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Meet the Dentist

Dr. Strait grew up in Fairfield County, CT and began his career as a dentist after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Bacteriology and Zoology from the University of Connecticut.  He went on to graduate with honors from Temple University School of Dentistry where he received his D.D.S. Then he obtained specialty training in Periodontics at Indiana University School of Dentistry.

Following this, he became Chief Periodontist and Preventive Dental Officer in the United State Navy and later the owner and director of Old Greenwich Dental Associates and The Connecticut Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. At this time, he was also on the dental clinic staff at Greenwich Hospital.  Throughout his career, Dr. Strait has received many honors including:

  • The Raymond Harris Scholarship Award
  • The Xi Psi Phi Award for Highest Scholastic Average
  • Membership in the John H. Kolmer Honorary Medical Society
  • Membership in the James R. Cameron Society for Oral Surgery
  • Fellowship Award in the Academy of General Dentistry
  • Past presidency of the Greenwich Dental Society
  • Voted one of  “America’s Top Dentists” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America
  • Voted one of the “Best Dentists in America” by his peers

He is currently a member of the Connecticut Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Greater Norwalk Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr. Strait completed advanced post-doctoral training in periodontics, endodontics, cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and Invisalign orthodontics, in which he has achieved both Premier and Preferred Provider status.

Evidence of the fact that Dr. Strait has made excellence a priority are his membership in the Crown Council, his dental offices and practices, and his dedication to continuing education in several dental fields. For example, recently he completed advanced courses in cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry (TMJ-TMD) at the world famous Las Vegas Institute.

To illustrate Dr. Strait’s passion for dentistry and for always improving his knowledge and skills, in the past year he has taken the following courses with some of the leading clinicians and educators in dentistry:

  • Emergency Medicine: Recognition and Management
  • State-of-the-Art Anterior Esthetics
  • Invisalign Orthodontics
  • Advanced case management
  • Advanced Functional Restorative Dentistry
  • Oral Cancer: Risk Factors and Early Detection
  • Clear Correct Provider Course
  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Dr. Van Strait of Bethel Dental Associates is your CT provider for quality dental care. Call 203-730-9011 to find out more.