Let's say I want to type:

Hi, my name is {Mika}

When I use $$ on both sides:

$$ Hi, my name is {Mika} $$

It would be italicize and the brackets {} would go away. How can I prevent that?

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    $$ <...> $$ is Plain-TeX syntax for display math mode (hence the italics). What are you trying to achieve with $$? – Paul Gessler Feb 16 '15 at 7:33
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    Load amsmath and use \[ \text{Hi, my name is \{Mika\}} \]. Do not use $$...$$ in LaTeX. – karlkoeller Feb 16 '15 at 7:33
  • BTW: Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. – karlkoeller Feb 16 '15 at 7:34
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    You can prevent that by not using $$ on both sides ;-) – Harald Feb 16 '15 at 9:45
  • If you wish to italicize text, then using the math mode is absolutely wrong. Just go for \textit{Hi, my name is \{John Doe\}}. – Claudio Fiandrino Feb 16 '15 at 9:45

{ and } are special. You need to escape them to use them properly - \{ and \}. And, for the setting you seem to be attempting, it may be better to use the center environment:

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  Hi, my name is \{John Doe\}

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