A debracketing instrument (3M Unitek 444-761) or old ligature cutters are used to remove metal brackets (Fig. 11.3). When using the debracketing instrument, if the archwires are held in place with tie wires, the brackets can be detached from the tooth surfaces without first taking out the archwires. The archwire may then be removed with the brackets attached to it (Fig. 11.4), avoiding the possibility of loose brackets in the mouth. When using old ligature cutters, archwires may be removed with the brackets attached if tie wires or elastomeric modules are in place.
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