Braces werent as bad as i thoughht they were going to be. My two older sisters had them and told me that they didnt like them at all, so i was really scared to get mine but to me it wasnt that bad. They werent very painful and rubber bands werent as bad as i thought they would be, either. Im really glad i got them because now i love my smile so much more, when before i didnt like to smile that much. Its such a relief now that i have them off, though.