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History of 3M Unitek Monrovia

3M Unitek was founded in 1948 with the introduction of the first stainless steel bracket, manufactured by a hand full of orthodontics from a garage in Pasadena. Unitek was named after the “Universal Bracket Technique.” The company has been acquired twice: by Bristol-Meyers in 1978 and by 3M in 1987.

When 3M acquired Unitek Orthodontics in 1987, it was a leader in the orthodontic supplies market. Since that time, 3M Unitek has functioned as a wholly owned subsidiary marketing directly to orthodontists. 3M Unitek has advanced the state-of-the-art in a variety of segments including ceramic esthetic brackets, shape-memory alloy-based arch wires and a unique, patented adhesive which is pre-applied to the base of the brackets. Milestones of product development for 3M Unitek:

  • 1950 – Seamless Bands
  • 1967 – AlastiK™ Ligatures
  • 1977 – Nitinol Wire
  • 1981 – Dyna-Lock™ Brackets
  • 1983 – Traction Release™ Headgear
  • 1985 – Uni-Twin™ Brackets
  • 1987 – Transcend™ Brackets
  • 1988 – Transbond™ Adhesive
  • 1991 – APC™ Adhesive System
  • 1995 – Victory Series™ Brackets
  • 1996 – Clarity™ Ceramic Brackets
  • 1997 – MBT™ Appliance System
  • 1999 – Transbond™ MIP Primer
  • 2000 – Transbond™ Plus Adhesive
  • 2001 – APC™ II Adhesive System
  • 2002 – Victory Series™ Low Profile Brackets
  • 2003 – Ortholux™ LED Curing Light
  • 2004 – APC™ PLUS Adhesive Coated Appliance System
  • 2004 – SmartClip™ Self-Ligating Appliance System
  • 2007 – Clarity™ SL Appliance System
  • 2007 – 3M acquired Abzil and LingualCare

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