Meet Your Virginia Beach Orthodontists: Dr. Peluso & Dr. Savage

Welcome to our Virginia Beach orthodontic practice, where Dr. Peluso and Dr. Savage bring a combination of expertise, passion, and personalized care.

They are dedicated to creating beautiful smiles with the latest orthodontic techniques, ensuring every patient receives the highest standard of treatment.

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Meet Dr. Anthony Peluso

Dr. Anthony Peluso loves to see the transformative power of orthodontics in the lives of his patients. Being a Virginian for more than 25 years, Dr. Peluso has long-standing ties to the community. He began his illustrious journey by earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Medical College of Virginia in 1997.

Dr. Peluso joined Drs. Karesh and Shivar in 1999 and has served with enthusiasm and dedication ever since.


Dr. Peluso earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Medical College of Virginia in 1997 and completed his postgraduate training at the VCU Department of Orthodontics in Richmond, where he received his orthodontic certificate. In 2010, he completed his board certification in orthodontics.

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Meet Dr. Ross Savage

Growing up in Virginia Beach has given Dr. Ross Savage a unique understanding of the town and its residents.

He’s happy to return to the community he calls home and looks forward to contributing to the area he loves by building lasting relationships with his patients and continuing the legacy of exceptional orthodontic care at Eastern Virginia Orthodontics.


Dr. Savage attended the University of Virginia, where he received a BS in Biology in 2012. In 2016, Dr. Savage graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry with his DMD.

After dental school, Dr. Savage participated in the Craniofacial Biology Program at the University of Kentucky. In 2020, he earned his certificate in orthodontics from the Georgia School of Orthodontics in Atlanta.

Dr. Savage is also a diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics.

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Orthodontist vs. Dentist: Specialized Orthodontic Care

Understanding the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist is key to choosing the right care for your smile. While both are dental experts, orthodontists like Dr. Peluso and Dr. Savage undergo additional years of specialized training focused on aligning teeth and jaws. This expertise is crucial for effective teeth straightening procedures, such as braces and Invisalign.

Orthodontists have a deeper understanding of facial structure and dental development, allowing them to create comprehensive treatment plans that address both aesthetic and functional aspects of your smile. By choosing an orthodontist for your teeth straightening needs, you ensure that you're receiving care from a specialist who is equipped with the knowledge and tools to achieve the best possible results.

The Transformative Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment offers a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond a straighter smile. Physically, it improves oral health by aligning teeth and correcting bite issues, making daily dental care more effective and preventing long-term problems like uneven wear or TMJ disorders. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Mentally and personally, the impact of orthodontic treatment is profound. A straight, well-aligned smile boosts self-confidence and self-esteem, positively influencing various aspects of life. It can change how you see yourself and, in turn, how you interact with the world. Socially, a confident smile enhances communication and interactions, making you feel more comfortable and assertive in both personal and professional settings.

Professionally, a great smile can be a significant asset. It often contributes to making better first impressions, which are crucial in job interviews, client meetings, and networking. A beautiful smile is perceived as a sign of health, vitality, and attention to detail, qualities highly valued in the professional world.

At our Virginia Beach orthodontic practice, we understand these comprehensive benefits and are committed to providing our patients with not just a beautiful smile, but a foundation for improved overall well-being.

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Begin Your Journey to a Perfect Smile

Ready to transform your smile and life? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Peluso or Dr. Savage at our Virginia Beach orthodontic practice. We're here to guide you through every step of your orthodontic journey with personalized care and the latest treatments. Let us help you achieve the smile you've always dreamed of.