Parents should to think first of all in facts.

This last braist study definitely showed the brace effectiveness in order to reach maturity under the surgical range, so chances to end over that range are greater without bracing and doing nothing else.

Probably something as Torso Rotation or shift-side exercises may have the same (or even more) effectiveness than braces and surely are less traumatic solutions, but about braces effectiveness, it could be say there is now a recognize scientist proof.

There is no way yet (as I know) to know if progression would ‘spontaneously’ stop or not, but is now known that if the curve is predetermined to progress, there are good chances to stop it with brace, at least until the end of growth. So if nothing is done, there are important chances to reach maturity over surgical range.

About chances to remain under surgical range until end of life (not only end of growth), there are not yet a recognized study also including (as this braist study did) some phrase as this: ‘No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.’
Nobody said as I know that braces cannot be combined with other non surgical solutions, making it even more effective, that is, reaching maturity with even less degrees.

There is a reason about why some times braces works and sometimes not and it seems that time in brace is not the only one. Flexibility and reduction in brace are probably at least ones of those reasons.

Except The Spinecor (if we see it as a brace), La Brace, Cheneaut and Milwaukee (Am I forgetting someone else?) all current braces are very similar to the most used since thousands of years ago, but it seems that some experimental braces are arising http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...MC3490735/#B38
Also some other braces rediscovering the (‘antigravitatory’) distraction principle seems to be arising.

So what kind of brace should to be used, combined with what other kind of solution or not, reaching or not some conditions before use it (as flexibility) and how, achieving the greater reduction in brace or not.. are surely not all simply but all necessary issues that should to be evaluated in every case.