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New APC™ Flash-Free
adhesive coated appliance system
A revlution
in bonding technology
A revolution in bonding technology

APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive

A Revolution in Bonding Technology

Once again, 3M Innovation delivers a game-changer in orthodontic bonding – with APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive. Using advanced adhesive technology, APC Flash-Free Adhesive lets you move directly from bracket placement to bracket cure without removing adhesive flash – no clean up!

*Based on feedback received from early users as part of a 3M Unitek study

A new transparent APC adhesive formulation is contained within a form-fitting fiber mat on the base of the bracket. When the APC Flash-Free adhesive coated bracket is placed on the tooth, the adhesive spreads out and conforms to the tooth surface, making uniform and consistent contact with no flash to clean up.

  • Save bonding steps, eliminate bonding variables, and reduce bonding time by up to 40%*
  • Make bonding more convenient for doctors and staff
  • Improve the patient bonding experience by reducing chairtime
  • Bonding process is the same as traditional adhesives…except there is no flash to clean up
  • Demonstrated bond failure rate of less than 2%* for a reliable and predictable bonding experience
  • Strength and cure time comparable to Transbond™ XT and other APC™ Adhesives
  • Excellent tack and workability before light-cure

Only 5 Steps to Bonding Completion!

Now is the time to change from traditional bonding to the ease and efficiency of the APC Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System. With flash-free convenience, bonding can now be even better than you imagined.

Downloadable Files:


APC Flash-Free Doctor Brochure APC Flash-Free Doctor Brochure



  1. a) 3M Unitek Claims DB, "Eliminates the need for adhesive flash clean up", S10497, 16/09/11; b) 3M Unitek Claims DB, "The resin exudes and forms a meniscus around the edges of the bonding base, minimising gaps around the edges of the bonding base and tooth surface", S10499, 15/03/2013
  2. 3M Unitek Claims DB, "Orthodontic appliances bonded using APC™ Flash–Free Adhesive have reliable bond strength, similar to bond with Transbong™ XT Adhesive or APC™ II Adhesive", S10503, 16/09/2013
  3. a) 3M Unitek Claims DB, "Requires fewer overall bonding steps than traditional light&ndahs;cure adhesive systems, reducing bonding time", S10504, 26/04/11; b) 3M unitek Claims DB, "Reduced bonding time and bonding steps lead to a more effcient bonding procedure", S10505, 28/04/11; c) 3M Unitek Claims DB, "The reduced bonding steps can lead to reduced variablility in the bonding process", S10634, 14/03/13; d) 3M Unitek Claims DB, "Feedback from early users has shown a 40% reduction in the time required for bracket placement, positioning and clean–up versus other bonding systems", S10659, 19/03/13


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