One glove is plenty in most situations!
I’m talking about new patient exams, regular active appointments, appliance checks, retainer checks and the like. For those appointments, there is rarely a need to glove up, sit down, recline the patient, pick up a mirror, probe around and on and on. In these straightforward appointments where compliance and hygiene are good, all we need to do to is look at the patient and verify that all is well and things are progressing as we think they should. If I’m bonding, debonding, detailing wires or doing something similarly complicated then, yes, I’ll sit down and have a proper look and put on two gloves to do the work. I look at every single patient that walks in the door every single time but it doesn’t take a hazmat suit and 10 minutes to do so for most of the routine appointments that comprise an orthodontic patient day.
Why does this matter?
It matters because you, doctor, are the bottleneck in your practice and you don’t have time to waste. If you can save 2 minutes on 80% of 100 patients a day that’s an additional 2 hours and 40 minutes of doctor time you can harness to stay on time, render excellent care and deliver great service. I know it’s not how your professors told you things should be done but try it for yourself and see how much better things are and how much better your back feels after a big day!