Correlation of pain perception and motivation to seek orthodontic treatment
Introduction: The objective of this study was to explore the impact of motivation to seek orthodontic treatment on perception of pain during treatment.
Material and Methods: It was a cross-sectional study involving 75 patients attending the orthodontic clinic from September to October, 2010. Patients of Pakistani origin, aged 16 years and older and patients receiving fixed orthodontic treatment were included. The data collection instrument was a perception questionnaire consisting of 8 questions covering 2 domains; pain experiences and motivation to seek orthodontic treatment. Pain during different orthodontic procedures was scored using a qualitative pain intensity scale. Motivation to seek orthodontic treatment was assessed by questions concerning how important the patients thought it was to have straight teeth and their willingness to bear pain in order to have an attractive smile. A pain and motivation score was calculated by summing the above assessments.
Results: No statistically significant results were observed for gender dimorphism for pain and motivation. A very weak negative correlation was found between pain and motivation.
- No gender dimorphism for pain and motivation exists