Herbst Braces Treatment Steps

An orthodontist has closely examined your case and has confirmed you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment to improve your overall dental health.

Step 1: 3D digital imaging of your teeth.

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

Step 3: Removal of Separators and placement of the Herbst Appliance. The appliance itself stays in place for 9-12 months because once we adjust the bite, it needs time to settle into place.

Step 4: Top braces are placed. The bottom braces are generally placed a few months after the top. For most patients the Herbst Appliance is removed before the bottom braces start. 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.

Step 5: 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.

Download Herbst Braces Treatment Plan

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!

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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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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! 😄⁠
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 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! 😄⁠

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