I just had my last official orthodontic appointment! I had braces as a teenager but the orthodontist did no follow up care, so when my wisdom teeth came in, they shoved the rest of the teeth out of alignment again. I finally got sick of looking at my overbite and crooked bottom teeth, and did a re-do as an adult. They were on from June 3, 2003 to Oct 1, 2007. Then I've been doing retainers and yearly retainer checks. This morning, my awesome ortho said I can "discontinue" which means that I don't have to go in regularly but can call them at any time if there is a problem. I'm free!
And yes, I'm still going to wear the retainers nightly because I paid too much and went through pain to get straight teeth and I'm not going back!