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NC dentists sue feds over teeth-whitening rules

Posted February 2, 2011 2:37 p.m. EST

— North Carolina's dental regulatory board filed suit Tuesday to enforce a state law that allows only dentists to perform teeth-whitening procedures.

The state Board of Dental Examiners alleges that the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority in trying to determine who can whiten teeth. Last year, the FTC accused the dental board of improperly trying to shut down businesses like day spas and tanning booths that also offer whitening services.

The board wants a federal judge to issue an order upholding its right to determine who can offer whitening services and requiring the FTC to remove all derogatory references to the state board and North Carolina dentists from the FTC website.