The time was the early to middle '00s. Braces were everywhere, kissing was dangerous, and corn on the cob was facing dark times ahead. http://@megladon.megan E! 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. @bracesproblems / Via instagram.com 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." https://www.instagram.com/p/BBV0rDAFFM-/?tagged=permanentretainer https://www.instagram.com/p/BHkI0-6jfCS/?tagged=permanentretainer Ummm, what the hell? This isn't exactly what we signed up for. @flirtationship / Via Twitter: @FIirtationship Look, we get it. Perfect teeth don't just stay perfect. But what the hell is this bar in our mouth doing???? @carissa_lynagh / Via instagram.com Why do you insist on putting some sort of random metal bar in our mouth when we've already suffered through braces?! @BrittanyRich1 / Via Twitter: @BrittanyRich1 And what exactly is the timeline for this metal bar in our mouth??? @tacoburrrito / Via Twitter: @tacoburrrito Are we going to keep this on into our forties??? @hr_m15 // 20th Century Fox / Via Twitter: @hr_m15 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??? @godspeeing / Via Twitter: @godspeeing So hey, orthodontists, what the hell are we doing with this thing in our mouth? @dr_cickiewicz / Via instagram.com It's time for answers.