Are lingual arches compulsory or optional? Can I tell my doctor to remove them?

I just got my braces nd i was not at all prepared for these lingual arches nd they r more torturous than i thought... none of my friends or family who have had braces had those so i dont understand why he used those on me coz none of the indications of the lingual arches that i read online applies on my case..plz help i m in agony for last two days

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