Power White: The Tanda Pearl Ionic Teeth Whitening System Works (and How)

by Janine on 21 August 2012 · 16 comments

I had terribly low expectations of the Tanda Pearl Ionic Teeth Whitening System. I mean, ionic? Really? Like my flat iron? What now? And a peroxide dose low enough for sensitive teeth is supposed to get results in just five days of twice-daily five-minute sessions? Uh huh.

I whitened with trays from my dentist several years ago, and got fantastic results that lasted for nearly two years. I touch up with a full session of Crest Whitestrips occasionally, so my teeth are generally white. I deliberately held off from touch-ups in the last several months so I could try a new method of whitening, but I still didn’t expect much difference. I did, however, expect my teeth to feel ouchy because they’ve become sensitive to bleaching.

And I did a dumb thing. I ran out of the house with the Tanda Pearl mouthpiece unit and only one tube of peroxide gel instead of two (the instructions specify one tube of gel per side of the double-sided tray).

Yet, mind=blown. With just one five-minute session with the Tanda Pearl Ionic Teeth Whitening System ($195 including 20 tubes of whitening gel, at theshoppingchannel.com and thebay.com), my teeth were definitely, discernibly whiter, without any ouch. And I hadn’t even used it correctly.

How the Tanda Pearl Ionic Teeth Whitening System works

One of the features the Tanda Pearl sells itself on is its tray delivery system, which surrounds teeth with the bleaching gel to get the backs and into the crevices as well.* Inside the tray, small metal strips run around the base at the front and back. When each side of the tray is filled, the gel should butt up against the metal strips (so much easier when you use a tube per tray side as per the instructions — sheesh).

Once the unit is switched on (the indicator light should be green), a mild micro-current transfers from the metal to the ionic peroxide formula to kick up its whitening performance, making the six-percent peroxide dose work as if the peroxide were at a higher concentration.

No, my teeth do not feel electrocuted in any way during the treatments (#frankenwhiten!). They feel slightly warmed and cooled at the same time (the gel is minty). And three sessions later, they’re aware they’ve been in contact with peroxide — I feel the barest hint of sensitivity post-use. (Note: although it’s marketed as being safe for sensitive teeth, a note on the box discourages those with very sensitive teeth from using it.)

My teeth are whiter. Not Ross-Gellar white — according to cosmetic dentist Dr. Ed Philips of The Studio for Aesthetic Dentistry in Toronto, teeth can only get as white as their genetic makeup allows — but a nice, realistic white.

How long the whitening lasts

Although impressive because it happens so quickly, the whitening results won’t last as long as the results I achieved via bleaching trays from the dentist. That initial white outlasted the results I get from drugstore systems, too. (Teeth are in contact with effective peroxide levels overnight with dentist-provided treatments, vs 30 minutes or less with store-bought kits that generally have a lower percentage of peroxide.)

The Tanda Pearl folks recommend touch-up treatments every three months (booster kits of 10 tubes of gel are $50), and of course that depends on lifestyle habits. As well, Dr. Philips points out that peroxide dehydrates teeth, which makes them look whiter too. Once they rehydrate, in a matter of days, the whiteness will settle down.

Mixed reviews, but…

The Tanda Pearl is working well for me, but that doesn’t mean it will for everyone (I still think Fassbender should give it a go). I’ve read a lot of reviews online — they range from gush-fests to frustrated disappointment. In fact, a friend of mine had no colour change at all when she used the Tanda Pearl system, and we can’t figure out why not. Apparently tetracycline stains won’t bleach away, and whitening doesn’t work on caps or veneers, but my friend has none of those issues. So… *shrug.*

Yet I’ll still recommend the Tanda Pearl system, and to people with sensitive teeth (yep, I mean your husband, Wynne). I can do that because it’s working for me, and because if you buy the kit from an approved retailer, Tanda has a “risk-free guarantee.” Says so right here; call the company at 1-877-651-1177 for more details.

Have you tried the Tanda Pearl yet? What’s your go-to for brighter teeth?

Whatcha doin’ on September 24th around 8:45 am?
If you tune in to Canada AM, I’ll be in your TV
discussing lots of other ways to whiten your smile.

*Whitestrips get the backs of the teeth to some extent too, but most people feel as though they have use a fingernail to work the strips into the grooves between their teeth.

Photos via Fujifilm Finepix F770EXR.

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Lesa 21 August 2012 at 2:49 pm

Tanda’s PR should send one over to Fassy.

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Janine 21 August 2012 at 3:28 pm

YES.

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Siofan Davies 22 August 2012 at 5:59 pm

I have been reading about this thing for a few months and have been so curious if it works. I so don’t like crest strips because they’re on for too long and I am a drooler and super afraid to swallow the chemicals. Five minutes seems a lot more manageable. Christmas List? Maybe!

Wish it came with a Fassy though…

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Janine 23 August 2012 at 7:23 am

It really works for me, Siofan — I’m thrilled with the results. So quick, so effective. Now to see how long I have before touch-ups after using finishing the program.

This, I think, is ideal for habitual bleachers. Teeth get sensitive with those. This is faster, gets into nooks and crannies, and is really gentle. The only flaw, perhaps, is that it does not appear to come with a Fassy. *sigh*

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Emily 12 December 2012 at 4:48 pm

Pics or it didn’t happen.

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Janine 12 December 2012 at 4:52 pm

Rest assured, Emily, that as soon as discolouration appears between my teeth again, I’ll get on that before/after photo session for you. I actually didn’t think to photograph my teeth before I tried it because I didn’t expect it to work! Yet when I took the device out after about four minutes to say something to fellow beautygeek Liza, she noticed immediately that my teeth were lighter.

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Nia 2 March 2013 at 7:14 pm

Hey, it only works on one set of teeth? The uppers? Or can you use it on both the lowers and the uppers?

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Janine 3 March 2013 at 3:43 am

Hi Nia,

The mouthpiece gets upper and lower teeth at the same time. There’s an identical channel on the flipside. It’s like a mouthguard :-)

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Lily 31 March 2013 at 2:57 pm

Flash sale at The Bay’s online site today for Tanda’s teeth whitening for $120…Wondering if I should pull the trigger?

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Janine 31 March 2013 at 3:08 pm

If you’ve had decent whitening results from other methods, DEFINITELY pull the trigger. I think it’s a good investment for novice whiteners, too, but if you’re a rare case whose teeth don’t whiten for some reason, even that price tag will hurt.

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Thomas Ringsma 18 January 2014 at 7:32 pm

I found this product to do absolutely nothing compared to what you describe in your article. Did you actually use it?
Just another very expensive gismo that doesn’t live up to its claim…

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