Preston got his braces off yesterday. He wanted to keep them on because he didn't want to get a retainer. Can't blame him. I'd take braces over a retainer any day. The retainers of today are totally different from when I had mine forever ago. Now they are just clear plastic and look a bit like mouth guards the boys wear in football. Personally, I don't like the look of them. Can't understand a word he's saying with it in either!