Do I have a permanent retainer for the rest of my life?!?

I got my braces off today and they sent me home with a permanent retainer. I don't know if permanent means I can't remove it like a normal retainer or if it means I am stuck with it for the rest of my days. I find it really annoying at it feels weird against me tongue and I don't know how much longer I... show more I got my braces off today and they sent me home with a permanent retainer. I don't know if permanent means I can't remove it like a normal retainer or if it means I am stuck with it for the rest of my days. I find it really annoying at it feels weird against me tongue and I don't know how much longer I can stand it! Can someone tell me what it means? Thanks to all legitimate answers! :D
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