Connecticut Teeth-Whitening Rules Challenged In Court

By STEPHEN SINGER
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A libertarian law firm has filed a civil rights lawsuit to block Connecticut health regulations that ban teeth whitening not supervised by a dentist.

The Institute for Justice filed the lawsuit in federal court in Hartford Wednesday. The Arlington, Va., law firm says the state Dental Commission’s regulations promote a monopoly for dentists by banning certain teeth whitening at salons and shopping malls.

A spokesman for the state Department of Public Health said officials have not read the lawsuit and would not comment.

Regulations imposed in June cited inherent risks in teeth whitening and said whitening involves the practice of dentistry when it involves diagnosing causes of discoloration, customizing treatment and other work.

The Institute for Justice says the regulations have put several practitioners out of business.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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