Meet Your Chesapeake Orthodontists: Dr. Peluso & Dr. Savage

Welcome to our Chesapeake orthodontic practice, where Dr. Peluso and Dr. Savage bring a blend of expertise, passion, and personalized care. Committed to creating beautiful smiles, they utilize the latest orthodontic techniques to ensure every patient receives the highest standard of treatment.

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

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry focused on aligning teeth and jaws for optimal function and aesthetics. Unlike general dentists, orthodontists like Dr. Peluso and Dr. Savage undergo additional years of specialized training beyond dental school. This training is centered around specific treatments such as braces and Invisalign, equipping them with the skills necessary to diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities. Choosing an orthodontist for your teeth straightening needs ensures that you're receiving care from a professional who has dedicated their career to perfecting these specific treatments, offering a level of expertise that general dentists typically do not possess.

The Transformative Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment offers a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond a straighter smile:

  • Physically, it plays a pivotal role in enhancing oral health. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Additionally, correcting bite issues can alleviate problems such as uneven wear on teeth, jaw pain, and difficulties in chewing or speaking.
  • 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. This newfound confidence can lead to more open and engaging social interactions, enhancing one's ability to connect with others.
  • From a professional standpoint, a confident smile can be a game-changer. It often contributes to making better first impressions, which can be crucial in job interviews, client meetings, and networking opportunities. A beautiful smile is perceived as a sign of health, vitality, and attention to personal care, attributes highly valued in professional settings.

At our Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake 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 wanted.