GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Kit Review
The GLO Brilliant teeth whitening kit certainly scores top marks on presentation and design from a visual perspective at least. The kit comes in a lovely bag and all the tubes/vials look very professional, perhaps this is necessary for it to be stocked in the likes of Bloomingdale’s and Sephora!
Many teeth whitening kits contain an LED activation device to activate the peroxide – the actual teeth whitening compound – but this kit contains a device that looks like an i-Pad. Very impressive, but who would be looking at you whitening your teeth? You certainly wouldn’t want anyone to see you with it in your mouth!
Add up the cost of the rather cool LED cum heat light and lovely packaging and it is no surprise that this is one of the most expensive teeth whitening kits you can buy. At $199 it is exorbitantly expensive, and while the kit has enough whitening gel to last for 20 treatments, which is only enough for one full teeth whitening (4 x applications on 5 consecutive days) plus 5 months maintenance if you use it as the manufacturer states. That’s not any different to kits that can be purchased for 15% of the price.
What’s included in the kit?
The LED/Heat light has a rechargeable battery that can be plugged into a PC via a USB cable, so it does not need to be replaced and only the teeth whitening gel needs to be replenished. Unfortunately, you need to charge up the LED device before use so cannot get straight to the teeth whitening treatment when you get it home. For a product that looks so good, you want to get started straightaway! Also worth pointing out is while the device fits better than un-moldable mouth trays, the fit is not as good as the hot water molded trays.
The pack contains 10 vials of whitening gel which keep the gel sealed and in perfect condition which is good. However, in practice they are fiddly to use and difficult to get all of the gel out of them. When the replacements cost a staggering $45 for 10 extra vials, any drop left feels like dollars down the drain.
Gel application and the teeth whitening treatment
You need to apply the gel to the teeth with a brush, which seems unnecessary for a kit with a mouth tray. Extra time wasted in the name of technology! The kit says only to apply the gel to the front of the teeth. $200 and only a front of teeth whitening? That’s certainly not good.
What is even more annoying is that you need to apply the gel, use the light for 8 minutes, take it out and repeat the process up to four times. That’s more unnecessary work and intensely irritating, plus you can’t put the device in your pocket as the cable is not long enough.
The gel does burn the gums so it is important to carefully use the lip conditioner supplied in the pack. The gel does stay on the teeth reasonably well, but getting the conditioner evenly applied is a pain.
The GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Effect
Overall, the actual whitening effect – which is the ONLY reason for buying the kit – is not too bad, apparently it can whiten the teeth by 5 shades, 1-3 shades is a more reasonable expectation. Before considering this kit bear in mind for the price you could buy a teeth whitening kit that is just as effective as well as a 16GB i-Pod Nano to keep you entertained during treatments.
Summary of the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Kit
- Professional looking kit
- Whitens the front of the upper and lower teeth simultaneously
- Expensive – The kit costs $199
- Replacement 10 gel vials cost a whopping $45!
- i-Pad style LED an unnecessary expense
- Difficult to get all the gel out of the vials
- Doesn’t whiten the back of the teeth