In case you don’t know, a Smiley piercing (also called a lip frenulum piercing) is a perforation in the web underneath the top lip.
You know, that bit of skin which connects the top lip to the gum.
Cute and quirky looking, the smiley piercing has gained popularity over the past few years.
As with all oral piercings, there are certain things you should know before getting this piercing done. This piercing comes with it’s own risks; some of them are preventable if you look after it well.
To help you out, I have made this Smiley piercing information guide.
I will show you all the main things there are to know about the frenulum piercing.
How much does it hurt?
So therefore, this piercing is not too high on the pain scale. The small amount of pain you do feel will be over with very quick. It will feel like a quick pinching sensation.
Many people claim that the clamp hurts more than the needle itself!
If you want to get this piercing, please make sure to have it done by someone who knows what they are doing. You do not want to get an infection in this area.
What are the risks of the smiley piercing?
As an oral piercing, the smiley comes with it’s own set of unique risks.
Wearing certain types of jewelry, such as ball closure rings can rub on the gums and cause gum recession which can be serious and cause tooth loss.
Your jewelry my also rub against your teeth and wear down your tooth enamel.
If you notice any dental problems you should consult your dentist immediately and consider either changing your jewelry to a curved barbell.
Smiley piercings have been known to be at risk of rejection and migration. If you notice your piercing is sitting differently on your teeth or feels extra sore, you should remove it.
How do you care for a smiley piercing?
Here are some tips for caring for your smiley piercing:
- Rinse with non-alcoholic mouthwash or saline solution (sea salt in warm water) after meals and before bed
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid spicy, hot or acidic foods
- Avoid kissing and oral sex
- Always wash your hands before touching
- Avoid swimming as the water harbours bacteria
- Make sure you have chosen sensible jewelry
By following these steps you will reduce the risk of infection.
Get more detailed smiley piercing aftercare instructions here.
How long does it take to heal?
The smiley piercing will take about 6 to 9 weeks.
This will vary from person to person.
Look after your piercing properly and the healing process will be quicker and less painful. Follow the steps above.
You should be rinsing your mouth out at least 3 times a day for the entire duration of the healing process.
What are the signs of infection?
During the healing process of this piercing it is perfectly normal to experience a certain degree of soreness, swelling and pain.
If you notice any more severe symptoms you may have an infection.
Symptoms of an infected smiley:
- Excretions of foul smelling or green, grey or black pus
- Extreme pain, swelling or tenderness
- Severe non-stop bleeding
- Bad breath or weird taste in mouth
If you notice one or more of these symptoms do not hesitate to see your piercer or doctor as soon as possible. Infection can be dangerous so please take this seriously.
What jewelry should you wear?
Since the smiley is an oral piercing, you should select your jewelry very carefully.
Do not wear a ball closure ring or similar for too long as it will erode your gums and teeth.
You could always go for a curved barbell, these do not rub on the actual tooth and gum line quite as much but are still visible when you smile.
Wear jewelry made from a high quality metal. You could get away with using 316L surgical grade stainless steel. This is fine for most people but occasionally causes reactions as it contains traces of nickel.
If you have had a reaction to your jewelry in the past, be careful and choose a different material, such as the following:
- Dental acrylic
Note: Always sterilize new jewelry before wearing it!
The smiley piercing needs to be cared for very well if you are going to avoid the problems I mentioned above.
It will be worth it as once you are fully healed you can enjoy your new piercing.
You will have a new sparkle in your smile, making you look unique and fun. Show off your piercing when you’re on a night out and hide it when you’re at work (if your boss doesn’t like piercings).
If you have any more tips, experiences or questions, let me know by leaving a comment below.
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