9 Common Braces Myths

Braces have come a long way over the last decade, but there are still plenty of myths floating around about this popular orthodontic treatment. Dr. Chad Carver at Stellar Family Orthodontics in Mukilteo and Mill Creek, Washington, understands why these common myths can make patients hesitant about getting braces.

That’s why we want to set the record straight about some of these popular braces myths!

Myth: You can’t get an MRI with braces.

Fact: This is totally false. Because MRIs use magnetic resonance imaging, many people believe their braces will simply fly off during the scan. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about causing a scene at your next doctor’s visit. Dr. Carver uses a special adhesive material to bond braces to your teeth, so they aren’t affected by MRI technology.

Myth: Braces can set the metal detector off at an airport.

Fact: The metal detectors that airports use aren’t looking for the type of metal in your braces, so there’s no need to worry about getting flagged by a TSA agent if you have braces.

Myth: Braces are extremely painful.

Fact: While braces are uncomfortable when they’re first placed, any pain you do experience typically subsides after a brief adjustment period.

Myth: Braces can rust.

Fact: If the thought of waking up to a mouth full of rust is stopping you from straightening your crooked teeth, we have good news for you! The type of metal used in conventional braces is made with a titanium alloy that won’t rust.

Myth: Metal braces are your only option.

Fact: Conventional metal braces are still very popular in teens and adults alike, but they aren’t your only option to straighten your teeth. Clear ceramic braces and clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, are discreet orthodontic treatments that can straighten crooked teeth.

Myth: Braces pick up radio signals and interfere with electronics.

Fact: This myth is more common than you think. It’s been rumored for years that braces can pick up radio signals and interfere with your electronic devices. This would be pretty cool if it were true. Sadly, it’s totally false! The metal wiring used in braces can’t conduct signals.

Myth: Braces always take years to straighten teeth.

Fact: How long braces take to work varies from person to person. In most cases, it takes about 18 months to 3 years to effectively straighten teeth and correct bite problems. However, orthodontic therapies like clear aligners and Invisalign can work in as little as 6-18 months.

Myth: Braces stick to magnets.

Fact: If you’re scared of being pulled toward a magnet with braces, you’re not alone. This is a common, but baseless myth. In reality, braces aren’t magnetic.

Myth: Braces are always expensive.

Fact: Stellar Family Orthodontics works with you to provide exceptional, affordable orthodontic care. We offer flexible payment and financing options, so you never have to sacrifice your budget for high-quality braces.

To schedule a free consultation with Stellar Family Orthodontics, call our office or book a visit online today!