September 23, 2021

No, A Magnet will Not Stick to Your Braces: 5 Myths Debunked

Most of us have heard stories about braces, but how many are true? From magnets sticking to braces, to braces picking up radio signals, we bust five myths and reveal the truth about braces.

Myth #1 Magnets will stick to your braces.

No, magnets can’t stick to your braces. Braces are made of high-grade metal alloys that include metals and nonmetals, but none of them are magnetic.

You won’t have to worry about magnets sticking to your braces; this also means you don’t have to fear your braces getting stuck when kissing your partner who also has braces! The chances of your braces converging with your date’s braces are pretty low. You won’t magnetize to your partner’s smile and end up in an awkward mess of intertwined wires and brackets.

Myth #2 You have to have metal braces to straighten your teeth.

Every patient who comes to us is unique, and not all of them prefer traditional braces to perfect their smile. We understand this! That’s why we offer traditional braces, clear ceramic braces and Invisalign® clear aligners.

Depending on your condition, one treatment may be better suited for you than another. At your complimentary consultation, we’ll examine your condition and discuss your treatment preferences to help you make the best decision for your smile.

Even for patients who prefer traditional braces, you don’t have to worry about having a mouth full of metal. Advancements in orthodontic technologies have allowed braces to become much more discreet with smaller brackets that are comfortable and efficient.

Myth #3 Braces pick up radio signals.

Do braces pick up radio signals?

The idea that braces can pick up radio signals has been around for a long time; people have been reporting on dental work picking up radio signals for more than 100 years!

The idea that braces can pick up radio signals has been around a lot longer than TV sitcoms, because people have been reporting on dental work picking up radio signals for more than 100 years!
There are cases where people have stated they hear talk radio or soft music in their head after getting braces or fillings, with one person reporting they could shut it off by placing their tongue over the offending dental cap. (Times Herald-Record)

Mythbusters was intrigued with the famous story of Lucille Ball reportedly picking up radio waves in her mouth during World War II. They created and performed some tests and amazingly concluded that it is possible! (Mythbusters)

The stories refer to fillings though, not braces. This is one of the more harmless myths about braces, because who wouldn’t want a radio built into their smile?! Having all of your favorite songs at the touch of a bracket? Sounds pretty convenient.

But fortunately (or unfortunately, however you look at it) braces cannot pick up radio signals. Although your rubber band hooks may resemble antennas slightly, the only way you’ll blare music from your mouth is if you belt it out yourself.

Myth #4 Braces cost a fortune.

It’s hard to put a price on a perfect smile, especially if you’ve been living with a smile that you’re embarrassed to show. Although orthodontic treatment is truly priceless, we do understand that finances are a concern for most people!

We’re proud to say that you may be surprised just how affordable braces can be. We offer a number of different payment plans and discounts, including pay-in-full discounts, no interest in-house financing, and outside financing.

We want everyone to be able to afford the smile of their dreams, regardless of their financial situation.

Myth #5 Braces can rust.

We provide braces that won’t rust no matter how long they’re in your mouth. All USA made braces on the market today are made to strict regulatory requirements and need to pass stringent tests before consumers can use them.

Can you imagine your braces rusting? How terrifying! Luckily, this is a myth. Your braces will not rust as long as you visit a professional for your orthodontic treatment—like Dr. Dunn or Dr. Schreiber.

Swim to your heart’s content and take all the showers you want! You don’t have to worry about rusty braces.

Need more on the truth about braces?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! We love to hear from you. We’re here to guide you through your treatment process, from your very first visit, to your last appointment.

If you’re looking for a top orthodontist in Montgomery, Millbrook or Wetumpka, we’d love to meet you! Request a complimentary exam for you or your child today.

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