However I also remember that after the 2 years, I had wonderful straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Sadly though, as time went on my teeth gradually started to move and now I am self conscious about my smile and have been for a few years now.
I can finally afford to have them rectified. Dental treatment was free first time around and now that I am paying from my pocket I realise how lucky kids in the UK are to have free dental.
Thankfully I don't have to suffer the metal mickey mouth this time as I am going for a Clearstep brace. Clearstep is a virtually invisible and thin gum shield type of brace which over the next 10 months will move my front teeth back to the original alignment.
I will have to wear it 24 hours a day (taking it out to eat and brush my teeth) and it won't be as painful on the gums and cheek as metal braces were (I still have scars where they were cut up the first time!).
So wish me luck and look out for them, if you can't see them - let me know!