There are many common myths regarding braces, one of which is in regard to metal detectors. Dr. Aly Kanani is here to tell you why you shouldn't worry about this and other braces myths.
Do Braces Set Off Metal Detectors?
Thankfully, the answer is no. Despite the fact that your braces have metal brackets, you should not be setting off a metal detector when you walk through it, so you don't have to worry if you are heading to the airport or somewhere else that may have a metal detector.
You might be confused since braces are made out of metal but the material is not the right type of metal to interfere with a metal detector.
Braces are safe in all security areas! Traditional braces are made out of titanium and other lightweight metals that are designed specifically so you can go through without being searched.
Other Common Braces Myths
Even though this is such a common treatment, there are still a number of myths related to metal braces that we would like to debunk for you.
Am I more likely to get struck by lightning?
Most kids get scared and worried when that weekly thunderstorm rolls into town. Well, they’re wrong! People who wear braces have a 1 in 700,000 chance of being struck by lightning which is exactly the same likelihood as people who do not wear braces. It doesn’t make any difference. Your braces should not become a lightning rod.
If two people with braces kiss, will their braces get tangled?
With today’s smaller sleeker braces it is extremely difficult – almost impossible – to lock braces while kissing. Also, braces are not magnetic, which means any “attraction” felt is on the part of the wearers, so pucker up!
Will my braces attract attention from fish while scuba diving?
Thankfully, fish are not going to be attracted to the braces in your mouth so there is no need to worry if you intend on scuba diving.
Will my braces make me look dorky?
Braces do not have to look dorky, especially with all the variations available now. Ceramic braces (also known as invisible braces), braces with colored bands, and even braces that attach to the back of your teeth where nobody can see them are all options. Talk to Dr. Aly Kanani to learn more.