holy flashback, batman. ugh. i had to wear braces from grade six through grade nine. misery. and they put them on in stages too. like, i just had the front six (as similarly illustrated below) at first and then they did the whole top and then added in the bottom. blech. but, i did get wonderfully straight teeth out of it and that i am grateful for.
now these are just photoshopped braces (spelling out my name, of course) but can you imagine if i was so hard core that i actually got a grill spelling out my name? dude. :)