wow this thread sure did blossom while I was gone haha....
I can't remember everything I wanted to say now
I'm a single mum too and im going through a dental school. I have 5th year students working on me with supervisers. Its costing $2800 full treatment. Payment plan as well over about 12mths.
I havn't had too much pain other then the first 2 weeks of intially getting them on and when the dentist was changing everything it's definitely worth it tho. If you need them I think anyone should get them. If you can. It's better late then never :-)