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

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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 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. It’s an idea anyone could think of, but only we could make.


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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 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.

APC Flash Free Traditional Adhesive

APC Flash-Free Adhesive (pictured left) vs. Traditional Adhesive (pictured right).

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You have challenges. Luckily, we have solutions.

  • Challenges Bonding Debonding Time Money
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  • Your challenge

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

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


“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

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  • 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

    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.

  • Challenges Bonding Steps Reduce Failure

“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

  • Challenges Eliminate Flash Removal
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  • Your challenge

    Flash can cause problems with bacteria and plaque accumulation and accidental bracket movement. And clearing away excess flash is exhausting.

  • 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

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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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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.

The difference is the fibers

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.*

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.

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Watch. Learn. Succeed.


As with any revolutionary technology, there’s a lot to learn about the 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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  • 3M APC Flash-Free How it Works

    How it works

    Get a deeper look into 3M technologies used in APC Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System.
  • 3M APC Flash-Free Connect with 3M Expert

    Connect with a 3M expert

    Learn how APC Flash-Free adhesive revolutionizes orthodontic bonding.

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  • 3M APC Flash-Free Technical Guide

    Technical Guide

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


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Revolutionize your bonding experience

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


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Get a personalized introduction to the 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System and receive a special offer. Complete the form, and we will contact you soon to schedule an in-office session.

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Get in touch with us to learn how 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System can help achieve the best outcomes for your patients and your practice. Complete the form and someone from our team of experts will contact you soon.

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