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    For Everyone Who Still Has A Permanent Retainer Chilling In Their Mouth

    Am I gonna die with this on... or?

    The time was the early to middle '00s. Braces were everywhere, kissing was dangerous, and corn on the cob was facing dark times ahead.

    Most of us suffered through some sort of dental torture knowing that someday, we would come out on the other side braces- and retainer-free.

    But when we finally got to that moment...our orthodontists decided to throw us a major curveball and stuck a metal bar in our mouth and called it a "permanent retainer."

    Ummm, what the hell? This isn't exactly what we signed up for.

    Look, we get it. Perfect teeth don't just stay perfect. But what the hell is this bar in our mouth doing????

    Why do you insist on putting some sort of random metal bar in our mouth when we've already suffered through braces?!

    And what exactly is the timeline for this metal bar in our mouth???

    Are we going to keep this on into our forties???

    Is it going to be in our body when we die or until it breaks off after eating a caramel apple and we swallow it AND THEN die???

    So hey, orthodontists, what the hell are we doing with this thing in our mouth?

    It's time for answers.