Archive for Oral Piercings
Upper Lip Frenulum (a.k.a. smiley, scrumper) Piercing
Welcomed to the world of piercing in the 1990s after gaining notice in a magazine publication, the smiley piercing has certainly gained popularity in recent years for quite a few reasons. The smiley is pierced through a thin strip of flesh that attaches the center of the upper lip to the gum plate; this little piece of flesh is called the upper lip frenulum, hence the official name of the piercing. Because of the differences found in size and shape of the upper lip frenulum, some may not have the ideal anatomy for this piercing, so be sure to check with your local piercer to see if the smiley is a possibility for you!
The jewelry that is typically worn in this piercing initially will be 18 gauge (1mm) to 16 gauge (1.2mm) in thickness and includes small diameter circular barbells, such as horseshoe rings, segment rings, or captive rings. Occasionally, a short length curved barbell may be worn in this piercing alternatively.
Some fun facts about the scrumper include that women are statistically more likely to have this piercing than men (let’s change that up, my pierced dudes!) and it is most commonly worn by those in the age range of 18-29. And one of the best perks about the smiley is the fact that this is a GREAT option for those who enjoy “secret” or easy to hide piercings.
The upper lip frenulum piercing takes around 4 to 8 weeks to heal and there are a lot of factors to consider prior to getting the smiley done at your local professional piercing studio. And that professional aspect is key for this type of piercing to prevent the possibility of injury since you’re getting pierced through the soft tissue of the gums. Consequently, this piercing has a risk of rejection and migration since it is pierced through such a tiny piece of flesh. Another risk with the smiley is the wearing down and chipping of teeth since as with all oral piercings we have a tendency to mess around with them in our mouth.
The smiley piercing is performed using a 16 or 18 gauge needle AFTER your mouth has been properly disinfected through the sanitation procedures of your chosen piercer.
As far as aftercare goes, it’s going to be pretty much the same as any other type of oral piercing such as the tongue or lip. Special mouthwash, such as the products offered on our site from H2Ocean, as well as sea salt solution should be used to clean your piercing several times per day, especially after eating food. To help the healing process along, it’s also recommended to stay away from things like smoking and overuse of lip products as well as to be careful while brushing your teeth!
So, if you’ve been looking for the perfect piercing to add a little extra shine to your smile or if you’re looking for the best option for a secret piercing just for you, the smiley piercing is definitely something to consider. Have any of your own piercing experiences with the smiley? Let us know in the comments!
Frenulum Linguae (Tongue Web, Under Tongue, Marley) Piercing
This piercing is located where the connective under-layers (or the “webs” that distinguish the fenulum linguae from the rest of it all) that attach the tongue to the lower gum plate are found. The tongue web, which is what the frenulum linguae is more commonly referred to, is the part of our oral anatomy that allows us to speak, so some people believe that this piercing may influence or encourage those who have it to think more before speaking. The best part of all? This piercing is completely hidden (unless you’re intentionally showing it off), so it’s the perfect solution for piercing fanatics that aren’t allowed to have them visible for any reason.
While there is no specialized body jewelry for the tongue frenulum piercing developed for the market just yet, there are several options of general body jewelry types that are perfect for this location. The type of initial jewelry most often used for the tongue web piercing includes 16 gauge short (usually 6-8 millimeters in diameter or length) curved barbells (such as what you would find with eyebrow rings) or circular rings (such as with BCRs). Other options that people have been known to use include horseshoe circular barbells and curved barbell belly rings. Anything that is curved will suit this piercing a little better than body jewelry that is straight because of the natural curve of this area (though, remember: you and your body are unique, so trial and error is the best way to figure out the type of body jewelry that is right for your piercing).
Pro-Piercing Tip: If you’re thinking about getting your tongue frenulum pierced, then make sure you have enough going on under there to get it at all! Check with your local professional piercer to be sure that you have enough tissue present to make the tongue web piercing a possibility.
HEALING PROCESS and AFTERCARE INFORMATION
The tongue web piercing has a pretty short healing time of about 4 to 6 weeks total and is known to have a fairly easy process to heal. To clean this piercing, make sure to use a non-alcohol based mouthwash, such as that found in H2Ocean’s oral piercing aftercare products. Salt water rinses are beneficial as well! You’ll also want to be sure that you’re keeping your mouth as free as possible from food and other debris.
And, yes, you’ll also want to avoid things like swimming, smoking, alcohol consumption, and sexual contact until your piercing is fully healed. Unfortunately, since this piercing has a tendency to be rejected (basically, it comes out) than typical tongue piercings by your body, most people who get this piercing end up only keeping it for a few years. To help to hinder this outcome, make sure you use body jewelry that is composed from lightweight and biocompatible materials such as flexible Bioplast.
Pro-Piercing Tip: If you’re a smoker and plan on getting your tongue web pierced, it is recommended that you use electronic cigarettes/vapes for the first few weeks after the initial piercing because the vapor is a lot less harmful to you and your healing piercing than the smoke from a tobacco cigarette.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES from our SNAPCHAT FOLLOWERS
So, last week, we published a request for followers to respond with their experiences with tongue web piercings on our Snapchat story. Here are a few of our helpful pals that offered to share their Marley piercing stories with us:
One of our followers snapped us back with this: “…a great piercing to get if you want a piercing that is just for you. I got it because I could hide it for my job and because it was different. If you’re talking to someone taller than you, sometimes they can see it, but it’s definitely a conversation starter! Pain is a 4/10, I would say, and I hate pain!” Now, that’s some good news for all those afraid of that part! Our proudly pierced follower even went back after briefly retiring their piercing to get their web re-pierced, saying: “…missed it so much so I got it redone. That pain through scar tissue was an 8/10, haha.” What a trooper!
And as far as healing goes, one tongue web piercing expert had this to respond with: “The healing hurt worse than the actual piercing because underneath your tongue swells. It’s hard to eat for the next few days and it takes a few days to get used to it being there. A year later, I forget it’s even there now, but it’s still by far my favorite piercing.”
Still not sure about it? Another follower on our Snapchat replied with “My fave piercing and hardly anyone even knows I have it!” With all these reason to get your under tongue web pierced, what’s keeping you from doing it?! If you want it, go for it!
While it may not be the time for our hometown team of the Buffalo Sabres to win the Stanley Cup (there’s always next year, right?), there’s still a great series of upcoming games in store for the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins as they battle for the ultimate prize in the NHL.
Make sure you get your style in the spirit of hockey season before it’s all over with our selection of officially licensed NHL body jewelry, which currently includes belly button rings, industrial barbell cartilage earrings, and barbell tongue rings featuring a logo inlay or charm of your favorite hockey team.
Want to know the schedule for the final games? Check out the official NHL page for their schedule or keep your eyes out for these upcoming games:
Game 1: Monday 5/30 at 8pm: San Jose @ Pittsburgh
Game 2: Wednesday 6/1 at 8pm: San Jose @ Pittsburgh
Game 3: Saturday 6/4 at 8pm: Pittsburgh @ San Jose
Game 4: Monday 6/6 at 8pm: Pittsburgh @ San Jose
Game 5: Thursday 6/9 at 8pm: San Jose @ Pittsburgh
Game 6: Sunday 6/12 at 8pm: Pittsburgh @ San Jose
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS WIN!
Don’t see body jewelry for the team you rooted for this season? Let us know in the comments so that we can stock up for you to enjoy some hockey fanatic fashion yourself!
With the growing acceptance of all things cannabis lately, the 20th of April will carry more of a reason for celebration than ever before. No matter your choice on whether or not to participate in the holiday’s hazy traditions, we’ve got you covered in today’s post with some fun 420 history and a plethora of awesome weed-related jewelry and accessories.
But why this date? What makes April 20th and the time of 4:20 so special to the cannabis community? There are a lot of myths surrounding the origins of this holiday, which isn’t too surprising since some weed enthusiasts are known to have difficulties remembering the time to get the pizza out of the oven. Likewise, the story itself is nothing short of what you would expect from the celebration considered the Oktoberfest for potheads.
4/20: A Brief History
Let’s take a little trip back to the year 1971 – the year when five high school students from California first uttered the term “4:20” whilst meeting daily at that specific time under their school’s statue to partake in a smoke session before wandering around the wilderness searching for a legendary lost cannabis crop allegedly left behind by “some dude from the Coast Guard.”
Despite never stumbling upon their pot field treasure, the term “420” lived on in infamy as a code to conceal drug use from parents and teachers that eventually found its way into pop culture (thanks to one of the high schooler’s older brothers being a friend of the bassist for the Grateful Dead) to become the number that is now synonymous with the plant and the culture that surrounds its consumption.
A 2014 article from Vice News has a bunch of interesting facts and research about this day and its origins if you feel like incorporating a little knowledge into your holiday this year.
One of my favorite tidbits from the article is the fact that the Denver, Colorado Interstate mile marker 420 has been stolen so many times that it was replaced with mile marker 419.99 to deter further theft.
If you’re looking for some 4/20 friendly body jewelry to show off your love for the holiday, we’ve got a TON of awesome options for you to check out, including:
- belly button rings – so many dope dangles!
- nipple rings
- industrial barbells
- captive rings
- cartilage earrings
- eyebrow rings
- nose rings
- labrets for lip piercings
- tongue rings
- plugs and tapers
Want something even more resourceful? Check out our 0 gauge pipe talon taper (it’s the blue Sherlock-like piece in the above image) made from unobtanium borosilicate glass for the perfect piece to add to your stash.
Another cool option for 4/20 body jewelry is our glow-in-the-dark items! A selection of our logo inlay jewelry features the ability to glow, which only adds to the righteous style you’ll gain from wearing it. This colorful rasta pot leaf belly ring is an especially popular choice on our site.
We also carry a selection of weed-themed jewelry for those who haven’t delved into the vast world of body modification just yet, featuring fashion jewelry and accessories including the products featured in the image below. Additionally, a lot of our jewelry with rasta colors and marijuana leaf designs are currently a part of our clearance section for an easily affordable celebration.
We’ve all been there – you’re putting in your new body jewelry and the ball drops to the floor, never to be seen again. For those accidents that occur with a bead captive ring, you’re going to need a different type of replacement ball than what you would get for threaded barbell body jewelry. The ball for securing BCRs is held in place with the help of tiny divots or dimples on each side, which securely fit in the opening of the circular ring.
If that just isn’t an option for you or you would like to have a go at it yourself, we have some tools, tips, and tricks to assist you in showing off your BCR like it was meant to be:
Tips Before Getting Started
- Change your jewelry in a place with a lot of light like your bathroom because the beads are usually tiny and difficult to handle.
- Cover the drain of the sink if there is one in the vicinity with a paper towel or tissues so that you won’t lose the ball down the drain.
- Get a clean small cup or dish to put the jewelry in when you’re exchanging the pieces so nothing escapes while you’re in the process.
- Practice popping the bead in and out of the captive ring several times prior to actually trying to insert into your piercing (if you’re not sure how to do this, read through the step by step directions below before trying).
- If you’re having trouble removing the bead from the captive ring, try to wedge your thumbnail under the edge of the bead, but be careful not to drop the bead when it pops out!
- Keep your hands and your jewelry clean throughout the process to prevent infection (ESPECIALLY if you drop any part of the jewelry!)
- If you feel the ring getting caught on any part of your skin when changing it, slide the ring back into its original place and try again.
- Try not to look in the mirror while changing your jewelry because this is often more confusing than helpful when compared to changing it assisted by your sense of touch.
Step by Step
- Remove the bead from your current captive ring and slowly rotate the ring through your piercing until the ring opening is lined up with either end of your piercing.
- Hold the ring firmly between your thumb and forefinger before grasping the bead tightly between the thumb and forefinger of your opposite hand. Twist the ring slightly while applying pressure on the bead – it should pop right out.
- Gently slide the ring out of the hole.
- Clean the captive ring you just removed before putting it into the cup or dish you have ready.
- Remove the bead from your new captive ring, place that new bead into the cup or dish with your old jewelry, and slowly put the end of the new captive ring’s opening into the hole of your piercing.
- Gently rotate the jewelry through your piercing until the end of the ring comes through the opposite hole.
- Once it’s inserted through your piercing, hold the new captive ring’s bead and line it up between your fingers so that you can see the dimpled indents on both ends of the ball. Rest the bottom indent on one end of the captive ring’s opening and steadily hold the ring while carefully pushing the top indent to fill the opening – you should hear it snap into place.
- Ta-da! Look and feel fabulous 😉
So, the most important part of all that? Keep everything as clean as you can! If you follow those rules, then wearing your new BCR will be easy, fun, and fashionable without the stress and frustration of going at it alone.
Ready to look for a captive ring of your own? Check out our previous style guide post on everything captive rings have to offer!
Not sure about the size you need? Check out this posting on proper sizing of captive rings to ensure you get a perfect fit.
Watch and Learn
If you’re someone who prefers to see something done before they do it themselves, then this video is perfect for you! Inserting and removing the circular barbell is the easy part, but many proudly pierced individuals find putting that dang ball back in place the most frustrating part of all.
Here at BodyCandy.com, we carry a variety of useful tools that can help you get to your perfectly pierced style more smoothly and with minimal stress on the jewelry. You should avoid using household tools to open and close your captive ring because this method can scratch the metal ring leaving a rough surface that can damage your piercing (not to mention it’s not exactly sanitary!).
If you’ve been having trouble handling your captive ball or if your BCR is of a larger gauge size, one of these tools should provide you with exactly the assistance you need:
Ball Removal Tool
This can and will literally save your balls! Many don’t know that this type of tool exists, but it is an essential accessory for any pierced style. It’s small and portable, so you can change styles on the go without worrying about fiddling with tiny ball ends. The ball removal tool has a rubber end that grips the ball to give you a little friction to twist it off from your jewelry without the risk of dropping it. This is a great tool for those with butter fingers or hands too big to handle little pieces.
Ring Opening and Closure Pliers
For stubborn captive rings that need some adjustment, there are a variety of tools that can be implemented to make your life a little easier. Ring opening pliers create enough wiggle room to allow the ball to more easily be placed back in its spot on the ring.
How to Use Ring Opening Pliers:
1. Place nose of pliers into the center of the captive ring.
2. Squeeze the handles together until the captive ring is held fast by the pliers and rests within the appropriate grooves.
3. Squeeze the handles gently until the captive opens just slightly and the captive bead becomes loose. Be careful not to squeeze too much or else the jewelry may be damaged.
Start by using the tool in small increments and then remove the jewelry from the pliers to check the progress (measured by how easy or difficult the ball is to move) so that you don’t bend the ring too far, but just in case you do, we have a tool for that too. Ring closure tools look a lot like the pliers used to open up the jewelry but are used to adjust a ring to make it smaller, just in case you don’t know your own strength and made it too big trying to open it up.
Ball End Grabbers
Since we are well aware that holding onto those tiny balls can be quite damaging to our mental state, lower the risk of a dropped ball with tools specifically designed to keep a tight grip. These types of tools come in different shapes and sizes, so make sure you’re getting one designed for what you need. One option is a tool that has a claw-like grabbing mechanism to grasp ball ends that are rolling around in your jewelry box; another option is a tool that looks a lot like tweezers with rounded tips that are used to hold the ball end while you are maneuvering it into the grooves to fit back into the captive ring.
Next time you have a stylish captive ring in your sights, don’t pass it by. You’ll be able to buy and use this type of body jewelry with confidence knowing you won’t have to fight it to wear it.
Money Shot: 0:24
Thinking about getting your tongue pierced?! Watch as Chris gets his tongue pierced by James at American Skin Art here inBuffalo,NY! The first and very important step of any piercing is ensuring the area to be pierced is clean. Chris starts with a mouth rinse. James then makes sure the tongue is dry, and marks the placement for the piercing. A clamp is used to hold the tongue in place and steady. James then pushes the needle up through the bottom of the tongue. A cork is applied to the tip of the needle on top of the tongue, just to cover up the sharp edge. James then takes the jewelry (a straight barbell) and pushes the needle through the tongue, with the jewelry following right behind. A ball is screwed onto the top and Chris is all set. No sweat!
Healing time: About 4-8 weeks
Jewelry: 14 or 12 gauge straight barbell
Not sure what to get for that hard to shop for person on your list this holiday? Undecided on what direction to go in? Shop the BodyCandy gift guide for our top picks for the modified beauties in your life!
Piercings should be an acceptable part of the work environment, but we know that isn’t true everywhere. Unfortunately many employers still view piercings as “unprofessional,” and may expect you to remove or cover up your body jewelry while on the clock. They can be a health and safety hazard in some industries (fast food, restaurants, jobs that require you to use industrial machinery, etc.) though, and that should be taken into consideration if you decide to get pierced.
If you’re in a field where your safety or the safety of others isn’t at risk due to your piercings, then here’s a few tips on how to hide your piercings and the types of jewelry you can use to make them look less noticeable.
Micro nose rings are a great option if you’re going for the less likely to be noticed approach. Sometimes the reason for covering a piercing is more of a formal appearance standard than discriminating against them altogether. This way you can still be pierced without drawing everyone’s eyes to your piercing. However, if your boss/teacher pays close attention to detail, these might not be the best idea.
If you’re looking for a 100% guaranteed way to hide your piercing, retainers are the way to go. These clear, bioplast rings will make it nearly impossible for someone to notice your piercing. Options like these are also available for tongue piercings, lip piercings and curved barbells for belly button piercings.
Septum piercings are one of the easiest piercings to hide because, depending on the type of jewelry you wear, you can easily flip your septum ring up inside of your nose. Consider choosing from jewelry that is labeled as a septum retainer if you know you may need to do hide your ring for work or school. These rings look awesome when they’re showing too!