I’m 35 and got braces about two years ago. The braces require rubber bands now for some final tweaking. I’m not wearing the rubber bands like I should, so will probably have these puppies on for another 6 months longer than anticipated! Augggh! Silly me. I need to talk to customers, and rubber bands get in the way.
Anyway, the Doctor had a great number of payment plans. I was able to use one that met my needs. I chose an ‘old school’ doctor instead of the newer Doctors in town. I had to have a tooth removed, but some people have to go through worse.
The worst pain I’ve had was the first week with the braces. We started with the uppers. While the periodontal ligament was stretched I thought I was going to die. Fortunately I was able to get Hydrocodone from my regular Dentist. At least that made me forget about the pain for a while. ;-)
Good luck to all!