My daughter wore the brace 18 months. Went through 3 of them, all were wildly colored. She did not cover her brace. During the time she wore it she did a lot to educate people about scoliosis.

We took pictures of the braces when she was finished; then threw them out. (She would like to burn her algebra book though). She had reduction in the curves (wore it 23 hours a day) over her bracing time, however, she returned to her prebrace curves + a degree within four months after removing it. She had surgery a year ago to correct the top curve only.

She was very disappointed when they wanted to do surgery, however, we believe the brace kept her from getting extremely bad while she finished growing.