Hi there, we are bracing our young teen (13), who is about to start high school. Medically we are watching closely and have our first X-ray this week after 4months in brace. However I am almost as worried about mental anguish...she is athletic, smart, beautiful...but can't see it with this brace on. Her self image and esteem is shot. She would rather have surgery she says....no, she doesn't! She's only 27*, s-curve and 20*. Are there any other parents out there or young adults who,have been through this...at this stage? I'm hoping to hear from someone where bracing worked ... I desperately need positive hope.