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Court upholds state teeth-whitening law

June 16, 2015 Montgomery, Ala. – Teeth-whitening services "fall naturally within the sphere of dentistry" and state law prohibits non-dentists from offering them, the Alabama Supreme Court said in a June 5 ruling.

"The legislature, moreover, has expressly provided that teeth whitening falls within the 'practice of dentistry,' and a presumption of constitutionality attaches to this legislative pronouncement," the court said.

"For the foregoing reasons, we hold that the requirement in the Dental Practice Act that teeth-whitening services be performed by licensed dentists does not violate the due process protections of the Alabama Constitution of 1901," the court said. The ruling affirmed a lower court's 2014 judgment in favor of the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners and against non-dentist vendors of teeth-whitening services.