Elle got her braces on two weeks ago. She now has a mouth full of metal and we have a bank account not so full of money :) They are pretty expensive - like, $8,000 expensive, but we know it is worth it to have a smile you can be proud of. I had my braces put on when I was 12 too - my teeth were overcrowded like Elle's but they were also terribly buck; the result of sucking my thumb til the age of seven. Even though I didn't want braces I'm so glad mum and dad made the sacrifice to get them for me. I can't imagine what I'd like look now if I still had those bugs bunny teeth!
She had a fair amount of pain 4 weeks ago when she had four teeth removed in order to open up some room for the crowded teeth to move into. And the first two days of having braces was pretty painful too - a feeling I remember well. But she is doing great now so that is good. Two weeks down, 2 years to go.