Introduction: During orthodontic treatment pain is experienced by the patient but here the stimulus is not withdrawn,so the pain and discomfort continues throughout the duration of treatment. Patient’s ability to withstand this constant and continuous pain and discomfort depends a great deal on the emotional quotient of the patient .Aims &Objectives: To record the emotional quotient and assess the relation between emotional intelligence and perception of pain during orthodontic treatment. Also, to find out the relation between emotional intelligence and the patient motivational level for orthodontic treatment. Methodology: The study was designed as a cross sectional prospective research on a sample of 30 participants between 15-25 yrs. The patients were asked to fill the questionnaire the next day of separator placement along with the Visual Analog Scale (VAS). Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire-Short Form (TEIQue-SF)was used. Results: The results showed no significant correlation between EQ and pain when compared in general but was negatively correlated and significant for males when compared separately for males and females.. Conclusion: The findings of the study clearly emphasizes the importance of a patient’s motivation for orthodontic treatment. It also reveals the importance of Emotional Quotient to tolerate the pain experienced during the orthodontic treatment.
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