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How the Glo Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device works

September 6, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 12 Comments

The other day I got a phone call from Dr Jonathan Levine, inventor of the Glo Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device. I had just written about this new teeth whitening device that uses light and heat saying that I wasn’t convinced that it would work. Dr Levine called to explain what was different about his Glo Brilliant technology, and I have to say that I now see the light. Well, at least in theory, I get how this may work.

Dr Levine, a crown and bridge specialist who lectures at NYU, was originally behind Go Smile, a teeth whitening gel that is rubbed against the teeth and a product that I have used on and off for years. Recently, he had one of those ah-ha! moments when thinking about teeth whitening and LED lights and how the process could be both more effective and less painful.

Light and heat has been used to whiten teeth for some now. The procedure takes place at the dentist and usually over the course of four 20-minute applications. Typically, the light is outside of the mouth and with the patient’s mouth open, much of the bleaching gel on the teeth is simply evaporating. Because the active ingredient is prone to disappear from the mouth into the atmosphere, patients require high concentrations – causing sensitivity, if not pain – and multiple sessions. Dr Levine’s ah-ha! moment was the thought that if a closed environment could be created, with the light inside the mouth, then the bleaching agent would not evaporate and a less painful amount could be used.

The Glo Brilliant system uses a mouthpiece that is like the traditional whitening trays – except that they use LED lights and heat resistors. The gel is applied to the teeth (reminiscent of his original Go Smile idea) rather than in the tray, so that it doesn’t get on the gums. Sessions are only eight minutes (rather than 20) and with a 6% concentration of the bleaching agent (compared to 18% at the dentist), it remains below the pain threshold. Because the device is designed to be used at home, it can be used multiple days in a row.

Dr Levine has conducted two clinical trials and he says that up to five shade changes can be achieved, and head to head against the Zoom teeth whitener Glo Brilliant has the same efficacy.

I am much more convinced by Glo Brilliant after hearing Dr Levine’s explanation. But the proof of course is in the using. Dr Levine kindly offered to send me a device to try out. I’ll report back on how it works out in a few weeks.

  • June 4, 2018

    by Nicolas_DDS

    My question is for the colleagues who perform Zoom whitening treatment. Has anybody heard about the possibility to save on Zoom whitening by buying a special chip from which is simply inserted into a standard light guide for Zoom machine and makes it unlimited? I've heard that many doctors started using different whitening kits with Zoom whitening and it reduced the cost per procedure. What do you think about this?

  • April 10, 2013

    by Triplets

    I did my first treatment tonight and my teeth
    are whiter already. Hard to believe. I have had the kit for a few months but I thought I got it on QVC, but maybe it was HSN.

  • November 5, 2012

    by Maria

    Sephora is selling the kits for $199. I don't know if this is going to be the regular price or just reduced for the holidays. You can gett this both online and in the stores. I started 3 days ago and my teeth are much whiter; this really works!

  • May 23, 2012

    by Glo Teeth Whitening

    Hi debbie, thank you for your suggestion. I find out this, and actually i trying it. And it's working successfully.

  • November 2, 2011

    by Debbie

    I find it strange that they didn't sent the product for you to try. I too saw it on HSN, but won't buy without you actually trying it.

  • November 2, 2011

    by Junko

    Dr. Levine should of sent one as I saw this on HSN last nite for $300. I'd of considered it if Marta had been able to give it a positive review. As it stands, I wasn't willing to spend $300 on a gadget that I wasn't really sure would work or not!

  • November 2, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Mindy, No I haven't tried it. They offered to send me a tester, but I have never received anything.

  • November 2, 2011

    by Mindy

    Have you tried the product yet? I'm worried about enamel damage for a condition known as malformed enamel.

  • July 14, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Gail, no I haven't - they were going to send one for me to try but I have not received anything.

  • July 14, 2011

    by Gail

    Hi Marta~ have you tried this yet ?? want to know how it works out for you

  • June 7, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Jaysie, I think that the point is that it prevents evaporation and that in turn means a lower concentration is needed - hence it is less painful and it allows more frequent, multiple sessions. Theoretically - I stress that I haven't tried it yet.

  • June 6, 2011

    by Jaysie

    Marta - Does the combination of heat and light do anything other than shorten the application time?

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