Wishing for a “White Christmas?” I don’t mean the snow, I mean, gleaming, white teeth!
Thanks to the revolutionary new Glo Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device, you can truly have a white Christmas, at least when it comes to your teeth. The Glo Brilliant has been captivating me since I saw it demonstrated at a variety of expos and holiday showcases, and then, also at the Allure Lounge at the Empire Hotel, during Fashion Week. The iPod-like device with mouthpeice that emits a blue light, looked a little daunting, but offered the type of whitening you might expect from a professional treatment in a doctors office. Naturally, I was dying to try it.
Glo Brilliant was created by aesthetic dentist and oral health expert Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, DMD. You can go to the Doctor’s office and get a professional teeth whitening treatment, even from this esteemed doctor, but Dr. Levine created GLO Brilliant to bring teeth whitening (with light technolgy) to his patients and consumers for both teeth whitening, and whitening maintenance, at home. Results are obtained with four, 8 minute treatments per sitting (or 32 minutes) over the course of 3-5 consequtive days, depending upon how white you want your teeth, and how yellow or stained they were in the first place. Clinical studies with GLO™ Whitening demonstrate that consumers have gotten teeth up to seven shades lighter, with an improvement in the shade of teeth in three to five days with little to no sensitivity.
How does this work? You get a GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device and a GLO Brilliant Whitening Mouthpiece, plus 10 single-treatment gel packs (G-vials) and a protective, lightly pepperminty, lip balm (I just used my own balm). The recommended whitening course is 3-5 days in a row (my teeth looked white enough after a few sessions for me to consider stopping, but it depends upon how much of a change you want).
The device is easy to use, and novel, and effective. One of the things that attracted me (besides the cool, blue lights) was that GLO is that it doesn’t make teeth and gums, sensitive. Most every tooth whitening device or product I have tried previously did have negative consequences in terms of sensitivity. And, although you have to keep the mouthpiece in for 8 minutes times four, you can take a rest in the middle to make phone calls or whatever else you have to do with your mouth (like eating or drinking). Amazingly, there was little to no “ikk” factor, with no drooling (as long as you keep your mouth shut, and the gel didn’t have any odor or taste. In addition, the gel applies with an all-in-one, single-treatment, applicator with brush, and the gel stays put on your teeth, so there isn’t any dripping.
When I finally got my hands (or make that, teeth) on a GLO system, I found it super easy to charge and to use. I put the gel packs in the refrigerator, as advised. But I didn’t try the GLO right away. To be honest, I was a bit anxious about it. After all, you are putting a lighted device in your mouth with gel, and who knows how your mouth, gums and teeth will react to it? I worried that it might not work with the one partial veneer I have (it did), and also I have tried gel type whiteners before and experienced a fair amount of “gag” reflex from it (there is none with the GLO gel). The GLO sat there for a day or two, until I had the time and the “courage” to try it. I needn’t have worried. I plugged the mouthpiece into the fully charged GLO, put the gel on my teeth, and inserted the mouthpiece. I pressed the big button in the middle of the GLO and it, plus the mouthpiece, burst into blue light. I might have looked scary in the mirror, but after eight minutes the GLO blinked a few times, then turned itself off. After just one, eight minute treatment, I could see visible proof that some of the stains on my teeth were already gone. By the last eight minute treatment, my teeth looked better.
There appear to be few negatives (other than the price, although at it is still less expensive than professional whitening treatments in a doctors office and a whole lot more convenient). While the machine was operating I couldn’t talk , but since there are four eight minute increments, any phone calls I missed were quickly returned. The time goes very quickly if you are doing something else (I was typing the first part of this review, and forgot that the light had already gone out a few times). The gel was not unpleasant, there was little residue, and the mouthpiece, rinsed clean in seconds. The gel packs were a bit hard to open, and I wasn’t really sure how much to use initially, since I had to get four treatments out of a single vial. The gel will remain effective for 7 days in the refrigerator, but I used all of mine up each time and actually wished I’d had a little more. or smaller, pre=measured vials, so I knew exactly how much I had to work with. The mouthpiece did heat up slightly but not alarmingly, and best of all, my gums weren’t sore, and my teeth didn’t feel sensitive.
By day two, I was really getting into using the GLO. It really is fairly pleasant and I looked forward to seeing how much whiter my teeth would be after another four treatment. They looked progressively better each time. But you have to maintain the look. If you drink coffee or red wine or eat other things that stain your teeth, you will have to re-do.
As you can see from the photos, almost all the yellow on my teeth is gone! In all honesty, it was so effective it was kind of mind blowing! After a few treatments I decided my teeth were white enough. To me, white teeth make you look younger and better, but blindingly white teeth look too unnatural. And if your teeth are naturally yellow or very stained, and you want blindingy white teeth, you are going to have to work at it or go to a professional and get a much more intense whitening treatment. But if you keep your expectations reasonable and your teeth are reasonably normal and intensely stained or yellowed, you will see a difference to a huge difference in just the 3-5 days.
Alas, Glo Brilliant is not inexpensive, but unlike white strips or toothpaste, the results are a lot more lasting and dramatic. And, if you went to a dentist’s office, the cost would be a whole lot more, not to mention the inconvenience. Glo Brilliant is being offered at Sephora and at the Home Shopping Network for $275.00 plus HSN has another set with an additional mouthpiece for $354.00. You can then purchase more Gel Pak sets for $45.00 for maintenance, and/or share the GLO with another person by getting him or her another mouthpiece ($79.00). You can also visit: http://www.gloscience.com and learn more about the device, there. It makes a great gift and is a good investment in your personal appearance–get one now in time for holiday gatherings and “glow”!