British actress Emily Mortimer is desperate for a sparkling Hollywood smile, but was horrified when Los Angeles dentists insisted she needed to spend thousands to fix her less-than-perfect teeth.

The LOVELY AND AMAZING star was becoming increasingly intimidated by the high level of grooming in the US, but has resorted to cheaper measures to glitz up her grin.

She says, "I have been trying to get my teeth done like everyone else out there. Even the waiters' teeth are perfect.

"I went to three dentists in an attempt to get my teeth whitened and they each told me that I need thousands of dollars of dental work first.

"So I'm refusing to go. I've been using those strip things instead. How unsexy is that?"