By Amelia Proud and J J Anisiobi

When Rihanna decides to dress up for a night out she doesn't stop at just picking the right outfit to wear.

The pop star showed that even when she looks good on the outside she still struggles with her inner beauty as she ruined her smile with a gold grill, on Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old stepped out for dinner at her favourite restaurant sporting the mouth accessory as she rocked up to Giorgio Baldi for dinner with friends.

Big mouth: Rihanna wore a pair of gold grills over her bottom set of teeth as she went to dinner at Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica

Sad day: Rihanna paid thoughtful tributes to those who lost their lives on 9/11 and was reflective, even at dinner

Her grill, which is a gold or bejeweled dental apparatus that sits over the teeth in the same way that a gum shield does, did nothing positive for her appearance.

Although they can be easily applied and removed as a temporary fashion accessory, they normally worn by men.

They are generally worn as a status symbol of wealth in the hip hop community and have been earning people street cred ever since the early 1980s when the blinged-out teeth became a full-blown hip-hop fashion statement.

Earlier this year Chris Brown joined rappers Kanye West, Nelly, Lil Wayne, and Lil Jon in the trend by proudly flashing his golden chompers to the dancing crowds at AV Nightclub in Hollywood.

Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte also wore a pair of grills after winning gold, which were customised to show the American flag.

Rihanna herself first started wearing the gold mouthpiece in 2011 when she filmed her music video for You Da One.

The singer may have found it rather difficult to eat her meal with the expensive piece of metal covering her teeth but thankfully she could have taken them out with ease.

Mouthy men: Rihanna's ex boyfriend Chris Brown and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte have both worn grills this year

The golden smile wasn't the only thing on show by the Umbrella singer as she also whipped out her legs for the low key dinner date.

Rihanna looked stunning in tiny black shorts, a black and white top and peep-toe boots covered with a sheer fabric.

But her face summed up her feelings at the end of a day spent remembering those tragically lost on 9/11 in 2001.

Toned: The actress looked lovely in her simple palette of black and white as she entered the restaurant

Earlier in the day, she tweeted a pic of New York City with the caption, 'We’ll never forget this day! 9/11.'

She later posted another photo on her Twitter account that told a very touching story about a woman who ran into the firefighter who carried her from the World Trade Center that day.

Rihanna's mind was at least not on the latest controversy surrounding her relationship with Chris Brown.

Favourite: The singer is a huge fan of the Italian eatery

Her ex claimed his new neck tattoo is of a skull commemorating a Mexican holiday, after he was forced to come forward and deny the etching was in honour of his ex-girlfriend.

The 23-year-old singer put the ink on display during an event in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Comparisons were quickly drawn with the Russian Roulette singer, whom he brutally assaulted in 2009, after it echoed her face structure, arched eyebrows and plump lips after the attack.

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