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Many teens in the Pelham, NY area prefer Invisalign Teen over traditional metal braces for its many advantages: the clear aligners are virtually invisible, the plastic aligners used in this system are smooth and comfortable, the aligners are removable for easy cleaning, and you can eat whatever you want. And this is why we at Kossowan Orthodontics offer Invisalign Teen as an option. What teenager do you know that’s going to trade that option in for visible brackets and wires that can poke and irritate the mouth, more brushing and flossing responsibilities, and many food restrictions?

Now Dr. Anne Kossowan gets her teenage patients because she’s cool, and we at Kossowan Orthodontics also understand that sometimes parents just don’t understand so we thought of a few conversation starters to help teens express to their parents why Invisalign Teen is a better choice for the m than braces.

8 Ways to Help You Chat with Your Parents About Invisalign Teen

  1. There’s already enough pressure on my image at school. Invisalign is virtually invisible, so I can straighten my teeth discretely!
  2. Since the system is removable, I can play sports and/or play my musical instrument just as I do now, without worrying about damaging my braces and the extra money that would cost you.
  3. With Invisalign I can brush and floss properly, and you’ve always stressed how important that is.
  4. With braces I can’t even eat things like whole apples or raw carrots, and I know how much you want me to eat healthy, plus I don’t want you to have to spend extra money on food for my new diet with braces. Or I can get Invisalign and remove them to eat.
  5. I know how busy you are. Invisalign requires fewer appointments. With braces, you’d be taking off of work left and right to take me for adjustments or emergency repairs if I broke a wire or bracket.
  6. This will make me more responsible because I have to remember to wear the aligners to achieve results. And the aligners have blue indicators that fade with wear to remind me.
  7. Even if I was to lose my aligners, Invisalign Teen provides six replacement aligners free, and you know I don’t lose things that much.
  8. It’s actually the same price as braces, and it’s possible that up to half the cost could already be covered by our insurance.

Now that we got mom and dad on board, check out our website to request an appointment with Dr. Kossowan and the team at Kossowan Orthodontics so that we can get you started with Invisalign Teen!

Dr. Anne Kossowan and the team at Kossowan Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign Teen. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in the 10803 zip code area: Pelham, New Rochelle, Mt. Vernon, Bronxville, Yonkers, Larchmont, and Eastchester, NY, or would like to schedule an complementary consultation with Dr. Anne Kossowan, contact Kossowan Orthodontics at: 914.738.7995

Many of our adult patients in Pelham, NY initially ask us: What do I do after my treatment with Invisalign is over? And they soon learn that Dr. Anne Kossowan will continue to have them come into the office, even after orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is complete, to ensure that their teeth stay set and secure in their optimal positions.

Post Treatment with Kossowan Orthodontics

Where you going? Just because you have completed your course of treatment with Invisalign, that does not mean your teeth will stop shifting. Teeth continue to shift and move throughout your adult life. Conscientiously kept appointments with Kossowan Orthodontics ensures that when new problems arise, Dr. Kossowan can intervene and correct the problem so it does not escalate into a more serious situation.

Get a Retainer. Wear it. Again, teeth continue to move and shift naturally after treatment with Invisalign is complete, and wearing a retainer after treatment will ensure that your teeth continue to stay in the desired position. There are different types or retainers that we at Kossowan Orthodontics offer: permanent retainers comprised of a strip of metal fastened to the back surfaces of the teeth, and removable retainers that are worn at night and removed in the morning. Both retainers are effective at maintaining your smile after your Invisalign treatment is over.

Brush. Floss. While this may seem like an obvious tip, it is one of the most important ones. For your teeth and mouth to stay healthy after your treatment with Invisalign, Dr. Kossowan stresses the importance of conscientious oral health care habits after treatment to ensure long-lasting results.

See Your Dentist. Continue to see your dentist after your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is complete. Your dentist will evaluate the state of your dental health after Invisalign treatment, identify and treat any emerging issues, and help keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Good oral health habits are important, even after treatment with Invisalign. If you live or work in or around the Pelham, NY area, and want more information or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kossowan contact us today!

Dr. Anne Kossowan and the team at Kossowan Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in the 10803 zip code area: Pelham, New Rochelle, Mt. Vernon, Bronxville, Yonkers, Larchmont, and Eastchester, NY, or would like to schedule an complementary consultation with Dr. Anne Kossowan, contact Kossowan Orthodontics at: 914.738.7995

Dr. Anne C. Kossowan and Kossowan Orthodontics know that their patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners in Pelham, NY are free to eat, sleep, and play without the constrictions that come with orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. But treatment with Invisalign does come with some caveats to be aware of.

What makes Invisalign different?

Invisalign clear aligners are made of a clear, thermoplastic material that is fitted to the shape of your teeth. It’s flexible and comfortable to wear. Because Invisalign is clear, they are practically invisible to anyone except the wearer. Invisalign is removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and to clean the tray. Maintenance is as easy as brushing your teeth.

What foods should I avoid?

  • Hard Foods and Candies: Things like potato chips and pretzels with a quick and satisfying snap aren’t likely to interfere with your Invisalign treatment because they are not hard enough to push your teeth out of alignment again. Foods like jawbreakers, crusty breads, or seeds and nuts can cause cracks or chips in teeth. Sugary foods feed the bacteria that live in our mouths, and that promotes tooth decay and bad breath. Fruits and vegetables are definitely a healthier option, but they should be cut into bite-size pieces. Try to stick with softer options like bananas, grapes, and strawberries.
  • Sticky Chewy Stuff: Chewing gum is an obvious restriction when being treated with braces or Invisalign. Sticky foods like gum can remain on the surfaces of the teeth after eating. This food debris can cause a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on the teeth and on the Invisalign trays and promote tooth decay. It is important to maintain conscientious oral health care habits while being treated with Invisalign.
  • Liquids That Stain: Drinks like coffee, tea, and wine can stain the Invisalign aligners. Hot coffee, hot tea, and other hot drinks can distort and damage the shape of the Invisalign trays. Acidic drinks like citrus juice can erode tooth enamel and lead to decay. It is important when being treated with Invisalign to keep the trays clean and to maintain good oral health care habits.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign in Pelham, NY is an investment of time, money, and some effort. A straight, healthy, functional smile is the goal. The ease of wear and the ease of care associated with Invisalign clear aligners means that even the most active patients of Dr. Anne C. Kossowan can look forward to successful treatment outcomes without the restrictions and and inconvenience of traditional braces.

Brushing, flossing, and cleaning the trays are still responsibilities of every Invisalign patient, but the care involved, the comfort, and the convenience of Invisalign means no more effort need be extended in the normal, daily routine of good oral hygiene. Avoiding certain foods will help keep your teeth and your trays free from stains and odors and may even make your Invisalign treatment process easier and faster.

If you’re looking for an experienced Invisalign orthodontist in Pelham, NY, call Kossowan Orthodontics at (212) 517-9795 to schedule a free orthodontic consultation with Dr. Anne C. Kossowan.

Invisalign is a popular option for orthodontic treatment, especially among teens and adults in Manhattan. Some patients are skeptical about the Invisalign process because it is a relatively new technology. Dr. Anne C. Kossowan of Kossowan Orthodontics is an expert with Invisalign treatment.

 A question for many is “Does Invisalign work better than braces?” Well, they work differently but achieve the same desired effect.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a practical alternative to traditional metal braces. Like braces, Invisalign will align and straighten your teeth and will help position your teeth properly for your bite. The clear aligner trays are made from a high-quality thermoplastic material that will slowly move your teeth into place over time. Because they’re completely transparent, they disguise well and nobody will know that you’re wearing them. The aligners need to be worn consistently, taking them out only to eat, clean the tray, brush, and floss. Approximately every two weeks, you’ll change your aligners to a new pair that is slightly different from the last.

The Process

Invisalign is just as effective as braces for treating gapped or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and open bites. There are some cases that only metal braces can tackle. Ask Dr. Anne C. Kossowan if Invisalign is right for you.

 If you are identified as a candidate for treatment with Invisalign, you can start the process almost immediately. Your orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan for you to help you achieve the maximum treatment goals possible.

A computer program then plots the gradual course your teeth will move in and creates sets of aligners that correspond with the intended movement of your teeth. Each aligner can move your teeth anywhere from .25 to .33 millimeters. Treatment with Invisalign typically takes a little more than a year’s time. Once your treatment is over, your orthodontist will give you a retainer to wear at night.


The costs of both traditional metal braces and Invisalign depend on the individual patient and how much work they need done. Check with your health or dental Insurance plan for information on coverage for orthodontic procedures. Dr. Anne C. Kossowan and the team at Kossowan Orthodontics will be able to project how much your treatment will cost after all of the factors are taken into consideration.

If you’ve been looking to correct your smile without undergoing treatment with traditional braces, Invisalign may just be the right option for you. Dr. Anne C. Kossowan is a certified Invisalign provider in Manhattan, and frequently uses the system to help patients achieve the most functional and most attractive smile possible. Call Kossowan Orthodontics at: (212) 517-9795

Dr. Anne Kossowan and the professionals at Kossowan Orthodontics in Manhattan have the skill and experience to treat their younger patients with Invisalign clear aligners for their orthodontic treatment needs.


Treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is not indicated if a child has not yet lost all of their baby teeth (primary teeth), and full permanent dentition is not yet complete. A child’s full set of adult teeth (permanent teeth) typically is in position by the ages of twelve or thirteen years old. For those ages and up, treatment with Dr. Anne Kossowan and Invisalign can be a convenient and effective method of orthodontic treatment.


Parents and treatment providers must always consider the maturity and ability level of a child when prescribing treatment with Invisalign. Invisalign is removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and cleaning the aligner trays. That makes it easy to wear and maintain, but it is also a responsibility for the child to keep track of the tray when it is not being worn. The professionals at Kossowan Orthodontics may be able to make replacement aligner trays, but they are expensive and the wait may delay the course of treatment.


Invisalign clear aligner trays are virtually invisible to the casual observer. The trays are made of a thermoplastic material and fit snugly over the wearer’s teeth. They exert a gentle pressure to gradually and progressively move the teeth into a more natural position. A child being treated by Dr. Anne Kossowan with Invisalign may experience less discomfort than with traditional braces. Kids can be active and social and not feel self-conscious that they are being treated for their orthodontic issues.


Dr. Anne Kossowan and the team at Kossowan Orthodontics in Manhattan are sensitive to the needs and lifestyles of all their active young patients. They understand the commitment required from a child toward their treatment, like that Invisalign clear aligners need to be worn 22 hours each day to be effective. Young patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners rely on the supportive and compassionate care of Dr. Anne Kossowan and the team at Kossowan Orthodontics for the best treatment outcomes possible.


Results vary with each patient; typically treatment with Invisalign clear aligners provides approximately a 43% improvement compared to treatment with traditional braces, which has the potential to show a 90-95% improvement. Invisalign is not indicated in all cases of  malocclusions (e.g., crossbites). Depending on the treatment needs and goals of the patient, Invisalign is a manageable and comfortable method of orthodontic treatment for children.

A child’s life is complicated and can get more so with orthodontic treatment. Dr. Anne Kossowan and everyone at Kossowan Orthodontics know that treatment may be a necessity for a child, but it’s also an opportunity for them to learn responsibility and self-confidence while correcting their smiles. Invisalign may be the right treatment for your child. For more information about Invisalign clear aligners, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Anne Kossowan and Kossowan Orthodontics in Manhattan, call: (212) 517-9795

If you have recently been fitted for Invisalign clear aligners, the the team at Kossowan Orthodontics would like to congratulate you on getting one step closer to a confident and healthy smile!

Dr. Anne C. Kossowan knows that while Invisalign is in your mouth doing the important work of straightening teeth, it’s also crucial to keep your Invisalign tray clean. The Kossowan Orthodontics team recommend that their patients near Larchmont, NY follow these tips to keep their Invisalign clear aligners clean and working properly.

  • Saliva and plaque may collect on the Invisalign trays, and that creates the perfect home for harmful or odor-causing bacteria. It is important to clean your aligners every time you take them out. (You take your aligners out before you eat, right?) Brush your aligner the same way you brush your teeth; with a little bit of toothpaste and a toothbrush. You should also brush and floss your teeth while you’re at it. That will help to reduce bacteria also.
  • Soak your aligner in a product like Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, Retainer Brite, or even denture cleaner once or twice a week. Avoid a colored denture cleaner; it may stain or color your aligners.
  • Avoid foods that may stain your aligners. Tea, coffee, wine, and sodas stain the aligners most often. Hot drinks may warp the plastic trays into a position that no longer fits on the teeth, thus extending treatment time.
  • Wear Invisalign conscientiously. Invisalign clear aligners need to be worn to work. The trays are removable to eat, but they need to be worn to be effective. Do not keep the Invisalign tray out of your mouth for longer than is necessary to eat, brush, or floss.

Keeping your Invisalign aligners clean is easy, and it’s a very important part of the overall treatment. Just remember, whenever you brush your teeth, brush your aligners too. To make sure you remember, the team at Kossowan Orthodontics recommends that you make a small Invisalign cleaning kit for when you’re on the go. Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to keep your teeth and Invisalign sparkling clean!


If you have any more questions on keeping your Invisalign clean, or anything else Invisalign related, give Dr. Anne C. Kossowan a call. You can reach Kossowan Orthodontics near Larchmont, NY by calling: (914) 738-7995.

Invisalign patients of Dr. Anne C. Kossowan enjoy a more comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment near New Rochelle, NY. The Invisalign system of plastic aligners are effective at providing the wearer with a straighter smile while being much less noticeable in the mouth. Invisalign offers benefits that Innovation R can’t offer; they are removable by the wearer. This is a critical reason why many Kossowan Orthodontics patients have chosen Invisalign for themselves.

Although Invisalign is one of the most advanced orthodontic treatments available today, patients are reminded that their teeth and the aligners need regular attention during treatment. To get the best results from treatment with Invisalign, Dr. Kossowan recommends to her patients:

  • Keep Invisalign in a safe place: Invisalign aligners are compact and clear, and some patients find them easy to misplace. Always keep the Invisalign clear aligner trays in a case or safely tucked in a plastic bag within your pocket,purse, or bag. Do not wrap them in a napkin when taking them out to eat. Many patients end up accidentally tossing the napkin out in the trash! If you have pets at home, make sure too that your aligners are always high up and out of reach of probing paws. The plastic material may be appealing to them as a chew toy.
  • Remove Invisalign to eat and drink: One of the great benefits of Invisalign is that they are removable. Dr. Kossowan says to take advantage of this! Always take your Invisalign trays out when you’re eating or drinking. Leaving them in may lead to staining of the trays or other damage, such as distortion of shape due to hot food or drinks. Plus, removing them makes eating much easier.
  • Clean your Invisalign properly and thoroughly: To keep your Invisalign working well for your smile and for your oral health, be sure that you are always cleaning them correctly and completely. Invisalign trays should be cleaned at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Dr. Kossowan recommends her patients use a small toothbrush to softly brush the insides of the aligners with just a tiny drop of toothpaste. Some patients use denture cleaner as a soak for their Invisalign aligners. (Simply fill a cup with warm water, put the tablet in, and let the aligners soak.) Kossowan Orthodontics says both methods will keep your Invisalign looking clean, feeling fresh, and working effectively.
  • Wear Invisalign as directed: The most important aspect of treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is to use the system properly. Always follow the exact instructions from Kossowan Orthodontics. Likely, this means never leaving the Invisalign trays out of your mouth for extended periods of time, and always being aware of updating the set of trays when the 2-3 week time period has elapsed. Patients should remember that the longer the Invisalign clear aligner trays are out of a patient’s mouth, they are not working to correct their orthodontic issue. This will extend the treatment time for the wearer.

Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and convenient, and by following Kossowan Orthodontics easy instructions, patients near New Rochelle, NY can ensure their successful treatment outcome. If you have any questions about the Invisalign clear aligner system and how to care for it, contact Dr. Anne C. Kossowan and the team at Kossowan Orthodontics at: (914) 738-7995.