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Judge to rule on teeth-whitening service ban

Businesses are asking a Birmingham judge to overturn an Alabama law restricting teeth-whitening services outside of dentist's offices.

A Birmingham judge is expected to make a ruling on an Alabama law restricting teeth-whitening services outside of dentist's offices. {}Lawyers representing teeth-whitening businesses asked the judge to declare the law unconstitutional on Thursday. The lawyers argue teeth whitening is safe and the law allows dentists to create a monopoly.

The state dental board is defends the law, saying the products could pose a health threat.

Legislators passed the law in question, three years ago. Violators can be fined $5,000 and jailed for a year. {}Although, 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 has not set a timeline for a ruling in this case.

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