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Facial Enhancement: Before or After?

I often get asked, “what facial enhancement should I do first?”. More specifically, should I get BOTOX®, Juviderm or Resatylane before or after I correct my smile? In almost all cases, I tell my patients to focus on their smile correction first; and then augment their smile with dermatologic and facial enhancements. The reason? When… Read More


“I thought all dentists were the same…”

Saying that all dentists are the same is like saying all baseball players are the same. Just like athletes, some have the skills to be “hall-of-famers” and some are destined for the minor leagues. Four years of dental school does not prepare you for greatness. ‘Dental greatness’ is a humbling process of continual improvement. Materials… Read More


What is Beauty?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, really, but in dental terms, typically beauty is SYMMETRY! Symmetry is the same shape on the left and right side, using an ideal amount of space for your dental arch (the way that your teeth are positioned in your jawbone). Conversely, examples of asymmetry would be: If… Read More


Cosmetic Dentistry Vs. Aesthetic Dentistry

Every Raleigh, NC dentist seems to classify themselves as either a “cosmetic” or “family” dentist, yet Aesthetic Dentistry specialists are few and far between. Do you know the difference between Cosmetic and Aesthetic dentistry? If not, don’t worry, you are actually in the majority. Aesthetic Dentistry specialists seek to replicate natural beauty with their expertise… Read More


You Get What You Pay For

“I want the cheapest dental fix possible!” “…But the dentist up the road said…” I’ve lost track of the times in my career I have heard patients say just this! I built my dental practice on the philosophy that I have no desire to take a patient’s hard-earned money by doing the wrong thing. I… Read More


A Smile Can Say A Lot

FACT: Whether you like it or not, your smile says a lot about you. A smile can brighten up a strangers’ day or it can be provocative to the opposite sex. It gives an insight into not only your dental history, but to your soul. What exactly do I mean? If I see teeth that… Read More


Mercury Fillings: What’s the Big Deal?

At Russo DDS, we talk a lot about silver, mercury fillings. What are mercury fillings, anyway? Mercury fillings are an amalgam (which means to “mix with mercury”) consisting of mercury, silver, copper, tin, zinc, etc.; and have been used to fill teeth for over one hundred years. They are silver/black in color, not pleasing to… Read More


Seeing is Believing

I’ve learned even in 2017, dentistry may be a mystery for most people; and that’s sad. That said, I get it! It was a mystery to me growing up in rural western Pennsylvania. I can still remember the wood paneling on every square footage in our family’s dental office run by a gruff local dentist… Read More


It’s Okay to Indulge!

“I just want to live a little and have fun!” It’s a common phrase I often hear from people that have unhealthy habits for their lifestyle and their teeth, and I’ve come to realize that the reality of the situation is that these kinds of habits are most likely going to continue. Hey, I get… Read More


What is Progressive Dentistry?

Is Dr. Russo a “progressive dentist”? It’s not enough to simply call yourself ‘progressive’. It takes understanding and an approach to tying dental health to complete health and wellness. I am proud to consider myself a “new-school” (not, old-school) progressive dentist. Not to be confused, being a progressive dentist does not mean performing radical dental… Read More