I completely agree with you about doing this when you get older.
Its been a horror story for me as well .
One that just keeps getting worse & worse!
I was 36yrs old when I started.
I just got them off ( by my request) last week.
I am 42 yrs old now.
No one monitored my teeth during treatment.
No one listened to my complaints ( I was told it was normal ailments).
$10000s of dollar later and yrs of feeling like a freak, I'm left with decayed teeth under the bands and root asorption.
2 molars extracted that are left with just gaps, but they tell me I can have an implant made at my expense ( & no these were both healthy teeth!)
And I too can barely eat because of gaps and bad bite.
Sooooo dont do it!
At least before I could eat a piece of chicken to the bone, now I have to cut it up in little pieces and still nearly strangle!