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No, You Won’t Get Rusty Braces! 5 Myths Debunked

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There are plenty of myths that circulate around braces. People tend to draw conclusions and feel apprehensive about the unknown. It’s only natural! Some braces myths are fun, but others can be wrongfully discouraging for people who are on the fence about braces.

We’re here to spread the truth about braces, so you can be excited to start treatment, not fearful!

Myth #1 Braces can rust.

Our braces are manufactured by American Orthodontics and made in the USA! Our manufacturer creates their products from composite alloys 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. Jewett.

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

Myth #2 You have to wear metal braces to get straight teeth.

Not true! While traditional braces are a great option for anyone, we understand that they’re not for everyone. Everyone has different preferences! That’s why we offer Invisalign® clear aligner treatment and InBrace lingual braces. We also offer clear ceramic braces!

Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, high-quality clear aligners to move your teeth closer to the desired end position with each set. This means you can take out your aligners as you need throughout your orthodontic treatment; they aren’t bonded to your teeth like braces.

We also offer InBrace braces for patients who prefer a truly invisible treatment. These advanced braces are bonded to the back surfaces of your teeth, instead of the front. They’re just as effective as traditional braces, but they’re completely unnoticeable when you smile.

So, no, you don’t need metal braces to get straight teeth! The truth about braces is you have more options than just braces.

Myth #3 Braces are magnetic.

We think you’ll be excited to know that braces aren’t magnetic and they won’t increase your chances of getting struck by lightning in the slightest.

What are braces made of? Braces are made of high-grade metal alloys, which includes metals and nonmetals. Your chances of getting struck by lightning are 1 in 700,000, with or without your orthodontic treatment!

Myth #4 Can your braces get stuck together when you kiss?

This one is a super common braces myth, but good news, 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.

With InBrace braces, the person you kiss may not even realize that you have braces, unless you tell them of course!

Myth #5 Can braces pick up radio signals?

The human body can act as an antenna, but the way radio signals work means that many things have to come together in harmony before you can turn radio waves into sound.

In short, radio waves travel through the human body all day, every day, but without the right equipment to turn them into sound, there’s no way for braces to create strange noises in your head.

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.

The Truth about Braces

These braces myths are just a few of today’s most prevalent—and we’re glad that we got the opportunity to set them straight.

We’ve treated a number of patients with unique treatment plans, and not once have we been asked to untangle braces snagged together because of a kiss, clean up rusty braces, or hear music coming for a person’s braces. Braces myths make for an interesting imaginary situation, but that’s all they are.

Don’t be afraid to get braces! You have absolutely nothing to lose, only confidence to gain.

Still want to know more about the reality of 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 Johnson City, TN, we’d love to meet you! Request a complimentary exam for you or your child today.