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.
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 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.
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Because it requires 11 steps, traditional bonding systems inject lots of variability into the bonding process leading to unacceptably high failure rates.
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.*
Excess flash can cause problems with bacteria and plaque accumulation. And cleaning away excess flash is time consuming.
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.
Explore our featured brackets available precoated with APC Flash-Free adhesive and our comprehensive product portfolio. It's time to leave flash behind.
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.
Individually sealed to prevent cross-contamination and designed to eliminate the time-consuming process of removing excess adhesive or flash.