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Glo Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device

Reviewed by Marta October 23, 2012 21 Comments

I couldn’t help but notice that Sephora has been aggressively pushing the Glo Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device. As I could with something to brighten my day, I have been taking a look and found that Glo Brilliant’s equally aggressive price tag of $275 is justified by some extraordinary claims including that this at home teeth whitening device will do a better job than professional cleaning by a dentist. Really? I dread the dentist and I can’t abide strips that fall off, clunky trays and nasty gels and so would love an alternative, but before dropping nearly three hundred bucks and I needed to be convinced that Glo Brilliant would work.

Glo Brilliant is a device that is inserted into the mouth and uses a technology called Guided Light Optics. Other than being told that this is heat and light (so is a toaster), there is no explanation on the Glo website as to what this is. Blue light teeth whitening has in the last year or so become a popular spa treatment. But the last time I looked into light as a teeth whitener, there was strong evidence that it isn’t such a bright idea. Researchers from the Nordic Institution of Dental Materials advised against using light-assisted tooth bleaching on the grounds that it didn’t work and may even have a dark side in that it can damage the eyes. This was in 2005 and a couple of years later a review of all the research on light assisted bleaching concluded that the data was inconclusive.

Of course, it is conceivable that Glo Brilliant has had a technological breakthrough since then. But if they have, they don’t say what and nor are there any references to clinical trials using this device. There doesn’t seem to have been much innovation with the gel that comes with the Glo device, despite costing $45 for 40 applications - it is common and garden hydrogen peroxide.

At this stage, I’m not convinced that Glo Brilliant will give me a dazzling smile. If anyone has used it, I’d love to hear from you.

Ingredients in Glo Brilliant Gel:

Water/Eau (Purifed/ Purifiée), PVP-Hydrogen Peroxide, Glycerin, VP/VA Copolymer, Poloxamer 407, Carbomer, Flavor (Aroma), Etidronic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sucralose, Sodium Stannate.

  • March 26, 2013

    by Adam

    We recently partnered with Glo to offer a reduced price. Same product as Sephora and HSN but for less.

  • November 5, 2012

    by Maria

    I just recently bought the system and it does work. I'm only on the 3rd day and my teeth are signficantly whiter.

  • June 28, 2012

    by Julie

    Susan -
    I have found that I don't need very much gel for each application (as long as I cover all of my teeth with a little bit of the gel) so I can easily get 4 applications out of the vial. I have very sensitive teeth so perhaps I used less gel because I was scared of sensitivity, however I have had none which is great!!!
    Perhaps you need to use more gel per application. Have you been doing 4 8-minute applications each day? Depending on how yellow your teeth are the number of consecutive days you have to use it probably changes (just like it does with any beauty product because we are all different)! Keep using it and I am sure you will get results. If your vials really are only half full I think you should contact glo directly and ask them about it! Happy smiling!

  • May 23, 2012

    by Glo Teeth Whitening

    One month ago i have some problem in my teeth. And then i feel very bother. At last i use this, only five days now i have no any problems. Thank you for your suggestions.

  • May 16, 2012

    by Susan

    I purchased this kit but the gel bottles only are 1/2 full. is it suppose to be that way? I feel like I dont have enough gel for the 2-4 applications. what am I doing wrong.
    My teeth are very yellow and have used for two days now and dont see any difference? Any suggestions.

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