As with all things innovative and paradigmshifting, it began with these fabled two words: “What if?” Words that Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, an aesthetic dentist and visionary product inventor—he holds 23 patents with five pending in oral care—has been saying throughout his 30-year dental career. With a mission to revolutionize oral care and dental aesthetics, merging beauty with function and design, Dr. Levine asked, “What if we combined all of the positive factors of whitening, eliminated all of the compromises that caused sensitivity, and synergized a dual-whitening experience for our patients?”
With the invention of GLO (Guided Light Optics) technology, Dr. Levine’s “what if” was answered. Working with his team of dental professionals, engineers, and product developers, he created the GLO Science Professional Teeth Whitening System, combining light and heat in a patented, closedsystem mouthpiece. The GLO mouthpiece technology is used with specially formulated hydrogen peroxide whitening gel that is applied directly to the teeth using a dual-barrel syringe in the dental practice or a patented, hermetically sealed GLO Vial at home. This dual-whitening experience (in-office plus take-home) optimizes contact time without prolonged exposure, resulting in shorter treatment times, better results, and no pain. It eliminates the large, harmful lights that cause sensitivity, dehydration, and zingers as well as the messy trays that spread whitening gel all over soft tissue and bathe the roots of the teeth for hours at a time.
Reflecting on his optimized teeth-whitening innovation, Dr. Levine notes how perfectly it supports GLO Science’s mission — “to make more people smile… the power of the smile is its ability to transfer good feelings to someone else. GLO products and treatments represent innovation for everyone that makes it easy to have a healthy, beautiful smile,” he said.
GLO: A BREAKTHROUGH IN TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN
When used with 24% or 30% hydrogen peroxide whitening gel syringes in the office or 10% GLO Vial whitening gels at home (Figure 1), the universally sized GLO Science Professional Teeth Whitening Mouthpiece (Figure 2) illuminates with a brilliant blue light as it gently warms to the optimal temperature for whitening. The heat accelerates the whitening gel against the tooth surface, trapping the whitening oxygens and resulting in faster, more efficient, and longer-lasting whitening. It is clinically tested and has been shown to whiten teeth up to 12 shades in 32 minutes in the office or over the course of five days when used at home—all without sensitivity. All of this, combined with an elegant, sleek design that make GLO fun and easy to use.
#1: HOW GLO USES LIGHT AND HEAT
During other in-office whitening procedures, light and heat reside outside of the mouth, requiring exceedingly high temperatures and resulting in oxygen ions escaping off the surface of the tooth. GLO Science puts the light and optimal warming heat inside the mouth and uses the sealed environment created by the mouthpiece to maximize the efficacy of the whitening gel, preventing dehydration and sensitivity. The controlled warming heat inside the mouthpiece accelerates the formation of highly reactive oxygen ions. This prevents the whitening oxygens from escaping into the atmosphere (Figure 3). Instead, they bombard the surface of the tooth, resulting in shorter but more effective wear times without painful, sensitivity-induced zingers. Because the warming heat is modulated to the optimal temperature, it prevents the pulpal response that happens with other professional whitening lights. The gentle heat is soothing,allowing patients to whiten in comfort.