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

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 (and outfit) that threw off the docs a bit. It’s wonderful that there are two Board Certified Orthodontic Specialists at Cooney Orthodontics, Dr. Cooney & Dr. Tyner. The appointment was great, and after getting my attachments put on, I was on my way to a healthier smile which really excited me.

How long did you have Invisalign?

For about 14 months I was in active treatment, and my treatment was accelerated using AcceleDent. I didn’t have that many appointments, and the ones I did were always enjoyable. The Cooney Orthodontics team always took such great care of me. To make sure I could complete treatment on time, I wore my clear aligners for as close to 22 hours per day as possible. However, the treatment time flew by and I consistently saw improvement. Because of this, I 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, Dr. Maestro & his team at Maestro Dental Wellness, I really hated the thought of sitting in any dental chair. 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 correct my bite, but my dentist & Cooney Orthodontics worked hand-in-hand to ensure any fears were mitigated and all questions were answered. 

Why did you choose Invisalign?

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 realized how far off my oral alignment was and now I could finally appreciate and love my smile more than I had ever thought.

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

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 in Albany!

Would you recommend Invisalign to someone?

I recommend it to anyone who can make that commitment to themselves and those who may be more hesitant to use traditional metal braces. Your smile is an investment, so invest in yourself! It didn’t take long to hear that first, “You have a great smile”, and it felt as great as expected.

Is Invisalign painful?

It’s only painful if you let it be. In the beginning, I’d sometimes 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 meetings and calls, I’d have cuts in my mouth. I soon learned my lessons, became more diligent, and the pain quickly went away.

What was the hardest part of having Invisalign?

I have a 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 a while, 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.

What is your advice to those thinking about choosing Invisalign?

Find an orthodontist that feels like a true partner on your smile journey. Cooney Orthodontics made this process easy, quick, and fun (something I didn’t know was possible). It is important to find an orthodontist v who will work well with your general dentist. The collaboration is vital because there are decisions that need to be made together, and you most likely know nothing about it. Look for someone with iTero Scanning machines – they’re great for your consultation as you don’t have to take messy impressions.

Interested in a complimentary consultation? Book yours online today at Cooney Orthodontics, top Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider in the Capital Region! Locations include both Troy or Ballston Lake, NY.