It may seem like both kits are similar—and they are in many ways—but we'll go beyond appearances and get into the details that can make a big difference in teeth whitening success. We'll dive into how the ingredients work together, how each system is used, how easy it is to use at home or on the go, and how consistent results can be from treatment to treatment.
Hydrogen Peroxide vs. Carbamide Peroxide
Teeth whitening systems are incomplete without a safe and effective whitening gel, and both of these systems provide gel with oral technology. What you may not be aware of is that all gels are not the same, and it's important to know what the active ingredients are to make an informed decision.
The whitening gel developed by GLO Science and dental health expert, Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, contains 100% pure hydrogen peroxide. This active whitening ingredient has a long track record of successful use in dental offices, and it's proven safe and effective for teeth whitening. In addition to being an excellent whitener, hydrogen peroxide also contains natural antimicrobial properties beneficial for oral health.
Auraglow uses a completely different gel formula, and this gel contains carbamide peroxide as an active ingredient. This water-soluble compound has many applications, from sanitizing to earwax removal, treatment of ear infections, and even teeth whitening. For some this can be considered a red flag, especially for those concerned about carbamide peroxide side effects on teeth.
What should you be concerned about?
For one thing, hydrogen peroxide has triple the whitening strength of carbamide. A stronger active whitening agent can help you get better results in less time. However, that's not the main reason we think you should be hesitant about Auraglow's gel formula. Carbamide peroxide breaks down into urea and ammonia, which may be caustic. Alternatively, hydrogen peroxide breaks down into clean oxygen and harmless water. The reason why companies use carbamide is because it's easier to store and doesn't require specially designed packaging like patented GLO Vials to make sure it stays active and effective.
Our belief is that teeth whitening gel should be safe to use, and GLO Science's gel formula is sensitivity-free and contains zero carbamide peroxide. This is a key reason why GLO devices and teeth whitening products are preferred by those seeking a gentler, easy teeth whitening experience.
Delivery and Device: GLO vs. Auraglow
A formulated whitening gel needs a way to get onto your teeth. This is called a gel delivery system, and it's another area where the two brands offer something completely different.
GLO Science keeps its gel fresh and ready to use in their patented GLO Vials, an innovative delivery design that allows you, the user, to precisely brush the gel onto your teeth. There is no goopy gel or messy trays to deal with. GLO gel is quick absorbing, so there's no annoying wait for the next step. Being able to keep the gel on your teeth and not your gums, makes sure that the only thing you are whitening is your teeth. This reduces any chance of sensitivity when whitening, and of course makes sure you use just the amount you need.
Auraglow stores its gel inside of syringes. The easy part of using its syringe is pushing the plunger to make gel go into the mouthpiece tray. Due to its tray design, the gel spreads around and when you place the tray into your mouth, all of that gel bathes teeth and gums alike, potentially causing irritation and sensitivity issues. Since it's crucial that the gel remains on teeth for a certain period of time, any discomfort can make you give up on the whitening process before it's complete. If you decide to use Auraglow, just remember to be careful about how much gel you put into your tray so you don't use too much and cause sensitivity on your teeth or gums when whitening.
Below we are going to dive in deeper on the features of each device, application and other factors you should take into consideration while comparing GLO Science and Auraglow.
Does gel consistency really matter?
Yes, it really does. Ideally, you want to use a whitening gel that has a thick enough consistency to stick onto the teeth. GLO gel is nice and thick. You can feel confident that GLO gel has excellent stickiness, and that it will stay put on your teeth where you place it, doing what it is supposed to do there - which is whitening your teeth, and then dissolving away. Auraglow gel is much thinner in consistency than GLO Science gel. Regardless of how much of this gel is put into the tray, it doesn't stick to your teeth as it should, leading to inconsistent teeth coverage. When you accidentally put too much in your tray, you may have spillage and this gel can get everywhere since its much thinner in consistency. This gel may still whiten the teeth but it's no match for GLO Science's superior reliability when it comes to thorough coverage.
Quality of Heat
GLO Science uses LED light with warming accelerated heat technology and Auraglow does not - it uses cool light. So, what's the difference between warm and cool tech? Why does it matter?
The warming heat from GLO's device accelerates the whitening process, reducing the amount of treatment time significantly. Similar to how you would bleach your hair, using heat in that process increases the speed at which your hair is lightened. Alternatively, cool light doesn't include heat or a warming effect, and that means Auraglow's device has zero heat quality to speed up whitening and save you time. This means you would need to have the whitening gel sit on your teeth for longer to receive the same results as GLO Science's device. With whitening gel sitting for longer on your teeth, this increases the chance of sensitivity.
Length of Treatment
Speed may be a factor in choosing one system over another, and this is an area where the GLO system wins with flying colors. With GLO Science, you can see noticeable whitening results with the first use. The recommended treatment time is 5 to 7 days. On average we see customers get 5 shades whiter in just 5 days! AuraGlow, on the other hand, takes 7 to 10 days to see noticeable results. If you are looking for a shorter treatment time and need whiter teeth fast, we would recommend GLO Science.
Do Dentists Use It?
GLO teeth whitening devices are used in some dental practices. It makes sense that dentists would prefer a system invented by dentists. In comparison, AuraGlow isn't used by dental practices. This is because AuraGlow doesn't provide dental practice versions of their products, so it isn't available. Instead they focus on just the consumer and offering a lower level product thats safe for consumers to use. Dental practices use more powerful whitening devices to whiten in office, as they not only want to provide quicker whitening for their patients but they also need to apply them much more carefully in office. GLO Science offers the same technology to dental practices as they do to consumers, with the only difference being the power of the whitening gel solution. With a much stronger whitening gel solution, we rely on dental practices to make sure its applied only on the teeth and not on the gums to prevent any potential sensitivity when whitening. The benefit? You can leave any GLO Dental office with your whitest teeth in less than an hour!
Accessories and Portability
GLO Lit and GLO Brilliant kits are already top-notch when you consider the advanced warming Heat & Light Whitening Mouthpiece, rechargeable power source, hands-free lanyard, GLO Vials and an included mouthpiece storage case. But there are a couple of add-ons that put these kits over the top: the soothing, formulated GLO Lip Care and a convenient travel case/pouch. Auraglow provides a mouthpiece storage case without any extra care for your lips or means to travel with the kit. So it may be portable, but you will need to pack your Auraglow device in a storage case you own already. We recommend traveling with a storage case to keep your mouthpiece clean and your device safe from any damage.
It's nice to know that you have everything you need to take your powerful GLO whitening kit with you wherever you may roam.
Conclusion: GLO vs AuraglowTeeth whitening devices can be an effective way to brighten your smile, but you want to make sure that you are using a safe and proven method.
Both GLO Science and Auraglow offer great teeth whitening devices for consumers to use at home.
From no sensitivity to being gluten free, these two devices can be quite similar. However, GLO Science does have the edge over Auraglow in regards to a shorter treatment time and using the more natural hydrogen peroxide for their whitening gel.
If you are looking for a safe, fast, and painless experience, then GLO Science is definitely the route to go.