You know the one. It is capable of striking fear into the bravest of parents. We hear about it, but don't think it will happen to us, then all of a sudden, one minute you're at a routine appointment for your teen and one minute later, there is comes... *cue freaky scary music* BRACES! SHRRRRRRIIIIEEEEKKKKKKK!!!!!!! I'm supposed to be pondering the idea before making a decision. It's not that tough though. Should I buy her food or braces? Food. Should she have a roof over her head, or braces? Roof. Should we have ANYTHING to help her out with college, or get her braces? College. What exactly is there to think about?! $6,000 - $10,000 estimate, could reach much higher for issues that may or may not rise. Nobody would ever guess by looking at her. They said it because the two bottom teeth go outward a bit. Which I never really noticed. Now that they said it though, I find myself sneaking peeks at her teeth. Wondering just what kind of horrible parent says no to braces. Imagining that they're just gonna flip on forward one day while she's eating a sandwich and she'll look like she has tusks and be forever scarred and remain cold and alone all her life because people will be afraid of the deformity. I'd hate to think what I'd be going through if the problem was actually able to be seen with the human eye! Maybe this is the reason she's so good at making pouty faces to try to change my mind...maybe the teeth add something to that pout. LOL I think she'll be fine. This was mentioned with another kid when she was really young, surprised me. I didn't do it and a few years later mentioned it to her new dentist and he looked at me like I was crazy and said she had perfect teeth. *sigh* How DOES a person know if the dentist is lying or not?!