Back to School Smiles at Cooney & Tyner Orthodontics

School is officially back! 

Everyone remembers picture day as part of the back-to-school routine, whether as a student or a parent. Picture day and the beginning of school are times where everyone wears their nicest outfits for photos, but there is often little children can do to dress up their smiles. For some, these early school photos provide a meaningful “before” photo to eventually be paired with an “after” following orthodontic treatment. 

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. By bringing your child to the orthodontist at an early age, they will have a lifetime of confident smiles. 

In honor of school being back, let’s take a look at our staff’s smiles from their school pictures. 



Dr. Cooney

Dr. Tyner


Jen D

Jen M

Jen P

Katie K

Katie W


If your child is ready for orthodontic treatment, come visit Cooney & Tyner Orthodontics at one of our locations in Troy or Ballston Lake. Schedule a free consultation with one of our Board Certified Orthodontists today for you or your child. 

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Space Maintainer Treatment Steps for Patients with Braces

The team at Cooney & Tyner orthodontics want you to know what to expect while you’re receiving treatment for your smile. Get to know the six steps associated with space maintainer treatment for patients with braces:

Step 1: 3D digital imaging of your teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment Step: 3D Imagining

Step 2: Placement of Separators (Spacers) in between the back teeth approximately one week prior to placing the appliances to maintain space for them to fit comfortably.

Orthodontic Treatment Step: Placing of Seperators

Step 3: Removal of Separators and placement of the Space Maintainers (Upper: Nance, Lower: Lingual Arch). This is a time where we will see you back for periodic checks to evaluate the eruption of the teeth. This time frame is dependent on each patient’s biology and how fast or slow the teeth are growing in.

Placement of Space Maintainers

Step 4: The 3D Digital Imaging is updated.

Orthodontic Treatment Step: 3D Imagining

Step 5: The Space Maintainers are removed and the top braces are placed. The bottom braces are generally placed a few months after the top. Many times rubber bands will be necessary to settle the bite into a correct and healthy position. You will then be seen every few months for braces adjustments until the desired tooth and bite position is acquired.

Placement of Braces

Step 6: Removal of all brackets and placement of upper and lower clear plastic retainers. Retainers will be worn full time for a few days, then 12hrs a day for a year, then night time for a lifetime to stabilize and maintain your hard work.

Orthodontic Treatment Step: Placement of Clear Retainers

Have questions about the best orthodontic treatment for you? Contact our experienced orthodontic team via phone / email or schedule a complimentary consultation today!

2022 Summer Contest – Running Diary

The 2022 Where in the World Are Our Doctors?! – Summer Contest is coming to an end, and thanks to you, it has been so much fun! Throughout the summer, we’ve been getting photos of our patients traveling and enjoying their summer featuring Dr. Cooney and Dr. Tyner. At the beach, concerts, national parks and many more, the Cooney & Tyner Orthodontics community has been well represented. 

Thank you to everyone who entered. This contest is so special because of you! 

Check out the entries below.

2022 Winners

Congratulations to Chava and Alex for winning this year’s summer contest!

Chava and Dr. Cooney at Badlands National Park in South Dakota, the Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, Glacier National Park (Montana) and Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota).

Alex took Dr. Cooney and Dr. Tyner to explore Manitou Springs, CO

Thank you to everyone who submitted pictures this summer!

Mason and his sister on Vacation

Raegan and Dr. Cooney at Latham Ridge Playground

Madeleine relaxing doing puzzles before vacation.

Cooney the Unicorn sent in by Tessa

Julianne and Dr. Tyner love Ice Cream! Here they are at Udderly Ice Cream.

Rhett took Dr. Cooney along on his family vacation.

Dr. Cooney and Jacob at Yankee/Mets game at Citi Field!

Dr. Cooney and Dr. Tyner enjoyed a day at the beach in Asbury Park, NJ! Thanks for the submission Allison!

Lillienne and Dr. Cooney in Mattapoisett, MA.

Lexi and Haley in Long Beach Island

Here is Charlotte and Dr. Cooney at opening night of the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC. We even ran into some former patients of Dr. Cooney’s!!

Lucy and Domenico on vacation.

Norah and Dr. Tyner with the Clydesdales

Dylan, Emma, and the doctors traveled all around Colorado to the Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park, and Fraser.

Dr. Cooney loved hanging out with Mia by the water slides and arcade, but the car-ride nap after a long day is also a classic summer activity.

Dr. Cooney, Dr. Tyner, and Anthony buried in the sand.

Dr. Cooney was spotted at Epcot with Lewis.

Annika, Soren, and Jameson – Triplet Cooneys taking a vacation in the AirStream

Have you entered yet?

Entry is simple; grab a Dr. Cooney, and/or Dr. Tyner, head on a stick at the front desk at either of our locations in Ballston Lake or Troy. Next, take a creative photo with Dr. Cooney or Dr. Tyner while you’re having fun this summer.

Your submission enters you to win a $100 Visa Gift Card! Two winners will be chosen. The doctor that goes on the most vacations also gets to pick a charity for the losing doctor to donate to, who do you think will win?

Submit your photos by email to

You may also submit your photos by tagging @cooneyortho on your Instagram story or @CooneyOrthodontics on Facebook. You can also add a head sticker gif on your story as well by searching “Cooney” on Instagram.