GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device just came on the market. Don’t be scared off by the lengthy name! The product allows you to whiten your teeth at home. And, remarkably, it actually works. Here’s how:

I pretty much live off of coffee and red wine, and consequently have sad, yellow, Austin-Powers teeth. So I love the idea of turning them a whiter shade of pale. But my teeth are also sensitive and the one time I went in to get them professionally whitened (admittedly, this was six years ago) it felt as though they were sending electrical shocks directly to my gums. It was awful.

But the at home stuff? The plastic strips, and the whitening toothpaste? Well, it doesn’t really work, does it? I mean, maybe it sort of works, maybe if you’re better and change your drinking/eating habits to go along with it, they work, but I haven’t found that to be the case. So I was skeptical when I first heard about the at home GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device.

But the creators said that it only took around 30 minutes every night, and I like multi-tasking while I sit in my apartment working on puzzles doing cool things.

It looks a little more complicated than it is. The package comes with a mouth-piece (it fits over your teeth like a mouth-guard) attached by a cord to a little machine about the size of an iPhone and ten vials of liquid. You open each vial, smear some of the liquid over your teeth, insert the mouthpiece and then click the on button the machine. You feel a little heat from the mouthpiece, but it’s not painful. After 8 minutes, you take it out, rinse off the mouthpiece, then apply another dollop of liquid from the vial to your teeth and repeat. If you’re totally unable to keep track of time, the machine starts blinking light after 8 minutes. You repeat the process 3 times (you do it 4 times total).

You continue doing this for 3 to 5 days. Then, after a few weeks, when your teeth begin to look dingy, you do an 8 minute session. You repeat the whole 3-5 day process after about 6 months.

Admittedly, if you’re really busy it can be hard to find 32 minutes to whiten your teeth. But if you’re an average level of busy, it’s not too much of a time commitment, and it’s certainly nicer than going to a dentist’s office.

My teeth aren’t movie star white – I think I’d probably need veneers for that – but they’re noticeably whiter than when I started. They honestly started changing color after about 3 days, and while, okay, I did fantasize that they would come out blindingly white, I’m really happy with the improvement. At $320 it’s a bit of an investment, but we definitely recommend it over going to the dentist.

GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening