About Us - Innovative Dental Aesthetics


Dental Surgeon Dr. Derek

Dr. Derek Gatta, a highly accomplished Prosthodontist, hails from Newport, RI. He obtained a BS in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in 2003 and went on to complete his dental education at Nova Southeastern University in 2009. During his time in dental school, Dr. Gatta was awarded a scholarship with the US Navy, which led to his dedicated service in the Dental Corps for eight years. He underwent a General Practice Residency (GPR) at Camp Pendleton, CA, and further pursued his education with an MS in oral biology and a certificate in Prosthodontics at the esteemed Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Dr. Gatta’s professional journey also included deployments in Bahrain and Newport, RI, before ultimately settling in South Florida, where he now maintains a thriving private practice in Boca Raton. Dr. Gatta is highly esteemed in his field as a board-certified Prosthodontist and a diplomat of the American College of Prosthodontists. He remains an active member of several prestigious dental organizations, including the Academy of Osseointegration, ITI, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.


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Office: (561) 997-6622
Fax: (561) 995-6984
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“I love the challenge of my job and appreciate the scientific and artistic skills necessary to be successful.  I understand what it feels like to lack confidence in your smile.  As a child, I broke a front tooth and was also in braces.  After I was treated to repair the damage, I regained positive self-esteem, which inspired me to go to Dental School and provide that same sense of wellness to others.  I am committed to helping you get your life back with a confident smile.  Complex rehabilitations are my specialty and I look forward to working with you.

When I am not practicing dentistry, I enjoy playing pickleball, tennis, golf, skiing, and exploring exciting travel destinations.”

Care Philosophy

“I deliver world-class oral health care with superior customer service.  My goal is to help patients get their lives back who have delayed treatment for fear of judgment or embarrassment.  I am a Board-Certified Prosthodontist who specializes in complex oral rehabilitation. My team and I treat every individual in a professional and courteous manner.  Life is too short to not have the smile you deserve!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you.”


Our Staff

Dental Hygienist Fran, R.D.H - Team Member

Dental HygienistFran, R.D.H,

Originally from Chicago, Fran attended Loyola University School of Dentistry and graduated from their program in 1993. Fran practiced dental hygiene in Chicago for 4 years.

In 1998, Fran moved to South Florida where she met Dr. Max and has been working with him ever since.

Dental Hygienist Lyndsey, R.D.H - Team Member

Dental HygienistLyndsey, R.D.H,

Lyndsey is originally from Oberlin, OH and joined the practice in 2019. Lyndsey graduated from Lorain County Community College in 2017 and has been passionate about helping others achieve the best possible oral health and dental hygiene ever since! In her free time, Lyndsey enjoys travelling, the beach, and spending time with family, and her St. Bernard puppy!

Dental Assistant Gisele, D.A. - Team Member

Dental AssistantGisele, D.A.

Gisele is originally from Brazil and has been working for more than eighteen years as a dental assistant. She enjoys seeing the satisfaction in the patients’ eyes when they show a nice and bright smile.

Dental Lab Assistant Cheryl, D.A - Team Member

Dental Lab AssistantCheryl, D.A.

Cheryl joined the practice in the capacity of dental assistant in October of 1989. She holds an associate degree in liberal arts with a concentration in art from Palm Beach Community College. Cheryl’s certifications from University of Florida School of Dentistry include the following: Expanded Duties, Dental Auxiliary Personal, Radiological Health & Safety, Expanded Duties Dental Auxiliary, Personal Temporization Fabrication, Whitening Procedures.

Continued education courses completed include certifications in implant temporization & restoration, orthodontic straight wire assisting and Invisalign.

Front Desk Melanie - Team Member

Front DeskMelanie

Melanie is the treatment coordinator for Dr. Max and Dr. Gatta. She has been working with Dr. Max for over thirteen years. Melanie attends dental study clubs and conferences. She will help you with your dental appointments as well as take care of your insurance needs.

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Dental Surgeon Dr. Terry

Dr. Terry Max has been a stalwart presence in the field of dentistry, offering comprehensive services in general, prosthetic, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry to the residents of Palm Beach County for an impressive span of over 35 years. Dr. Max’s wealth of expertise is the culmination of extensive studies under the tutelage of renowned Masters of Dentistry from various corners of the globe. Additionally, he has honed his skills through advanced training programs at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Tufts, the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and the University of Miami.

Dr. Max’s gentle, collaborative approach with patients combined with their masterful dental skills and artistry have made their practice a trusted leader in the community.

Click to read the endorsement from the esteemed Dr. Terry Max.

Dr. Max officially retired on May 1st, 2023.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Max for consistently delivering superior dental care to South Florida residents and for referring patients from far and wide.

We sincerely hope that Dr. Max enjoys a retirement filled with boundless opportunities for relaxation and fulfillment. Your contributions to the field of dentistry and the well-being of countless individuals will always be cherished, Dr. Max!


Achievements & Success

Trusted Dental Expertise in Boca Raton

Years Of Service

With 35 years of expertise, Innovative Dental Aesthetics specializes in addressing complex dental needs through a minimally invasive and conservative approach whenever possible.

Happy Patients

We take pride in having over 500 happy patients, who have experienced exceptional dental care and left our office with smiles on their faces.

Staff Members

Our team comprises 6 highly experienced staff members who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to support Dr. Gatta in providing top-notch dental care.


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5455 N. Federal Hwy, Suite D
Boca Raton, FL 33487
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