I had braces on and off for like 5-6 years. It's been at least that long since I've had them, so I hardly remember them very much. First I had braces on just my 4 top teeth, and then a little down the road got them all over. Getting my teeth at a decent level took not just braces, but removing a handful of teeth, expanding my upper jaw twice, two different kinds of headgear, and finally, a permanent retainer on my bottom 4 front teeth that I'm not sure if it even needs to be in there anymore... but I can't afford to see a dentist for a teeth cleaning, let alone an orthodontist to see what needs to be done with it.
I'm just glad I didn't have to wear headgear to school. ;___;