Businesses fight Ala rules on teeth whitening

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Businesses are asking a Birmingham judge to overturn an Alabama law restricting teeth-whitening services outside of dentist’s offices.

Lawyers for a North Carolina man and an Alabama woman asked a Jefferson County judge Thursday to declare the law unconstitutional. They say teeth whitening is safe and dentists are creating a monopoly.

The state dental board is defending the law. It says the products could pose a health threat, and that’s enough for a law.

Legislators passed the law three years ago saying businesses like nail salons can’t sell teeth-whitening products. Violators can be fined $5,000 and jailed for a year.

Consumers can still buy the products in retail stores and use them at home under the law.

Opponents say the restriction doesn’t make sense.

The judge says she’ll rule later.

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