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T1 Braces

What are T1 Braces®?

T1 Braces were designed by our founder, Dr. James TenBrook, while studying at Harvard University. Our patented T1 Braces were developed based on significant bone physiology and tooth movement principles.

When compared to traditional braces and aligners, T1 Braces provide:

  • lower forces
  • less pain and discomfort
  • fewer tooth extractions
  • faster outcomes
  • fewer appointments
  • one to two-year treatment plans

The smaller forces offered by T1 Braces deliver lower forces, providing optimal, healthy tooth movement. This leads to fewer tooth extractions, wider smiles, fewer appointments, and shorter treatment times.

How long has your T1 Braces technology been around? 

Our T1 Braces technology was patented in 2008. Over 25,000 patients have been treated with T1 Braces since then. T1 Braces have been sold all over the world, including in Mexico, Poland, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Brazil, India, and Australia.

Why were T1 Braces designed?

Dr. TenBrook developed the TenBrook T1 Self-ligating System to improve the patient experience. The T1 bracket is designed to reduce friction and optimize archwire performance. Using T1, we can now move teeth with about 1/4 of the force of traditional braces, which research shows is healthier for tooth movement. 

Our patients benefit from T1 Braces, since they allow us to move teeth with little to no pain. Additionally, we can align teeth in about 2-3 months and treat many patients with malocclusions in about one year. Another T1 advantage is that we can treat our patients with fewer visitors to the orthodontist (10 on average).

Where are T1 Braces made?

T1 braces are made from the highest quality materials in the USA. We are quality-driven and proud to support American manufacturing. TenBrook Braces use the most advanced technology including Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) archwires.

How fast does it take to see changes with T1 Braces? 

The T1 system optimally stimulates tooth movement with low force and low friction. Patients have reported seeing results within 1-2 days, according to Dr. TenBrook. No other orthodontic technology can move teeth faster or more gently.

How do teeth move with T1 Braces?

Our patented T1 brackets and light wires guide your teeth into their ideal position and create your mouth's perfect arch. Your lips, cheeks, and tongue are guided to the ideal form for a fantastic smile. A perfect look is balanced for your face and no one else's. It is customized, it's your smile, and it's you. TenBrook helps you to get your best smile.

Will braces make my face look different?

Braces can change the appearance of your face. Therefore, it's crucial is that your doctor diagnoses your situation correctly. A diagnosis should include tooth size and crowding, and whether or not to extract your teeth. These decisions will ultimately forecast how your teeth align in your smile arch on your face, which will affect facial proportions and lip support.

TenBrook Orthodontics has expertise in facial aesthetics. Our highly-skilled orthodontists are proficient at creating beautiful, wide smiles through customized treatment plans that will give you the best smile for your face, bone structure, and proportions.

Can braces improve my jawline?

Through a proper diagnosis and our T1 self-ligating braces, our orthodontists can enhance your facial features, including lip support and jawline.

What benefits do traditional metal braces offer over newer treatments, and what are their drawbacks? 

Metal braces with "tie wings" are quickly becoming obsolete. Drawbacks include longer treatment times and higher forces on the teeth, which can be painful. With newer treatment technologies, like self-ligating braces, the orthodontist can move teeth with less force, which is healthier and leads to faster tooth movement.

Are metal braces still popular, or are self-litigating, clear ceramic, and Invisalign treatments taking a bite out of them? 

Metal Braces are still very popular, but esthetic braces and similar systems are catching on. These options are more popular with adults who want a less visible option. Self-ligation technology is the wave of the future for tooth movement, due to the low forces and faster tooth movement. Like T1 Braces, self-ligating braces often cut treatment times in half, allowing the orthodontist to create that beautiful smile in less time.


Am I too old for braces?

Orthodontics today is more health-related than age-related. Some people think they may be too old to fix their smiles. However, we have treated patients as old as 84 and 91 years old, who had excellent home care and achieved their goals of a beautiful smile.

Diagnosis by a qualified orthodontist is essential in determining if orthodontics is right for you. The quality of the braces technology is also crucial for the health of your tooth movement and outcome of your results. We are proud of our Harvard-based treatment approach led by our founder, Dr. James TenBrook, and our TenBrook Orthodontics doctors.

You're never too old or too young to have the perfect smile you deserve!

Do you find that different age groups choose specific treatment types? 

Most kids love colors! Many of our adolescents opt for vibrant pinks and coral blues for our Candy Braces to show off their grins! It's somewhat of a status symbol to have braces and show them off at school! Many adult patients seek out more cosmetic alternatives, like our nearly invisible T-Clear Minis and Invisalign aligners.

What are early treatment and RPE?

An early treatment plan can help guide growth and prevent adult teeth from crowding, giving you a beautiful smile and face.

A Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) is a common dental appliance used on growing children. It expands the palate and corrects the bite or a narrow upper arch. It also widens the upper jaw to create space for permanent teeth. An RPE is usually worn for six to nine months to correct the bite.

How can I make my smile wider?

Our high-tech, self-ligating T1 Braces will give you the most pleasing, widest smile and the healthiest tooth movement.

Do I have to get teeth extracted?

Tooth extractions are more common with traditional techniques and traditional braces. However, with advances in orthodontic technology, we can lower force levels and create broader smiles, making room in most crowding cases, so you don't have to extract any teeth.


Do braces hurt?

Pain is a direct result of pressure or force put on the teeth. Our T1 Braces are designed to reduce friction. With lower friction, we can move teeth faster by using less force for most people, well below their pain threshold. Additionally, our archwires are thermally activated to reduce forces even further. 

Dr. TenBrook's patented system results in less friction, less force, less pain, and faster tooth movement. 


Can I get T1 Braces the same day at my free consultation?

Yes, more than 50% of our patients start on the same day!

How long does a consultation take?

Usually, a consultation takes about 15 minutes, or up to half an hour. We need an additional 15 minutes to keep records. Our doctors are always available for your questions, and they will take the time to explain your diagnosis and available treatment options.

Is there a consultation fee?

No. Our initial exams are free of charge. We will make sure you have enough information to make an informed decision for starting your smile journey.

How soon after my consultation can I get my braces?

We pre-certify and verify all insurance plans, so we know exactly what your insurance will cover for your treatment. This will be explained and presented to you at your initial exam, so you can start braces on the same day if you choose. Our staff will handle all of your insurance billing issues.

Do you provide virtual consultations?

We can evaluate your smile through pictures you send us via SmileSnap on our website. One of our doctors will respond with directions and suggestions for treatment. However, to fully diagnose your case, it's very important that we create complete records, including pictures and x-rays. This will allow an orthodontist to evaluate bone quality and the roots of your teeth, which is vital for tooth movement.

How often are appointments?

Once your braces are on, we will most likely see you once every eight weeks. Due to advances in wire technology, we can activate greater tooth movement over extended periods of time, reducing your number of appointments.

Insurance and Pricing

How much do braces cost?

At TenBrook Orthodontics, you can start as little as $500 down and select a customized payment plan based on your individual budget needs.

TenBrook Orthodontics has teamed up with the nation's leading provider of customizable affordable payment plans, OrthoFi. This allows us to provide you with the most customized and affordable payment options in orthodontics today.

Do you take my insurance?

Insurance is an essential factor in everyone's financial decision to seek orthodontic care. However, it should not be your only consideration. The quality of treatment should also be a major consideration when choosing an orthodontist. 

Did you know that some braces average a year to a year and a half in terms of treatment time, while others span from 2.5 to 4 years? The length of treatment time is also an important consideration.

Dr. James Tenbrook, our founder, has always been committed to the residents of South Jersey in providing the highest quality of orthodontic care for the most reasonable fees. TenBrook Orthodontics' mission is to treat as many people who seek the best in orthodontic care.

Here are all of the insurance carriers we currently accept:

  • Fidelio
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Horizon New Jersey
  • Horizon Dental
  • Teamsters
  • United Concordia
  • Delta Dental 
  • and others

Please call 877-764-5310, and one of our patient care coordinators will be happy to verify your insurance benefits.

We're happy to help patients process and file their insurance claims to maximize benefits. We will work with your insurance to find out what coverage is available.

If you have insurance, we will ask you to pay your estimated portion at the time of treatment.

If you do not have insurance, please contact TenBrook Corporation at 877-764-5310, and one of our new patient coordinators will help you find a plan that fits your budget.

Locations and Doctors 

Where are your office locations? 

TenBrook Orthodontics has offices located throughout Southern New Jersey. From Cherry Hill to Atlantic City and Mullica Hill to Cape May, we have you covered! In fact, many patients travel across bridges from other states, including Philadelphia and Delaware, since many of our offices are within a 20-minute drive.

We have been creating beautiful smiles in South Jersey and the Tri-State area for over 30 years! We welcome you to experience the difference at TenBrook Orthodontics!

Which doctor do you recommend?

All of our doctors are experts and trained in our Harvard-based T1 treatment system. Our founder, Dr. James TenBrook, handpicks our doctors based on their credentials, and he intensively trains with them for 3-6 months before they can begin treating TenBrook patients.

Additionally, our senior assistants train newly hired assistants for 3-6 months before they can work alone with our doctors on our patients.

You can see our doctors' bios and information on our staff page.

Are your doctors board-certified orthodontists?

Yes, all of our doctors are board-certified. Board-certified orthodontists perform orthodontic procedures in every TenBrook Orthodontics location. You can check our doctors' qualifications in their bios.

Annual continuing education events, such as the American Association of Orthodontists meeting (A.A.O.), the Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontists meeting (M.A.S.O.), as well as other top-level orthodontic educational seminars, are a top priority for our doctors in keeping our practice on the cutting edge of the latest updates in technology and orthodontic care.

How do orthodontists differ from general dentists in terms of education, qualifications, and their role in dental health? 

Orthodontists are dentists who specialize in tooth movement, malocclusions (crooked teeth), and dentofacial orthopedics (facial growth and development). Orthodontists are required to receive more education and training, usually through a 3-year residency and Masters Degree Program, in addition to the Doctorate of Dental Medicine Degree. As a result, orthodontists are the most highly trained dental professional for braces and dentofacial development.

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