Proven 3M technologies. Superior performance.
Powered by 3M science, APC Flash-Free Adhesive leverages several of the highly advanced 3M Technology Platforms such as nanotechnology, adhesives and nonwoven materials. The result is a revolutionary way to bond orthodontic appliances that eliminates the many challenges of bonding with flash.
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The difference is the fibres

Minimal bracket drift occurs after initial placement because of the adhesive bond provided by nonwoven materials. A web of micron–sized polypropylene fibers provide the necessary thickness and loft needed for a reliable bond.*

Reliable bonding without flash removal

Orthodontic appliances bonded using APC Flash-Free Adhesive have reliable bond strength that’s comparable to 3M Transbond™ XT Adhesive and 3M APC™ II Adhesive* while eliminating challenging and time-consuming flash removal.

A smooth, even, hygienic seal

The pre-coated resin forms a smooth meniscus around the bracket base. This creates an even seal and protects the enamel under the surface of the bracket from acid erosion caused by microleakage.

Revolutionize your bonding with 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive.

Bonding is undergoing a revolution. And while the current system of adding adhesive to a bracket works fine, the 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System works even better-and faster. The system’s next generation, resin-soaked nonwoven mats adhere to the enamel for a more reliable bond that also eliminates the process of flash removal. And with individually sealed technology to prevent cross-contamination, you can assure peace of mind for your patients.


Adhesion. Only where you need it.

Traditional paste adhesives require flash cleanup which can leave uneven adhesive clumps around the edges of brackets, allowing a surface area for food particles to accumulate or plaque to form. Our 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.

Adhesion APC Flash Free Smooth Miniscus Adhesion Traditional Adhesive Uneven

3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive (pictured left) vs. traditional adhesive (pictured right).


Watch. Learn. Succeed.

As with any revolutionary technology, there is a lot to learn about the 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System. Check out these videos and discover how this innovative bonding system can fit into your practice.


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    How it works

    Get a deeper look into 3M technologies used in 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System.

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    Learn how 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive revolutionizes orthodontic bonding.

  • Technical Guide

    If you want all the technical details, we’ve assembled them here.


You have challenges. Luckily, we have solutions.
  • Your challenge

    For you and your staff, bonding and debonding are time and labor-intensive processes
  • Our solution

    Flash-free adhesive coated brackets have a smooth, consistent adhesive base that protects the tooth under the bracket. By eliminating flash, you eliminate potential errors in flash clean up.

“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

  • Your challenge

    Because it requires 11 steps, traditional bonding systems inject lots of variability into the bonding process leading to unacceptably high failure rates.

  • Our solution

    APC Flash-Free Adhesive has only 5 bonding steps and with that reduction in variability you can achieve an overall average bracket bond failure rate of less than 2 percent.*


“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

  • Your challenge

    Excess flash can cause problems with bacteria and plaque accumulation. And cleaning away excess flash is time consuming.

  • Our solution

    Flash-free adhesive coated brackets have a smooth, consistent adhesive base that protects the tooth under the bracket. By eliminating flash, you eliminate everything that can go wrong during clean up.


“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

Revolutionize your bonding experience.

Explore our featured brackets available precoated with 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive and our comprehensive product portfolio. It's time to leave flash behind.


Resources.
  • 3M APC Flash-Free Brochure icon
    Brochure.

    Learn more about the most efficient bonding system in orthodontics.

  • 3M APC Flash-Free Bonding Protocol icon
    Bonding Protocol.

    Learn the 6 easy steps for direct bonding with 3M™ solutions.


  • Direct Bonding Webinar laptop
    Direct Bonding Techniques

    Identify the impact of bond failures and solutions to aid in reducing the failure rate in your practice.

  • Efficiencies in direct bonding video laptop
    Efficiencies in Direct Bonding.

    Learn the key elements that Dr. Ben Gregg incorporates in his bonding protocol for consistency and reliability.

  • APC Flash-Free Webinar icon
    3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive: The Game-Changer In Orthodontic Bonding.

    Review the science behind the technology and how to propel practice efficiency and patient experience.


Protect your patients’ smiles.

Patients are more concerned than ever about their health. Individually sealed 3M orthodontic solutions were designed to inspire confidence in your practice.

  • 3M APC Flash-Free individual package
    3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive System

    Individually sealed to prevent cross-contamination and designed to eliminate the time-consuming process of removing excess adhesive or flash.

  • Available in single-use foil packs with pre-measured etchant and light-cure primer, enough to etch and prime one arch, to be used with a disposable applicator.

  • Stainless steel construction is easy to clean and disinfect after every appointment, while curing fast and reducing chair time.

  • Also available in single-use packaging, individually sealed until your patient’s appointment.

  • *3M data on file.
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