Orthodontic treatment motivation and cooperation
Loretoni, Kersden Rose
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The present study followed a modified protocol established by Daniels, Seacat and Inglehart. 1 The aim of this research was to determine the treatment motivation and cooperation in patients prior to starting orthodontic treatment and in patients already involved in orthodontic treatment. This research was carried out at the State University of New York at Buffalo orthodontic clinic. The present study is based on two questionnaires. A questionnaire was designed for patients not yet in orthodontic appliances and a second survey was given to test patients already in orthodontic treatment. A total of 122 patients were surveyed which included 58 current patients and 63 future patients. Results revealed no statistical difference between current and future patients with respect to motivation and cooperation. In general, both groups of patients were motivated mainly by esthetic concerns as opposed to functional concerns. Though not significant, the future patients showed a stronger desire for wanting treatment. Also, both current and future orthodontic patients reported that they would cooperate with most aspects of orthodontic treatment including use of rubberbands, headgear and retainers. When correlating patient motivation with cooperation, statistical significance was not achieved and further study is required.