Yes, quite some story isn't it. I wouldn't believe this can happen if I read it on
the net somewhere. But I experienced it myself, so I guess it can happen ...
On page 1, you can see I was having Essix retainers, and then a Hawley. They
only were there to prevent relapse of the front teeth. All the back teeth were
free. This happened between stopping the treatment of ortho 2 and before a
new one started. This resting period was intended to last 6 months, but ended
up taking 9 months. So, to answer your question, I was already 9 months
without braces. My third ortho was so convinced that my open bite would get
better. I was sure it wouldn't. Simply because 3 roots of molars prevent that
molars intrude when you bite down. If this wouldn't happen, everyone would
have completely intruded molars after some decades. So, no, it didn't help at
all. Even worse, during that time I did lose what was gained using elastics to
extrude my front teeth, and my bite opened even more. It is a pity for me
that nature alone will not correct this.
Was the reason for your openbite the class II elastics?
Very good question. It took me a lot of time to finally have an orthodontist
telling me the very same thing. You may know the curve of spee. Mine is gone
now in the lower jaw. This explains part of it. The rest happened because my
upper arch is canted totally, front almost ok, back way too low. And all teeth are
involved. This is because all the elastics I had to make an occlusion. Mainly done
by my first ortho. By doing so, she extruded all my back upper teeth (premolars
and molars). I now know that it is a lot easier to extrude than to intrude.