Common Questions

We hope you find answers to your questions in the following section. If you would like further information or have another question, please give our Spartanburg dental office a call (864) 577-9400 or ask during your next visit. We are always ready to help our patients in any way we can.

How does the doctor keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?

Dr. Nicholson subscribes to a number of industry journals and enjoys reading up on the newest developments in the dental industry. Since dental research and development never ceases, she also attends continuing education to keep up with the latest and greatest trends in the industry.


What different payment options do you provide?

We have developed several payment methods to ensure that your dentistry is affordable. Interest free and low interest extended payment plans are available through Care Credit and HELPcard. We also accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Debit cards, personal or cashier’s check, or cash.

We offer a 5% accounting reduction for full payment in cash, check, or credit card on total fees when paid at the time the treatment is scheduled. In addition, we will file any insurance claims for you to expedite your claim.


How can I ask the Doctor questions directly?

Dr. Nicholson values open communication with all of her patients. Feel free to come in for a consult or drop Dr. Nicholson an email, whatever is easier for you.


How can I safely whiten my teeth?

Thanks to Zoom! Whitening you can have a whiter, brighter smile in just about an hour. This in-office teeth whitening system uses a state-of-the-art brightening gel that’s gently activated by a special “blue-spectrum” light. Before you know it, you’ll have the dazzling smile you’ve been dreaming about.


What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?

At Carolina General & Cosmetic Dentistry we take dental care to a higher level of excellence. And we take your needs and wishes very seriously. But what we don’t do is take ourselves too seriously. You’ve come to us for help and we’re going to provide you with the finest of care dispensed in an atmosphere that’s friendly, down-to-earth, relaxing, and a bit humorous (don’t forget Doc’s occasional serenades!)


What are crowns, porcelain veneers, on-lays, inlays and partials…and where can I learn more about these procedures?

You can find more in-depth information about each of these devices by visiting the American Dental Association. Below is a brief description of each:

Crowns: designed to fit snugly and function as normal teeth, crowns are used on cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth and are designed to protect those teeth from further damage as well as preserve your jaw’s correct natural alignment

Porcelain Veneers: These are thin sheets of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of teeth. They are highly resistant to coffee, tea or other staining agents and mostly closely resemble healthy, white tooth enamel.

Onlays: Inlays and onlays are strong, attractive, and safe alternatives to metal fillings. Onlays are used for large restorations. They restore the area inside the cusp and extend over one or more sides of the tooth. Because of their size they are usually made of porcelain.

Inlays: These are used to restore the area of tooth inside the cusps. Inlays are a conservative tooth restoration which means they require far less drilling and preparation of the tooth than a metal filling. Inlays are usually made of porcelain or composite resin, making them “invisible” in your smile.

Partials: Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases that are connected by metal framework. Partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. We fabricate partials with tissue colored clasps as we provide metal free dentistry. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible.


I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

Dr. Nicholson has a number of ways to improve the appearance of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of customized restoration porcelain veneers may be sufficient to provide a brighter and more uniform look. Dr. Nicholson would be happy to sit and discuss your wishes and the available options.


383 South Pine Street, Suite 3, Spartanburg, SC 29302 USA
Dr. Katherine Nicholson Spartanburg SC dentist (864) 577-9400 (864) 577-9773