My kids all have beautifully straight teeth, so now it's my turn. I did the whole braces for two years, followed by retainer for two years. Of course now they know you have to wear your retainer til the end of time. I have HUGE, horsey teeth. Like when I have a charicature drawn they always give me huge, bucky, bubba teeth. They are a main feature of my face, so when they started getting crooked, it wasn't pretty. I figure I have a window of time before I turn 50 or become a Grandma. So if you notice me talking funny, thath why!