That’s a pretty fair summation of the problem, for my particular case.
Unfortunately, as described previously described (extensively), for me this isn’t a subjective aesthetic preference, it’s closer to an accessibility issue. The closest analog I could think of is if someone decided to take the Red/Blue Function thought experiment and implement it with red and green, then told everyone with red/green colorblindness that, if they’d just try it a bit more, they’d get used to it.
I don’t know how common my difficulty parsing this syntax is in the general community. I doubt it’s really common, but I also have no reason to think I’m unique. So until the tooling is in place to work past the readability issue, optional braces act as a gatekeeper for the rest of the functionality (at least in my case), and I cannot recommend upgrading.