I am a second time braces (in my early 30s now) - I had my braces on when I was a teenager, never wore retainer.
Before my current braces treatment, my Teeth were pretty OK as seen in my old pics (the 2 front upper teeth were slightly mis-aligned and I had a slight overbite).
Now I had to move due to a job and changed orthos. He said - the "only thing I can do is to make it straight" - not too pleased with that statement.
I am now strongly considering (due to financial and personal reasons) to stop treatment and had some Qs in this regard.
If I stop trmnt midway, I know relapse will occur. But what is the extent of relapse to expect? Would it be 2-3 times worse than what I was before starting treatment or would it gradually, over 10+ years, move to a TOTALLY different alignment?
Can I ask my current ortho to give me retainers so that whatever I have accomplished in the last 8-9 months stays intact?
I know all of you guys mean extremely well
and would advice to not stop treatment, but, if you could, just for a moment, assume that IF I HAD TO STOP TREATMENT for whatever reason, then
a) what is to be expected in terms of relapse and
b) what can be done to prevent REAL BAD relapse? - like getting retainers for example.
3) Over what time period can we expect relapse to occur
4) And to what extent can I expect it to occur.
These are the 4 questions I need answered in general before thinking about the next step.
Thanks in advance!!!!!