for Tots on Facebook for info on local events, fundraisers, and more!

Smile! It’s Summertime!

Getting a smile you love shouldn’t be uncomfortable, tedious, or embarrassing! Show up to the picnic without feeling awkward thanks to Invisalign!

Did you know with Invisalign, you take your aligners out to eat, so there are no food restrictions or poking wires to bother you as you chew?! You will be able to enjoy all the summer treats while working on your beautiful, healthy smile to last a lifetime!

Schedule a complementary Invisalign consultation for yourself or your child today! 

Happy Independence Day!

We hope you all are able to enjoy 4th of July weekend with your friends and families! Stay safe!

Team News

Celebrating 5 Years!

Jen is celebrating 5 years at Cooney Orthodontics on July 5th! Congratulations! 

Happy Birthday Dr. Cooney!

Dr. Cooney is celebrating a birthday on July 9th! May your birthday be the start of a year filled with plenty of smiles! 

Ortho Trivia

Dr. Tyner is a Board Certified Orthodontic Specialist!

We want to share some great news! Dr. Tyner has passed his comprehensive board exam administered by the American Board of Orthodontics meaning he is officially a Board Certified Orthodontic Specialist!

This is truly a huge accomplishment because less than 6% of dentists are orthodontic specialists and only 10% of these orthodontic specialists are board certified by the ABO! It is also very rare for an orthodontist to complete their board certification this early in their career!

We are very fortunate to have him as a part of our team and as he continues to set our practice standard of providing top notch care through quality education and experience.

We have a unique practice, a talented team, and now operating under TWO Board Certified Orthodontists who also happen to be the only Diamond Plus Invisalign Providers in the Capital Region!

Join us in congratulating Dr. Tyner for his hard work!

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

Spring into a great smile!

May 2021 Newsletter

Dr. Tyner and Dr. Cooney are using the Force to straighten smiles in the Capital Region!⁠

See if Invisalign is right for you by scheduling a complimentary consultation online with one of our orthodontic Jedi Masters.

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HVCC Lecture!

On April 12th, Dr. Cooney, Dr. Tyner, and Shelby had the pleasure of conducting our yearly orthodontic lecture to the Dental Hygiene students at HVCC.
Did you know that we love to teach and keep up on the latest in education?!

🦷Dr. Cooney is an attending orthodontist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cornell Medical College, both in New York City. He has lectured on topics relating to orthodontics and correction of facial deformities to diverse groups throughout the country. He has also published numerous articles in a variety of professional journals and newsletters.

🦷Dr. Tyner has taken on extensive training in clear aligner therapy, adult orthodontic treatment, and orthodontics in combination with orthognathic surgery. During residency, Dr. Tyner also conducted research analyzing the accuracy and effectiveness of digital scanning and digital model analysis. He enjoys lecturing on these topics in our local area.

🦷Shelby has her Masters Degree in Dental Hygiene Public Health and Education. She has lectured Continuing Education courses for dental professionals in the local area as well as clinical, didactic, and orthodontic instruction to the students at HVCC.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

We hope you all are able to enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend with your families!


Orthodontic Trivia


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Team News

Celebrating 6 Years!

Jen recently celebrated 6 years at Cooney Orthodontics on April 27th! Congratulations! 

Celebrating 3 years!

Katie is celebrating 3 years at Cooney Orthodontics on May 21st! Congratulations! 

Celebrating 2 years!

Katie is celebrating 2 years at Cooney Orthodontics on May 24th! Congratulations! 

Why Should I Feel Confident in Choosing Invisalign for my Orthodontic Treatment?

How many people have used Invisalign clear aligners?

Over 9 million people, including more than 4.3 million children, have used Invisalign clear aligners to transform their smiles. So, how is Invisalign treatment different than other teeth straightening options?

Invisalign treatment is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, backed by more than two decades of innovation.

Unlike braces, Invisalign clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible. There are no wires and brackets, so you don’t need to change the way you brush and floss. And, you can continue to eat all your favorite foods.

And no other clear aligner is made from Invisalign’s SmartTrack material. This groundbreaking technology helps move your teeth more predictably and in many cases it can help you get the smile you want faster than traditional braces.

Do Invisalign clear aligners contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?

All Invisalign aligner and retainer materials are made of medical-grade, high molecular weight, thermoplastic polymers. These materials were selected for use in aligners and retainers based on their properties and safety classification, and have a long history of FDA approvals for long term use inside the human body. Tests conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials show they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth.The aligners are free of any latex, parabens, phthalates, glutaraldehyde, epoxy or Bisphenol A (BPA).

How old is the company behind Invisalign clear aligners?

Align Technology, Inc., the company that makes Invisalign clear aligners, was founded in 1997.

Has the FDA approved Invisalign treatment?

Yes, Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Align Technology, Inc. received the necessary 510(k) clearance from the FDA to sell and market Invisalign treatment in 1998.

Why should I choose Cooney Orthodontics as my Invisalign Provider?

At Cooney Orthodontics we are proud to provide patients in the Capital Region with the highest level Invisalign clear aligner treatment. We have been embracing the smiles of children, teens, and adults for over 60 years. We pride ourselves on being the only VIP Diamond Plus Invisalign Providers in New York’s Capital Region. What this means is we have completed the most Invisalign cases to date in the area. Dr. Cooney has been working with Invisalign since it’s launch back in 1997. Dr. Tyner has completed extensive training and research on the use of clear aligner therapy in orthodontics. They are both very meticulous with each and every case, working together on every case and spending time digitally prescribing what movements need to be completed for the best outcomes possible. We use vast technologies and updated systems such as 3D digital imaging to provide ease of care for each patient.

8 Invisalign HACKS every aligner wearer should know!

Hack #1 – Your Invisalign Case

Your Invisalign Case IS YOUR FRIEND. Keep it in your bag, in your pocket, in your hand, anywhere and everywhere! There’s nothing worse than wrapping your aligners in a napkin when you’re eating and it being thrown in the garbage. Trust us, it happens ALL the time! Pets also love to use aligners as a chew toy, so keeping it safe in a case is important.

Hack #2 – A Good Nail File

Sometimes new aligners can come with unexpected rough edges since they are 3D printed in a lab. These areas could become irritating to your mouth. Smooth down that sharp spot with a new nail file and you’re good to go!

Hack #3 – Switch Before You Sleep

Switch to your new aligners before you go to sleep! It’s better having your new aligners in for 8 hours straight whilst you sleep vs. in and out throughout the day. This gives your teeth ample time to settle into their new aligner and position through the night which in turn decreases discomfort and allows for better tracking!

Hack #4 – Emergency Dental Travel Kit

Keep an emergency dental travel kit in your bag or car. It’s so important to put clean aligners on clean teeth. We want you to try to brush your teeth after each meal, but it is important too that you at least rinse thoroughly and remove any food that may be stuck in your teeth before putting your aligner’s in.

Hack #5 – Timing Is Key

We stress you wear your aligners all the time, only removing to eat and brush. The best way to continue tracking on time and get the best results is to shoot for 22 hours a day wearing your Invisalign. Try and batch snacks rather than eating throughout the day. Rather than taking aligners out to drink teas and sodas, switch to drinking plain water. You’ll be able to keep your aligners in AND stay hydrated!

Hack #6 – Soak and Brush

Soak your Invisalign in retainer cleaning crystals every few days to refresh your aligners. Brushing your aligners each night keeps them clean and removes bacteria.

Hack #7 – Chewies Are Your Friend

Chewies may seem a little weird, but they make a big difference in how your teeth track within your aligner. Be sure to chew on chewies for at least a minute each time you put a new aligner in, and for the first few days if it is still a bit tight. This allows the aligners to seat down fully and move the teeth most efficiently.

Hack #8 – Use Your Team

We are here for you every step of the way! Any questions or concerns just give us a call: Troy (518)274-4322 or Ballston Lake (518)400-1200.

Invisalign First: Things to know…

An advanced treatment that can improve children’s smiles as they grow.

Invisalign First is designed specifically for little smiles.

If your child is in need of a 2-phase treatment as they grow, Invisalign is a great way to get results that work!

 Invisalign First aligners are:

  • Designed to treat a broad range of teeth straightening and bite issues in growing children, from simple to complex, including crowding, spacing, and narrow dental arches.
  • Removable for easy hygiene, making it easier for growing children to brush and floss.
  • Designed for comfort – which means no pain from rubbing brackets or poking wires.

Who could be a candidate for Invisalign First clear aligners?

  • As a child grows, their smile grows with them. And even with baby teeth, it may be the perfect time for children ages 6 to 10 to start orthodontic treatment. This is known as Phase 1 treatment.
  • At this stage, orthodontists can see issues that may need early treatment to address a developing problem.
  • Invisalign First clear aligner treatment is designed for predictable results and a positive experience while addressing the unique needs of growing children.