Are you interested in oral piercings? You should if you love piercings! New York Times said it is without a doubt that oral piercings are back; subtle and sophisticated. The smiley piercing is one of the most popular oral piercings around this year. This is why we researched everything you need to know about this piercing for you; the inspiration of smiley piercing jewelry, the procedure, cost, and the best aftercare.
What is a Smiley Piercing?
The Smiley Piercing is also known as the scrumper. Its technical name is “upper lip frenulum piercing”. If you fold your upper lip up, you will see a small thin tissue in the middle that connects your lip to your gums. The thin line is called frenulum and the smiley piercing is placed into that thin tissue. It is a piercing that is only visible when you smile. It is a type of oral piercing that is completely safe but there are some risks for you to watch out for as it is an oral piercing where bacteria could grow because of food or drinks.
Pain and Procedure
In the process of piercing, the positioning of the hole is very important. Your piercer will place it in the area where the ball on your jewelry will just sit right above your gum line. This becomes very crucial and risky because you do not want to cause excess rubbing onto your teeth and gums. As you see in the video, it as a pretty quick piercing and it rarely hurts much. The general consensus is that is among the least painful piercings.
Smiley Piercing Jewellery Examples
There are plenty of jewelry options when you want to change your smiley piercing. Often, it is the small size gauge that is used as smiley piercing jewelry. The types of jewelry used are horseshoe barbell, circular barbell, curved barbell, and captive bead ring. Check out the collection of fabulous smiley jewelry below.
As we always say, the cost would always depend on your choice of a piercing shop but it would normally range around $30 to $80.
Smiley Piercing Aftercare
You need to know that many smiley piercings have a tendency to reject after a year, so it is not a permanent piercing. The rejection though is painless. And if you are curious if this piercing can damage your teeth, yes it can. If you notice any, it is advisable to consult your piercer.
The healing time for smiley piercing commonly takes one to three months. The pain from a smiley piercing will generally last 3-4 weeks. During the healing period, it is important for you to wash your mouth at least twice a day with a mouthwash.
Smiley Piercing Aftercare Instructions
Proper aftercare must be observed during the healing period. It is always necessary that you should clean your piercing regularly in order to avoid any infections and injuries. Simply follow these instructions so won’t delay the healing of your piercing.
- Step One
Rinse your mouth with a saline mouthwash. This is very effective in preventing any infections. Do this in the morning and also in the evening.
- Step Two
Regardless if you have a lip piercing, it is also necessary that you should brush your teeth. However, you should do it carefully and avoid brushing over your piercing.
- Step Three
Since your smiley piercing is not yet completely healed then you should avoid spicy foods since this can cause irritation and inflammation.
- Step Four
- Do not play with your jewelry.
- Step Five
To avoid plaque formation, brush the piercing area near the jewelry.
Suggested Aftercare Products For Smiley Piercing
When your smiley piercing is healing, it is advisable that you should skip using mouthwash since this can make your piercing painful. However, you must not stop brushing your teeth at least two times a day. Obviously, you don’t want to have a cavity just because you had a smiley piercing. But using a mint flavored toothpaste can be very hot for your piercing, hence, you should choose a milder flavor. A toothpaste with a bubblegum flavor is the best option. You can find this children’s section of the toothpaste department.
Be sure to buy a new soft gentle toothbrush as soon as you get your smiley piercing in order to avoid any infections. Oral-B Sensi-Soft Toothbrush can do the job well. During the first stages, it can be a bit tender. Likewise, considering that the frenulum is very delicate, it is recommended that you must be gentle and avoid exerting unnecessary pressure.
Be sure to rinse your mouth with a saline mouthwash such as H2Ocean Arctic Ocean Rinse Mouthwash. This mouthwash is alcohol-free and contains xylitol. It can help in healing your piercing quickly. If you do not want to make your own mouthwash then you should consider using H2Ocean.
H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray
It is made of 82 elements and minerals. Anyone can use it since it is safe to use on any skin types. Clean your piercing with H2Ocean Piercing Spray to safely eliminate any discharge and lymph secretions.
Smiley Piercing Aftercare Tips
Since the Smiley Piercing is placed in a very unusual and sensitive area, it is important to handle its healing with utmost care. This is also to avoid any infection. Below are some tips you should do:
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol since these can impede the healing process
- As much as you want to, you need to avoid kissing torridly
- Avoid swimming since it can accumulate bacteria in your mouth
- Gargle with warm salt water after every meal
- Be careful when brushing your teeth
- Avoid playing with the jewelry.
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Hello! My name is Emily and I obsessed with piercings (and tattoos) since I was a little girl of 6 years old. I was fortunate enough to make my passion my work after meeting my amazing husband Jeffrey who owned his own tattoo shop. I just recently finished my internships at some of America’s most famous piercing shops and a dream to start something together was born. After falling in love with each other (and each other’s piercings and tattoos) we decided to expand his tattoo shop and I got to manage my own piercing shop in the same space! I’ve never been so happy being able to share my love for piercings through my shop and this blog I started back in 2013. We love to share models and inspiration, so feel free to email me your suggestions, pictures or if you just want to say hi!