Cut Your Bond Failure Rate by 60% with the 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive System!

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    Expect dependable performance in your bonding procedures.

    Enamel protection.
    Flash-free adhesive meniscus protects tooth enamel under the bracket from acid erosion due to microleakage.

    Fewer failures.
    60% fewer bracket bond failures* that can lead to excessive chair time for emergency appointments.

    *JCO bond failure rate – 5% avg. bond failure rate for labial bonding from 2014 report, p. 617.

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    Save time — big time — with APC Flash-Free Adhesive.

    Fewer bonding steps.
    Five steps vs. 11 when compared to traditional light cure bonding processes, when you use APC Flash-Free Adhesive and 3M™ Transbond™ Plus Self Etching Primer.

    Less bonding time.
    40% less bonding time required for bracket placement and cleanup vs. other bonding systems, minimizing patient chair time.

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APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive versus Traditional Adhesive

Witness the revolution in bonding with 3M™ APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System. Experience a faster, more reliable bond with resin-soaked nonwoven mats that eliminate flash removal. Individually sealed for peace of mind.

Frequently Asked Questions        Read more frequently asked questions (PDF, 177 KB)

Do you have any question? Here you can find the most frequently asked questions of APC Flash-Free Adhesive.

  • Is it necessary to clean the excess resin that flows out after seating the bracket?
    No. The excess resin is not considered flash and cleaning excess resin may interfere with proper bonding.

  • How does APC Flash-Free Adhesive debonding compare to other conventional adhesives?
    An in-vitro study showed that APC Flash-Free Adhesive had more consistent and predictable debonding compared to other adhesives in the study. When debonding APC Flash-Free Adhesive, most of the adhesive remained on the tooth and was easier to remove.

  • What is the necessary time to cure the APC Flash-Free Adhesive?
    Ensure all metal appliances coated with APC Flash-Free Adhesive are cured for a minimum of 12 seconds using the 3M™ Ortholux™ Luminous Curing Light.

  • Can APC Flash-Free Adhesive coated brackets be stored in existing Inventory Dispensing System (IDS) units?
    Yes. APC Flash-Free Adhesive coated brackets can be stored in existing IDS drawers and back-up storage units.

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