Approaching 6 years ago, I consulted a cosmetic dentist about replacing two mismatched & crooked caps in the front of my mouth. He said I have a slight underbite, and that if he replaced the caps that are jutting forward with straight caps, they would run into my bottom teeth and cause damage. On his advice, I had braces placed on my lower teeth to slowly push them back and make room for the caps. I had to move a few months after having them placed, and I now question whether I needed them at all. I later met a former dentist who was also a dental school instructor who told me that in 10 years the shearing forces of eating, tongue movement, etc. would push my teeth forward again anyway, and only surgery would correct an adult underbite. Also, the rest of my teeth are straight and they aren't banging into my lower teeth, so why should my caps? This is a pertinent question for me now because it's been 5 1/2 years and I feel I need to get these braces off for oral health and comfort reasons, and I'm afraid that another ortho won't remove the braces if he feels they are medically necessary. These were placed for cosmetic reasons only, my bite is quite functional. Also, any advice as to how to get braces professionally removed with as little hassle as possible would also be appreciated. Thank you for your insights.