It is normally preferable to remove all the orthodontic appliances at one visit. This is most convenient for the patient, and efficient in terms of practice scheduling, because the appliance removal and polishing instruments only have to be laid out on one occasion. Also, it is normally necessary for the orthodontist to retain control of both arches until the completion of tooth movements. Partial debonding can leave certain teeth unretained and subject to unwanted movement.
This appointment should be the high point of the orthodontic treatment for the patient. Scheduling a long morning appointment will allow an unhurried approach to appliance removal. There will be adequate time for discussion and instruction concerning retention, and for the orthodontist and patient to enjoy the moment.
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