So we got her braces.
And now they're off! All the pain, and all the money was a small price to pay for that beautiful smile! :) She loves her teeth so much now, and she loves that no one makes fun of her anymore. (Aren't kids rude!)
We celebrated by going out to her favorite restaurant. They gave her a balloon with a package of all the goodies she couldn't eat with her braces on. She could possibly need braces a little later when all of her adult teeth come in, but she's wearing her retainer nightly, and she has a permanent retainer on her bottom teeth holding them in place. So our wallet is crossing its fingers we don't need them again!