I was watching Chelsea Lately on E (cable channel) late last night and was laughing really hard!!! Then, I felt a pop! and a poke! inside my mouth!
My permanent retainer on the back row of my bottom teeth came off!
It has been cemented into place since I was 17! (Nearly 17 years ago!). I got right up, ran over the bathroom, brushed and flossed!....I haven't felt the back of those teeth w/o the metal in the way since it had been placed there.
I called my sister and a few friends who had braces as a kid too and asked what I should do.
NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM could believe I still had the crazy retainer glued to my teeth for that long! They all laughed at me! (and thankfully not mad at me for bothering them at midnight!)
My orthodontist retired several years ago, so I called one from the phone book and spoke with a doctor after the receptionist chuckled at my story!
The orthodontist told me she couldn't believe I had it on for that long; the average is 2 years... maybe up to 5! It's purpose is to ensure my teeth do not shift after removing the braces. She suggested I see my dentist and have the rest of the cement removed. (I have an appointment this upcoming Tuesday).