The current system of adding adhesive to a bracket works fine, but the 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System works even better—and faster. The system’s next generation, resin-soaked non-woven mats adhere to the enamel for a more reliable orthodontic bond with no need for flash removal.
Reduce bonding time with fewer overall bonding steps than traditional light-cure adhesive systems.*
The average bond failure rate is 60% lower than the industry average labial bond failure rate within 90 days of bonding.
A smooth meniscus forms to seal the tooth surface around the edges of the bracket.*
Early users reduced the time required for bracket placement, positioning, and clean-up vs. other bonding systems by 40%.**
Traditional paste adhesives can leave uneven adhesive clumps around the edges of brackets. Removing the excess is exhausting and ridden with issues. If not cleared away properly, adhesive flash can cause bacteria to accumulate. If too much is cleared, it can create voids under the bracket where plaque can accumulate.
3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive forms a smooth meniscus when the adhesive-coated bracket is seated, which seals the tooth surface around the edges of the bracket and protects the tooth underneath.
3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive (pictured left) vs. traditional adhesive (pictured right)
“As any orthodontist knows, chair time is king. We were able to see more patients per day and remove those painstakingly long bonding appointments from our schedule.”
— Kirk R. Davies, DDS, MS
“Less bond failures means you’re not filling up your schedule with fixing broken brackets. When you commit to using quality products, it trickles down into everything that happens in your office in a positive fashion.”
— Dr. Robert Mortimer
“Cleaning up the flash is the exhausting part of the placement. It uses your fine motor skills, constant concentration and visual focus. Cleaning flash wears you down.”
— Kirk R. Davies, DDS, MS
Advanced technology platforms – including nanotechnology, adhesives, and nonwoven materials – combine to deliver the innovative design of 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive.
3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive is made of a web of micron-sized polypropylene fibres. This structure provides the necessary thickness and loft needed for a reliable bond, with minimal bracket drift after placement.*
3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive provides bond strength comparable to 3M™ Transbond™ XT Adhesive and 3M™ APC™ II Adhesive,* but without adhesive flash.
When compressed on the tooth, the pre-coated resin forms a smooth meniscus around the bracket base. This creates an even seal to protect the enamel under the surface of the bracket from acid erosion caused by microleakage.
3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive is available on five appliance choices for complete 7x7 bonding, and is compatible with both metal and ceramic brackets. Explore all of the precoated bracket options, and other complementary orthodontic solutions.