So, I contemplated the idea of getting braces and just being done with it... but decided that it'd have to wait until next calendar year because I missed my FSA window and didn't plan for paying for braces... and I explain this to the orthodontist... but that I'm willing to do braces if that's what it takes.. I just can't pay for it now.
...so the financing lady comes over and invites me to her office...
Lady: "So I hear we're going to switch you to braces..."
Me: "Yeah... but ONLY if it's not too much, because otherwise we might need to switch it to next year."
Lady: "Well... Merry Christmas... Dr. Lam is going to give you braces for free. Congratulations"
Me: "[insert squeals of happiness here]"
So... yeah... I've got braces for 3 months. It's like being in junior high again.
...only this time I'm cool enough to not care about whether or not they make me cool. :)