Dr. Brian Balaze, DDS

Dr. Brian Balaze, DDS

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Dentistry  |  
Male  |  
66 y/o
(40)

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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.

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639 W Nepessing St

Lapeer, MI 48446
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Accepted insurance

  • Delta Dental

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Care Philosophy

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.

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Practice Areas

  • Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Emergency Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Family Dentistry
  • Minimally Invasive Dentistry
  • Neuromuscular Dentistry
  • Orofacial Pain Dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Reconstructive Dentistry
  • Sports Dentistry
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Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Bad Taste in Mouth
  • Black Hairy Tongue
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Bonding Disorders
  • Broken Tooth
  • Canker Sore
  • Cavity
  • Chipped Tooth
  • Chronic Periodontitis
  • Cold Sore
  • Cosmetic Conditions
  • Cosmetic Peridontal Problems
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Dental Crowding
  • Dental Disorders
  • Dental Injury
  • Dental Trauma
  • Dry Mouth
  • Dry Tooth Socket
  • Excessive Tooth Wear
  • Gaps Between Teeth
  • Geographic Tongue
  • Gingivitis
  • Grinding of Teeth
  • Gum Disease
  • Halitosis
  • Jaw Misalignment Leading to TMJ
  • Loose Teeth
  • Malocclusion (Bad Bite)
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Misshapen Teeth
  • Mouth Lesions
  • Oral Infection
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Periodontitis
  • Plaque
  • Postoperative Pain
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Soft Tissue Infection
  • Stained Teeth
  • Swollen Gums
  • TMJ
  • Tartar Buildup
  • Teething
  • Tempormandibular Joint Pain
  • Tender Gums
  • Thumb Sucking
  • Tooth Abrasion
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Tooth Attrition
  • Tooth Avulsion
  • Tooth Damage
  • Tooth Decay
  • Tooth Demineralization
  • Tooth Discoloration
  • Tooth Displacement
  • Tooth Loss
  • Tooth Malformation
  • Toothache
  • Traumatic Dental Injuries

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Procedures

  • Amalgam Dental Fillings
  • Athletic Mouthguards
  • Bite Adjustment
  • Cancer Screening
  • Clear Dental Braces
  • Composite Fillings
  • Cosmetic Oral Evaluation
  • Cosmetic Procedure
  • Dental Bonding
  • Dental Bridge
  • Dental Cleaning
  • Dental Crown
  • Dental Examination
  • Dental Filling
  • Dental Hygiene Services
  • Dental Implant
  • Dental Inlays
  • Dental Onlay
  • Dental Procedure
  • Dental Prophylaxis
  • Dental Restoration
  • Dental Sealant
  • Dental Veneer
  • Dental X-Ray
  • Denture Repair
  • Dentures
  • Digital X-Ray (CDR)
  • Fixed Orthodontic Correction
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Fluoride Varnish
  • Full Mouth Rehabilitation
  • Gum Disease Treatment
  • Implant-Supported Bridge
  • Implant-Supported Crown
  • Implant-Supported Dentures
  • Intraoral Camera
  • Jaw Tracking
  • Metal Dental Braces
  • Mouthguards
  • Nightguard
  • Nitrous Oxide Administration
  • Non-Surgical Bite Correction
  • Non-Surgical Gum Treatment
  • Non-Surgical Orthodontic Procedures
  • Oral Soft Tissue Assessment
  • Pediatric Dental Exam
  • Periodontal Exam
  • Physical Examination
  • Pocket Depth Measurement
  • Porcelain Bridge
  • Porcelain Crown
  • Porcelain Dental Inlays
  • Porcelain Dental Onlays
  • Porcelain Fixed Bridges
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Preseason Dental Exam
  • Prosthetic
  • Removable Appliances
  • Restoration of Dental Implants
  • Retainer Therapy
  • Root Canal
  • Root Planing
  • Smile Makeovers
  • Special Needs Patients-General Care
  • Sterilization
  • Teeth Extraction
  • Teeth Polishing
  • Teeth Scaling
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Recording
  • Tooth-Conserving Dentistry
  • Traumatic Dental Injury Treatment
  • Ultrasonic Dental Cleaning
  • Upper Dentures

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Education

  • University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • University of Detroit
    Medical School | Graduated 1976

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Balaze's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Balaze to family and friends
5.0
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Dr. Balaze's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (1)
in Davison |
Brian is kind, brilliant and talented along with his assistants and office staff. I refer everyone to them!
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