Welcome to the club (well, almost!),
This forum has been enormously helpful to me. I am 54 years old and got full metal upper and lower braces at the end of October. Be prepared for a bit of a shock the first time you see yourself in them. But you'll adapt to them quickly, I think. I know I did. I hardly even gasp when I look in the mirror anymore
The worst part for me at the beginning was figuring out how to floss my teeth. I'd definitely recommend that you consider buying a waterpic and stock up on some floss threaders. Good luck with your journey and I'll be keeping an eye on your postings!!
_________________Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take,
but by the moments that take your breath away.
-- Maya Angelou
My story here: http://www.archwired.com/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=42752
My blog: http://dvorahstraintracksadventure.blogspot.ca/