3M Unitek Introduces Revolutionary APC Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System

  3M Unitek Introduces Revolutionary APC Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance

 Bonding steps reduced and bonding time reduced up to 40 percent per bracket

Business Wire

MONROVIA, Calif. -- May 1, 2013

3M Unitek today announced its game-changing APC^™ Flash-Free Adhesive Coated
Appliance System, which will be on display May 4 through May 7 during the
American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual 113^th Session in the 3M
Unitek booth #625. The new advanced technology eliminates the flash removal
step in bonding, reducing variability and saving time for orthodontists and

APC Flash-Free Adhesive reduces bonding time by up to 40 percent per bracket^1
by eliminating the flash removal and clean-up step, allowing orthodontists to
move directly from bracket placement to bracket cure. The adhesive
demonstrates excellent tack and workability before light-cure and delivers
extremely reliable bond strength, with a bond failure rate of less than two
percent^2. Accidental bracket movement after positioning is reduced since no
flash clean-up is needed.

“The new APC Flash-Free Adhesive Coated Appliance System is a groundbreaking
technology that improves the patient bonding experience by minimizing time in
chair and drives office efficiency and productivity,” said Armineh
Khachatoorian, global product manager, 3M Unitek. “It’s a terrific addition to
our APC brand family of adhesive products.”

Commitment to Innovation
The design of the APC Flash-Free Adhesive bonding components draw from deep 3M
experience across several technology platforms, from vapor processing,
nonwoven materials and nanotechnology to the company’s unparalleled world
leadership in adhesives. Introduction of the product on the industry leading
Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Brackets delivers on a longstanding commitment to
innovation in orthodontic bonding from 3M Unitek, particularly with regard to
improved control over treatment outcomes and increased patient comfort and

For more information on APC Flash-Free Adhesive, contact your sales
representative or visit www.3MUnitek.com/flashfree.

About 3M Health Care
3M Health Care offers solutions in the medical, oral care, drug delivery, food
safety and health information markets. We have an unparalleled ability to
connect people, insights, science and technology to think beyond today, solve
problems, and make better health possible. Our culture of collaboration
empowers us to discover and deliver practical, proven solutions that enable
our customers to protect and improve the health of people around the
world.Learn more at 3M Health Care.

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.

3M, APC and Clarity are trademarks of 3M.

^1 3M Unitek Data, REF S10659, S10489, March 2013

^2 3M Unitek Customer Evaluation Reports, 42 Doctors, N.
America/Australia/Europe, 1997 brackets bonded, 2012-13


Mary Kokkinen, 651-733-8806
Heather Sheriff, 612-573-3105
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