At Wilton Dental Associates, we really believe in helping you stay healthy. What we really want to do is whatever your situation is, whether you have a fear of dentistry or whether you have dental problems that have never been solved completely, or you're not happy with your smile, what I find most rewarding is being able to help you really get healthy so that you don't have new problems, and also have a smile that you really are proud of, and also have the confidence to know you're not going to have new problems. In our office, we have a guaranteed program. It's really a two-phase aspect to it. The first one is that if you follow our program, you will not get new dental disease, which means you're going to learn how to get rid of the cause of dental disease. We're going to explain it, what it is, and how you'd do that at home using some very special technology.
But in addition, any work we do for you, we're going to be focused on making sure that that work is done in such a way that it doesn't ever have to be done again, and that if you maintain it, you'll never have a problem. Now, if you should, if you – let's say we've just done a restoration for you, and you chip it a little bit, we're gonna replace it for nothing. If you grind your teeth, for example, and we repair your edges, and we find out you're a person who's a grinder, you grind at night every night, which we’re really worried about your TMJ joint, for example, we're worried about that, we would repair those at no charge to you, but then we would do something so it didn't happen again. So, it wouldn't be just a matter of, okay, we just fix it, and then let's fix it again. I don't do that. I actually make it so you don't have that problem.
Dr. Vandiveer Strait grew up in Fairfield County, CT. He began his interest in health care after receiving his bachelor’s degree in bacteriology/zoology from the University of Connecticut and then going on to a master’s program in bacteriology. He decided that in order to be more involved in helping people, he would pursue a career in dentistry.
He went on to graduate with honors from Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, where he received his DDS. He then obtained specialty training in periodontics at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Following this he became Chief Periodontist and Preventive Dental Officer in the United States Navy. He then became Owner and Director of Old Greenwich Dental Associates and The Connecticut Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. He also served 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 president of the Greenwich Dental Society
In addition, he was voted one of America’s Top Dentists by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, was voted to Best Dentists in America by his peers, and has received The 5-Star Talk Award for excellence in customer satisfaction. He is currently a member of many dental organizations, including:
- The Connecticut Dental Association
- The American Dental Association
- The Greater Norwalk Dental Association
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. Vandiveer Strait has made excellence a priority. His membership in the Crown Council, his office and practice, and his dedication to continuing education are evidence of this. He has become certified in periodontics, endodontics, implant dentistry, and Invisalign orthodontics. He has achieved both Premier and Preferred Provider Invisalign status.
In 2017, Dr. Strait was voted as the winner and best case outcome among 30,000 Invisalign orthodontic providers in North America using Invisalign combined with other dental care. He presented his case at the Invisalign Summit in Washington, DC. Recently, he completed advanced courses in cosmetics and neuromuscular dentistry (TMJ) 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”
- “ClearCorrect Provider Course”
- “Periodontal Plastic Surgery”
Dr. Strait is the previous owner and director of Wilton Dental Associates. He is also founder and executive director of the Periodontal Pathogen Public Education Foundation, which is dedicated to public education and preventive dentistry. Additionally, Dr. Strait was a regular contributor to the RealSelf community, addressing questions regarding dental health and care.