As the son of a life-long dental technician, Bruce Bonafiglia was introduced to the world of dentistry and dental technology from a very early age. He worked summers and holidays for his father, BonaDent founder Angelo Bonafiglia, throughout his youth, sharpening his skills as an apprentice dental technician, and learning the intricacies of what was then a five-person laboratory. Bruce officially joined BonaDent in 1975, and within his first two years started both the Crown & Bridge and Ceramics Departments, expanding BonaDent into a high-quality, full-service Dental Laboratory. After these early successes, Bruce became a Nationally Certified Dental Technician in both Crown & Bridge and Ceramics, and later advanced his training at the renowned L.D. Pankey Institute and the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Bruce has trained, hosted, and moderated panel discussions and continuum courses with dental professionals that include Dr. Ed McLaren, Willie Geller, Dr. Gerard Chiche, Dr. John Kanca, and Dr. John Kois. Notable continuing education events Bruce has hosted during his time at BonaDent include a weekend-long, hands-on course with live patients taught by Dr. Tom Trinkner called “Creating Esthetic Harmony from a Functional Approach,” as well as a four-part continuum course with Drs. Jack Shirley and Thomas Dawson called “Mastering the Art of Esthetic Dentistry Through Comprehensive Care.”
Bruce was named president of BonaDent in 1986 after Angelo “retired.” In the years since, Bruce has steadily charted BonaDent along a course of growth and modernization that has led to the laboratory’s reputation as one of the finest in the dental industry. With his commitment and dedication to attracting the industry’s best technical talent, utilizing the most advanced, cutting-edge technologies, and delivering the highest in quality customer service, Bruce ensures BonaDent fulfills his vision of consistently providing every customer with all the resources necessary for achieving the ultimate in patient satisfaction. The success of this model has further led to Bruce’s expansion of BonaDent to satellite laboratories in Melbourne, FL and Greenville, SC.
Bruce is a current member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and holds the patent on BonaDent’s unique 8-tab Anterior Expert Shade System™. He has lectured nationally, and has been published in Lab Management Today on “American Made Restorations,” a subject that grew out of his desire to keep the American dream alive for the homegrown technicians who supported him and his father from the beginning. Bruce continues to champion American Made Restorations passionately, even founding BonaDent’s sister laboratory Danaren Dental Laboratory to provide dentists with the quality economical restorations they desire without having to outsource work to offshore labs, and to give American dental technicians a long-term, stable career within this industry.
Now in its fourth generation as a family-owned business and proud to have served the dental community for over 65 years, Bruce and BonaDent show no signs of slowing down. Bruce continues to lead the company down new paths of success and into emerging markets across the U.S. Bruce recently completed renovating a former Wal-Mart building into BonaDent Dental Laboratories’ new state-of-the-art headquarters in Seneca Falls, NY.