The aim of this study was to investigate in how far the way the specimen is fixed to the testing device influences the microtensile bond strength of adhesives to dentin. Compared to a flat jig, a notched jig enables the specimen to be aligned easier and more accurately perpendicular to the interface, thereby concentrating better the tensile stress at the actual interface. A notched jig yielded a significantly higher bond strength and the graphs showed more uniform fracture curves. On the other hand, fixation of the specimen at their top and bottom guarantees a perfect perpendicular fixation to the interface, following the specimen's length-axis. The stress-time graphs revealed a completely different stress-distribution pattern. A failure closer to the dentin-composite interface was more often seen and the coefficient of variance was the lowest. Therefore, this completely newly designed top-bottom set-up produced the most reliable bond strength data.