If you're an avid traveler or frequently have to walk through metal detectors for whatever reason you might wonder if your braces are about to make your life more difficult. Our Smiletown orthodontists are here with the answers.
Will Braces Set Off a Metal Detector
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.
Why Don't Braces Set Off Metal Detectors
While it's true that your braces are made of metal, the material is not actually going to interfere with a security 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 Myths About Braces
There are a number of myths associated with metal braces such as the following:
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?
There is no need to cancel your next scuba dive. The small brackets used in modern braces, especially ceramic or tooth-colored brackets, will not attract attention from fish or sea life.
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 our Orthodontists to learn more.