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Born and raised in Detroit, Dr Balaze received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan where he also played varsity baseball. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit in 1976 and continued to teach at that institution until the mid eighties. After serving in the Navy from 1976-1978 he joined his dental school classmate Dr. Gary Barnard, also a Pankey alumnus, in private practice in Lapeer, Michigan. Dr. Balaze practices all phases of general dentistry and has special interest in orthodontics, TMJ and bite disorders which led him to pursue further education at the Pankey Institute. He has well over 1,000 hours of continuing education in various aspects of dentistry. He is a member of many professional associations and study clubs and combines a passion for hockey and dentistry by serving as the team dentist for "College Hockey at the Joe" at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Brian and his wife Mary Beth have 3 grown sons, 2 of which will follow their father with careers in dentistry. He recieved his Fellowship with the Academy of General Denstisty along with his oldest son Daniel in the summer of 2014.
This content was provided by Dr. Balaze The name of the practice, Directions in Dentistry, and its logo, a lighthouse, are symbolic of our mission to guide our patients to better oral health using values of respect, integrity, and compassion as our true north compass. We accomplish this by taking the time to know our patients and understand their desires, fears, and motivations and couple that with a thorough and complete examination that evaluates all aspects of oral health. A treatment plan is then developed that combines the patient's desires along with their oral health needs and delivers treatment at an appropriate pace.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry
Orofacial Pain Dentistry
Bad Taste in Mouth
Black Hairy Tongue
Cosmetic Peridontal Problems
Dry Tooth Socket
Excessive Tooth Wear
Gaps Between Teeth
Grinding of Teeth
Jaw Misalignment Leading to TMJ
Malocclusion (Bad Bite)
Soft Tissue Infection
Tempormandibular Joint Pain
Traumatic Dental Injuries
Amalgam Dental Fillings
Clear Dental Braces
Cosmetic Oral Evaluation
Dental Hygiene Services
Digital X-Ray (CDR)
Fixed Orthodontic Correction
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Gum Disease Treatment
Metal Dental Braces
Nitrous Oxide Administration
Non-Surgical Bite Correction
Non-Surgical Gum Treatment
Non-Surgical Orthodontic Procedures
Oral Soft Tissue Assessment
Pediatric Dental Exam
Pocket Depth Measurement
Porcelain Dental Inlays
Porcelain Dental Onlays
Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Preseason Dental Exam
Restoration of Dental Implants
Special Needs Patients-General Care
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Recording
Traumatic Dental Injury Treatment
Ultrasonic Dental Cleaning
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University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
University of Detroit
Medical School | Graduated 1976
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