Remembering Dr. Michael E. Fleming

Thoughts and Reflections from Dr. Cooney

Dr. Cooney and Dr. Fleming

Dear Family and Friends of Cooney Orthodontics –

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Dr. Michael Fleming. A native Trojan, Dr. Fleming started our practice in downtown Troy in 1960 after completing his specialty training at Columbia University. Over the years, he built a thriving and successful orthodontic practice and positively impacted the lives of thousands of patients. It was while he was creating beautiful smiles for my older siblings that I got my first exposure to orthodontics. As a young kid tagging along, it was always apparent to me that he was a joyful and happy person who loved what he did and was genuinely interested in each and every patient he treated. 

I began my orthodontic career at 15, when Dr. Fleming offered me the job of building superintendent at the office. In the nearly 50 years since, he was a role model, mentor, colleague, and friend and played an outsized role in my professional and personal development over the course of these many years. To me, he was an aspirational figure, one who’s easy laugh and approachable manner were always on display. He was welcoming and generous with everyone and was an exemplar of what a true professional should be. He gave of his time, talent, and resources to many civic, charitable, and educational organizations throughout his life. Dr. Fleming was always so very welcoming, supportive, and encouraging to young dentists just starting out.

Dr. Fleming, Dr. Cooney, Dr. Tyner, and Mrs. Fleming

For me, it was the realization of a lifelong dream to join him in practice in 1988 after completing my own orthodontic specialty training. I was blessed with the opportunity and privilege of working with him for 11 years before he retired in 1999. In his retirement years, Dr. Fleming took a special pride in watching the ongoing evolution and growth of the practice – from the move to our current Troy location on Federal Street in 1999, to the opening of our Ballston Lake office in 2012 and, most recently, with Dr. Canaan Tyner joining me in providing care for our patients 

Dr. Tyner and I have been tasked with the responsibility and obligation to carry his professional legacy into the future; a responsibility we accept and fully embrace. We will do so in a manner that continues to reflect the fundamental principles that Dr. Fleming established at the outset all those years ago.  For now, however, we mourn the loss of a very special man – a terrific orthodontist, certainly.  But more than that, a fundamentally good and decent person who contributed so much to so many for so long and who did so happily, joyfully, and unconditionally.  With his passing, the world has become a somewhat poorer place, but in the aggregate, it is a much better place for the life he lived while he was with us.

Thank you, Mike, for the many kindnesses you bestowed upon me.  It has been the great privilege of my life to have your mentorship, guidance, and friendship these many years.  God Bless you!

See what Dr. Tyner accomplished in record time!

While you don’t need to be ABO Board Certified to work at a private practice, Dr. Tyner wanted to make sure he took his training to the absolute highest level to provide the best orthodontic care to our patients. 

Read more about Dr. Tyner’s Board Certification journey!

Happy Mother’s Day from Cooney Orthodontics!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Congrats to all of our new moms here at Cooney Orthodontics (we have a lot)!

Jen, welcomed her baby girl one year ago, Katie’s son was born in July, Jocelyn welcomed her baby girl in December, and Amber’s twin boys arrived 3 weeks ago!

Did you know?

Did you know your Invisalign treatment is completely customized to your individual case? While every dental situation is different, with the use of the newest technologies, we can ensure that each of our patients have the best possible outcome tailored to their specific oral health needs.

Schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation today to see if Invisalign or braces could be right for you!

Celebrating 4 Years!

Katie, our RDH, is celebrating 4 years at Cooney Orthodontics on May 21st! Congratulations! 

Celebrating 3 Years!

Katie, our RDH is celebrating 3 years at Cooney Orthodontics on May 24th! Congratulations! 

Happy Easter From Cooney Orthodontics!

Welcome to the Cooney Family!

Welcome to our newest Registered Dental Hygienists, Jen Q and Rachel! We’re excited to have them join our team and can’t wait for all of our patients to meet them!

Dental Hygienist Week!

April 4th marks the beginning of Dental Hygienist Week! 

At Cooney Orthodontics, our Registered Dental Hygienists are an essential part of our team, helping create healthy smiles from Albany to Saratoga! 

Did you know?

Did you know that only 10% of orthodontists have completed their Board Certification with the ABO? At Cooney Orthodontics, both Dr. Cooney and Dr. Tyner have passed their comprehensive board exam administered by the American Board of Orthodontics meaning they’re Board Certified Orthodontic Specialists.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Tyner or Dr. Cooney to begin your orthodontic journey! 

Celebrating 19 Years!

Donna is celebrating 19 years at Cooney Orthodontics on April 21st! Congratulations! 

Celebrating 7 Years!

Jen is celebrating 7 years at Cooney Orthodontics on April 27th! Congratulations! 

Vote for us in the Times Union’s Best of the Capital Region!

Thank you to all those who nominated us for the Times Union’s annual Best of the Capital Region competition! We’re excited to once again be among the top in this contest and invite you to show your support by voting for us as “Best Orthodontist”! 

You can vote daily until March 4th with each vote counting toward a drawing for a $1,000 sweepstakes.

Thank you for continuing to support our practice! 

Fall in love with your smile!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you swooning over the dream of having a straight and healthy smile that lasts a lifetime?

Learn how Invisalign could help you fall in love with your smile this Valentine’s Day by scheduling your consultation right online

February is children’s dental health month!

The health of a child’s baby teeth is the foundation for a lifetime of smiles as they play a key role of saving space for their permanent teeth. Make sure to brush at least twice a day and incorporate sugar free snacks into your child’s diet! 

Did you know it is suggested that children should have an orthodontic screening at age 7? At this age they may not be ready for treatment, though many orthodontic issues can be caught early leading to less time and more straight forward treatment in the future.

A beautiful smile without wires and brackets!

We want you to be confident and proud of your smile while maintaining good oral health that lasts a lifetime! Oral health is a window into your overall health. Orthodontic treatment helps ensure proper function of teeth and create healthy smiles. A good bite makes it easier for you to eat and speak. Teeth that are misaligned are harder to clean and can cause abnormal wearing of tooth enamel which can lead to extensive and expensive dental procedures.

Start your journey to loving your smile! Schedule your complimentary Invisalign screening today at either our Troy or Ballston Lake office!

Take your smile into the end zone!

Did you know Invisalign is an official sponsor of the NFL? Go the extra yard and get that touchdown smile this Super Bowl Sunday! 

Happy Anniversary, Ansley!

Ansley, our New Patient Coordinator, celebrates 9 years at Cooney Orthodontics this month! 🎉We are so grateful to have you as a member of our team!⁠

 Happy Birthday, Donna!

Happy Birthday to Donna, our Lab Technician & Inventory Coordinator! 🎉 May your birthday be the start of a year filled with plenty of smiles! 😄

Happy Birthday, Katie!

 Happy Birthday, Katie!

Happy Birthday to Katie, our Registered Dental Hygienist 🎉 May your birthday be the start of a year filled with plenty of smiles! 😄

Happy Birthday, Amber!

Happy Birthday to Amber, our Registered Dental Hygienist 🎉 May your birthday be the start of a year filled with plenty of smiles! 😄

What Are FSA and HSA Accounts?

We get a lot of questions concerning what FSA and HSA accounts are and how they work. Today we’re taking the time to explain how you can use these benefits in our Troy and Ballston Lake, NY offices.

What are HSA and FSA accounts?

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) are often offered by your employer and allow you to set aside money for qualifying health care expenses. Therefore, they can be used to pay for yourself, your spouse, and eligible dependent.

Can I use my HSA and FSA for orthodontic treatment?

We do accept HSA and FSA for eligible orthodontic treatment. Only the portion of your orthodontic payment(s) that is not paid for by your dental insurance or any other plan may be considered an eligible expense.

How can my HSA and FSA help save me money?

HSA and FSA’s are two types of savings accounts that allow you to set aside money on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified medical expenses. By using the untaxed dollars from an HSA or FSA to pay for your orthodontic treatment, you save money. Contact your HSA and FSA provider for specific details.

Trust our Board Certified Orthodontists

Less than 6% of dentists are Orthodontic Specialists, and only 10% of these Orthodontic Specialists are board certified by the ABO! We are lucky to have two Board Certified Orthodontists at Cooney Orthodontics that have the knowledge to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile at any age. Schedule your complementary consultation today to see how you can take advantage of your HSA/FSA account(s), and review all our payment plan options.

Happy New Year!

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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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! 😄⁠
 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!

Capital District Orthodontists toys for tots collection

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!

Orthodontic patient in Saratoga New York

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!🎉