Once you start going to the orthodontist, you have to visit them every month or so in order to "check up" your "progress" and cause more discomfort and pain. After 2 to 4 years of brutal hell, the orthodontist lets you go. They take off the braces and any other appliance they placed in your mouth, but then you are cursed with a "Retainer". Most orthodontists will tell you to wear the retainer for the rest of your life so your teeth won't shift. Most don't do that and thus the teeth shift, making all of the aforementioned procedures a waste of time.
The braces were glued onto Samantha's teeth and was given a month before she had to go to the orthodontist again. Samantha went a week with pain due to the braces. Her speech got a tad messed up and the braces pushed her lips a bit forward. Her speech normalized in time for school, but many people started to be shallow about the braces. Time went by and going to the orthodontist became a normal thing for Samantha. Everything was okay until she had to get an appliance. Her speech suffered tremendously and now had a full lisp along with pain and discomfort all over her mouth. Things started getting worse from there.
She wore the appliance for 2 1/2 years and always had her lisp. Many people decided to not be friends with her, talk shit, and having boyfriends was only a dream to her. She contemplated suicide many times and was involved in many fights. She somehow made it to senior year. The braces were taken off just in time for graduation, but was cursed with the retainer. Before starting college, she decided to stop wearing the retainer. Her teeth shifted a bit, but she was happy in the end.