I have two bonded retainers (upper and lower) and have to wear an upper Hawley 24/7 for 6 months, and both an upper and a lower at night.
I have to say...that maybe it's because I'm THRILLED that the braces are finally gone, that these retainers don't bother me in the slightest. Obviously I'd rather NOT wear the Hawley (to show off my new pretty teeth better), but mine is comfortable and I haven't had the first issue with it.
The bonded retainers were somewhat annoying for about 2 days and then I got used to those too.
Just thought I'd offer a post on retainers (permanent and removable) that isn't so gloomy. I'm sorry people have had bad experiences with theirs, but for anyone reading The Naked Tooth..there IS a chance that you'll be just fine...HAPPY even, to be in retainers.