I remember having mine out. Take it easy and definitely follow all the cleaning directions they tell you.
I've seen two of my sisters have them out...and my dentist said I still have a couple years left. Good luck!
I'll be praying!
(O, and I suggest eating soft foods the first few days after they're out. I wanted to eat a rack of ribs a few days after I got my teeth pulled... ouch. X( )