How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

As a comprehensive dentistry practice that provides an extensive range of services to patients of all ages, Spanish Trail Dentistry offers teeth whitening in Pensacola FL to those patients looking to whiten and brighten their smiles. We offer both in-office and take-home Zoom! teeth whitening options.

Many people interested in improving the appearance of their smiles with teeth whitening wonder how long the effects last. This is actually a tough question to answer as everyone has their own habits including what they eat and drink regularly. For instance, the more you consume foods & beverages that stain teeth like red pasta sauces, blueberries, coffee, cola, red wine, etc., the sooner the whitening effects will wear off. Smokers who continue the habit after having their teeth whitened will not maintain their results as long as non-smokers as the use of tobacco stains and darkens teeth.

If you continue to consume teeth-staining foods & drinks, your whitening results can begin to fade in as little as one month. But if you avoid these foods and drinks and do not smoke, you can enjoy your white teeth for up to a year or longer before you need to schedule another whitening session.


If you have any questions about Zoom! teeth whitening, please call us at 850-444-9988 or contact us online as we’re always happy to speak with you. If you’re ready to whiten and brighten your smile with Zoom!, please schedule an appointment today. We look forward to helping you achieve the whiter & brighter smile you can be proud to show off wherever you go!





New Year’s Resolutions For Your Smile

Because it is common practice to make New Year’s resolutions as a way to improve upon our lives, the start of 2016 is a great time to schedule an appointment with our Pensacola FL cosmetic dentist office so you can make your smile look great! Since the start of the new year is a time of transformation, it makes perfect sense to transform your smile if you are not happy with the way it looks.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile

If you have any of the following issues or problems with your teeth, our Pensacola dentist, Dr. Strickland, can correct them to make your smile look great:

  • Damaged, chipped or cracked teeth
  • Unsightly gaps between between teeth
  • Missing or worn teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Crooked teeth

The team at Spanish Trail Dentistry wants our patients to have the best possible smiles! That is why we are focused on crafting beautiful, long-lasting smiles. With so many advancements made in the world of cosmetic dentistry over the past several years, we can improve the appearance of your teeth to help you get the beautiful smile you want and deserve. Please take a look at our Smile Gallery to see how some of our patients have transformed their smiles into amazing smiles they’re very proud to show off! We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers and much more.

Contact Us Today

We enjoy helping our patients improve the appearance of their smiles and we’d love to help you too! Start 2016 off on the right foot by scheduling an appointment with us to get the great looking smile you want and deserve. Dr. Strickland and his staff look forward to seeing you soon and welcoming you to the Spanish Trail Dentistry family!

Why You Should Wear a Mouth Guard

School is officially back in session, which means many of our patients are getting back into the routine of class, homework, and after school fall sports. We’re very proud of our athletic patients, and we love nothing more than seeing them excel out on the field. But fall sports can also be dangerous – just one misstep, tackle, or bad fall can lead to chipped teeth, cut tongues, or worse. Thankfully, there’s a convenient, simple solution that protects both your teeth and mouth from damage – a custom-made mouth guard.

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Protecting Your Best Asset

Here at Spanish Trail Dentistry, we truly believe that your smile is one of your best assets. Having a smile you’re proud of confers a boost in self-confidence, happiness, and self-esteem that radiates through every area of life. We know how much work every one of our patients has put into keeping their smile healthy and beautiful, and we’d hate to see them lose it with just one bad fall!

Thankfully, a mouth guard is easy to get and highly effective. All you’ll need to do is come into our office for a quick fitting appointment. We’ll take impressions of your teeth, then use those to have a mouth guard custom-manufactured to fit your mouth and teeth. Once we get your guard, simply come in to pick it up and use it every time you play or practice any sport. Now, you can play your hardest without worrying about hurting your teeth!

Contact Your Pensacola, FL Dentist

Have more questions about how to protect your teeth? We’re here to help. Feel free to call us at 850-444-9988, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Pensacola, FL office. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more info and tips on keeping your smile healthy and strong!

10 Fun Family Activities in Pensacola, FL 

Sunny Florida is one of the ultimate vacation destinations for travelers seeking fun and excitement, and Pensacola is home to activities for visitors and residents of all ages. You don’t have to go very far to keep your family entertained when you consider all that Pensacola has to offer.

  1. Pensacola Historic Village

With guided tours and hands-on activities for kids, the Pensacola Historic Village is always a hit with history buffs young and old.

  1. Pensacola Children’s Museum

This museum is great for kids from age two beyond age 12, offering interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain.

  1. Canoe Rentals

Northwest Florida has a lot to offer, and renting a canoe can give families a chance to get up close and personal with nature.

  1. Sam’s Fun & Surf City

If you are looking for a great place to play, Sam’s Fun & Surf City has the rides and attractions that you need to have a good time, including go-karts, miniature golf and bumper boats.

  1. Sailing

Experiencing the beauty of the ocean is perfect for families, and a sailing activity can provide a relaxing atmosphere for kids and parents to enjoy.

  1. Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site

Explore the remains of one of the largest water-powered sawmill operations in the state at the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site.

  1. Gulf Breeze Zoo

If animals are your thing, the Gulf Breeze Zoo has hundreds on hand for your family to see on the 50 acre property.

  1. Panhandle Butterfly House

The beauty of a butterfly in flight can be observed at the Panhandle Butterfly House, which is home to thousands of different species.

  1. National Naval Aviation Museum

More than 150 resorted aircraft are displayed at this museum, making it a must-see for those in the area.

  1. Perdido Kids Park

Sometimes a good playground is all a family needs to have fun, and the Perdido Kids Park fits the bill with a multi-level attraction filled with slides and other features.

The team at Spanish Trail Dentistry understands how important family togetherness can be, so give us a call for even more area recommendations.

Back To School Dental Tips

Back To School Dental Care Tips

Spanish Trail Dentistry proudly offers quality dental care for children, teens and adults who live in Pensacola, FL and its surrounding areas. Orthodontist, Dr. Jeff Strickland, is dedicated to helping his patients achieve optimal oral health and teach them proper oral care techniques to ensure that they maintain it. Our team knows how important it is for our patients to come into a welcoming environment and leave fully knowledgeable on what treatment they just received and how they can avoid any future oral complications. Going back to school is exciting, but it is also important that our students make healthy choices and maintain proper dental care throughout the academic year.

Oral Care Tips For Parents & Their Students

Sometimes being back at school, students will forget to practice proper oral care techniques and make savvy oral health decisions. No need to worry. Here are some tips to help you child stay on top of this.

  • Prepare good healthy snacks and lunches that contain minimal amounts of sugar.
  • Encourage your child to drink white milk or water at school instead of juices, sodas or sports drinks. Consumption of water is essential for staying properly hydrated and it flushes their system, including particles and bacteria that linger in their mouth.
  • If your student plays sports, make sure they have a mouth guard to use during practice or games. There are standard mouthguards, but custom mouthguards are available as well.
  • Never let your student leave for school without brushing their teeth. Get them excited about oral care by letting them choose their own toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Have your student floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure they are up to date with their semi-annual visits to our office for cleaning and check up.

Proper oral care is important for each of us to implement into our lives, regardless of age. The earlier we instill these practices into our students, the better off their self-esteem and overall health will be.

Contact Us

We know that you love your child and their overall well-being is important to you. Therefore, it is vital that you implement proper oral care and healthy practices into their lifestyle now! If you have any questions or concerns about proper oral care for your student as they return to school, contact us at our office, we are glad to help. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for their cleaning if they haven’t come in yet. We look forward to seeing you in our office and hearing how your child’s school year is going so far!

Zoom Professional Teeth Whitening For A More Radiant Smile

One of the very first things people notice about you is your smile. Of course you want your smile to look its very best!  If you tend to hide your smile because your teeth are not as white as you’d like them to be, our Pensacola cosmetic dentist, can help you achieve a whiter, more radiant smile with Zoom professional teeth whitening. smile to look its very best! Zoom-Whitening If you tend to hide your smile because your teeth are not as white as you’d like them to be, our Pensacola cosmetic dentist, Dr. Strickland can help you achieve a whiter, more radiant smile with Zoom professional teeth whitening.

Everyone loves having a white, bright smile. However, over time, teeth can lose their white appearance. Some medications have side effects that discolor teeth. Smoking and the use of tobacco products are not only dangerous to your health but also can leave dark stains on your teeth. Certain food and drinks can also stain and darken teeth, such as:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cola
  • Red Wine
  • Sauces
  • Berries

Also, as you grow older, the outer layer of your tooth enamel wears away which causes your teeth to look dull and darker in color. Teeth whitening can help diminish the gradual darkening of your teeth that happens with time.

While there are many over-the-counter teeth-whitening products being advertised, most do not live up to all the hype as they simply fall short as far as results are concerned. But with the Philips Zoom professional teeth whitening system, you will enjoy very impressive and immediate results. With this gel and light-activated whitening system, we can dramatically lighten your teeth in just under an hour. In fact from the time you enter our office and the time you leave, your teeth could become up to eight shades lighter!

How the Procedure Works

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In order to be a candidate for Zoom, your teeth and gums must be in good overall health. If there are stains, plaque or tartar on your teeth, you may be required to have your teeth professionally cleaned prior to your whitening treatment. If you have cavities, you may need to have them repaired first before whitening your teeth to avoid complications.

Prior to the whitening process, your cheeks, lips and gums will be protected so that only your teeth are exposed. Then the Zoom whitening gel, containing peroxide, is applied directly to your teeth. Next, Dr. Strickland will use the Zoom whitening UV light to activate the whitening gel. The light, when combined with the whitening gel penetrates the surface of the teeth to break up stains and discoloration. This process is repeated several different times during your one-hour visit.  During the entire procedure, you will simply sit back and relax while the Zoom whitening system works to dramatically whiten and brighten your smile.

Impressive Results You’ll Love

Zoom is affordable, quick, convenient and safe. Unlike other teeth whitening options you can use at home (like whitening strips and whitening pens that take several days or even weeks to see results). Zoom will provide you with much better results in a far shorter time. While results vary from one person to the next, your smile will be noticeably whiter with Zoom.

Patients who’ve had their teeth professionally whitened with Zoom generally enjoy their whitening results for about one year although that is also dependent upon your genetics and habits. If you avoid consuming foods & drinks that stain teeth and smoking, you will have a better chance of maintaining your new, brighter smile. However, you can also help keep your smile bright and white between treatments with a Zoom whitening pen and periodic Zoom at home whitening.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for Zoom professional whitening, please contact our Pensacola dental practice by calling us at (850) 444-9988. Alternatively, you can fill out and submit the ‘Appointment Request’ form that is on our website. One of our team members will then contact you to set up an appointment time. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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We Provide Our Services to Patients of All Ages

We are often asked if we see children here at Spanish Trail Dentistry and the answer is YES! We love to see children, care for their dental health, and watch them grow up! In fact, some of our youngest patients are the children of patients who had come here when they were kids Spanish Trail Dentistry Pensacola Childrens Dentistthemselves!

Our Pensacola dentist, Dr. Jeff Strickland and his team have worked hard to build a foundation of trust by treating all our patients as special individuals. We are dedicated to providing kids and adults alike with excellent, personalized care and service to make each visit with us as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

Please do feel free to refer your friends and their children to our office! We welcome them to stop by, meet the staff, tour the office and visit the fishpond to feed the goldfish. Smiles for every generation is what Spanish Trail Dentistry is founded on!

What We Believe

We focus on providing dental health care versus “disease care” and that’s why we conduct very thorough exams. We take the time to check the overall health of your teeth and gums by performing oral cancer exams and taking X-rays when necessary. We also know that routine cleanings, flossing, sealants and fluoride all can go far in preventing dental disease. We’re more than just focused on the beauty of your smile, as we’re also concerned about your health!

Visit Us Today!

Many times, the ability to avoid dental problems as an adult is by having good care as a child. That’s why our office strives to help children understand caring for their teeth, making a trip to the dentist a positive experience and encouraging families to make dental care a priority. Together, we can help your children maintain a beautiful smile, care for the health of their teeth and establish good dental habits for the future.

So yes, we certainly do see children here at Spanish Trail Dentistry. It’s just one part of our goal to excel at providing dental care in the Pensacola area.

Spanish Trail Dentistry
4359 Spanish Trail
Pensacola, FL 32504
Phone: 850-444-9988