The difference between British teeth and American teeth is in societal expectations, the BBC reports. “Americans have the idea uniformity is equivalent to looking good,” one UK expert says. “The British character is more free-spirited, more radical.” Brits like Ricky Gervais have resisted the lure of the super-white smile, and those who have fallen for it—hello, Simon Cowell—often are mocked at home.
But some procedures are gaining popularity across the pond. Braces, crowns, and whitening are more common, though “nice natural smiles—natural in color” are preferred, a professor says. Does that mean Gervais, whose real teeth recently were mistaken for funny-looking fakes, will be hitting the dentist's chair? “For comedians, it's good to look unique,” a cosmetic dentist says.