i had braces for two years before finally getting them off last november.
i can't really say that i hated how they feel, because after the first few months i didn't even notice they were there. what i can say that i didn't like how they looked when i smiled for school pictures. ugh. i am soo happy i don't have em any more.
but, for those of you who have them or are getting them, don't sweat. its all worth it in the wrong run.