If your child just had their first visit to the orthodontist, or you are feeling insecure about your own smile, you may have come to the conclusion that you need orthodontic corrective treatment. From this conclusion is an option: braces or Invisalign®. Both treatments are offered at Great Smiles, but how do you know which is right for you? That’s where we come in. We’ve put together information below with the differences, the pros and the cons of braces vs Invisalign®.


  • Braces: Metal brackets glued to teeth, tied together by wire and rubber bands.
  • Invisalign®: Aligner trays made from clear, BPA-free plastic.


  • Braces: Brackets are either metal, clear or gold. Rubber bands come in a variety of colors and can be changed to match seasons, holidays or your favorite color combinations.
  • Invisalign®: Trays are clear, making them virtually invisible on teeth.

Comfort Level

  • Braces: May experience discomfort from tooth movement, wires and brackets may irritate cheeks and gums.
  • Invisalign®: May experience discomfort from tooth movement.


  • Braces: Best treatment for complex dental issues, can’t be lost or thrown away, don’t need to remove appliances to eat or drink.
  • Invisalign®: Food won’t get caught in the appliances after eating, appliances are removable, no discomfort from wires or metal appliances.


  • Braces: May cause discomfort, limitations on types of food that can be consumed (no sticky foods or popcorn), food can be stuck in-between brackets and cleaning teeth is more challenging.
  • Invisalign®: Treatment is only suitable for mild to moderate dental issues, appliance must be removed before eating and drinking (which increases risk to lose appliance, especially for younger patients), teeth must be brushed immediately after eating or drinking to avoid staining.

Both Dr. Hydo and Dr. Miller are experienced orthodontists who can further guide your decision between braces and Invisalign®. No matter which treatment path you choose, we are committed to bringing you great results! If you have any other questions or would like to make an appointment or arrange a consultation, call (858) 755-4223 or request an appointment online.