QUOTE(pinkomlette @ Jun 21 2006, 12:01 AM)
im about to get my braces off this coming december, and i've got a few questions...
does it hurt when taking the braces off?
and do retainers make you sound funny when you speak?
No, it doesn't hurt when your braces get taken off. They get some hot air thing and they melt the glue from the brackets and just pull it off, you won't feel a thing. And yes, you'll sound funny while you wear your retainers when you talk, you'll have trouble saying some letters, but it's no big deal lol.
I got my braces taken off a year ago, and I wear my retainers nearly every night because I've heard of some friends who's teeth shifted for not wearing retainers. So, I don't want that to happen to me lol.
And to whoever asked about what retainers were, they're things to put into you're mouth after you get your braces off to keep them from shifting back to their original state. It's not something you have to wear 24/7 though, at first I had to wear mine at least 12 hours a day and a few months later it was down to 6 hours a day.. and then eventually my orthodontist just told me to wear it at least 3 times a week, but I still wear it more often than that just incase lol.