’smiley’ piercing questions.

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Friday January 16th, 2009 @ 9:06 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

i have a couple questions regarding upper lip frenulum piercings (’smiley’/’scrumper’) and i thought ‘why not?’ since there doesn’t appear to be any questions on here referring to them, anyway.

first question: is it virtually impossible to heal a smiley? i say virtually because i’ve seen some pretty… weirdly placed piercings heal up. so basically what are the chances of it actually healing is what i’m trying to ask, i suppose.

second question: how long, on average, do they last without rejection?

third question: are gum erosion/teeth problems highly common when having this piercing?

thank you very much for your time. :)

It is certainly not impossible to heal up a lip frenulum piercing! In fact, they tend to heal up quite quickly. It’s a very thin bit of tissue making it a relatively small wound and oral tissue tends to heal up nicely.

Unfortunately due to the instability of this thin tissue, frenulum piercings are prone to migrating out moreso than other piercings would. Wearing a ring in as small a diameter as possible for your anatomy will help lessen this risk as will the aftercare, jewelry material and how you wear it. Pulling the jewelry and playing with it will increase the risk of it migrating down and out.

When considering a lip frenulum piercing, it is important to consider the risk that there may be risk to oral tissue as a result of having jewelry rubbing against it constantly.


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73 Responses to “’smiley’ piercing questions.”

  1. My smiley piercing was the easiest to heal, by far… even easier than lobe piercings. It was a bit sore and swollen for the first day, but after that it was virtually painless.

    However, I did remove it for a dentist appointment a few months later, and it closed up.

    If you want to read my experience, it’s on my IAM page. I think it’s fairly well detailed.

    Rhiannon on January 25th, 2009 at 1:40 am
  2. Sorry, the IAM link above is messed up. This one should work. :)

    Rhiannon on January 25th, 2009 at 1:41 am
  3. I have my smiley done about a year and a half now and it hasnt fallen out yet :)It has migrate downwards a little over time though. I wear a 1.2mm jewelled flatback BCR in it, its really comfortable and looks good.
    I was really easy to heal, mine took about 2-3 weeks with daily salt water rinsing and taking care not to hit it with toothbrushes. Its only a tiny bit of skin, pain is minimal and healing is easy. I havent experienced any enamel or gum erosion either. Go for it :D

    SheSaidDestroy on January 28th, 2009 at 7:39 pm
  4. I am a RDH
    We had a young girl come in today with a smiley.
    Terrible abrasion on her front teeth and a forming gap.
    She has had the piercing less than a year.

    Arielle on June 25th, 2009 at 9:27 pm
  5. i had one for 7 months, yeaaars ago…self done in a terrible manner, with terrible jewelry, and it still healed up just fine, and didnt seem to be migrating while i had it. however, it WAS retired due to gum erosion. so i suppose give one a shot, and if you start experiencing any itchy-irritating feelings in your gums, or wear on your teeth, remove it asap!

    i sure miss mine, and have though about trying it again some time, properly pierced with better jewelry, but i still doubt my anatomy will allow one :(

    andrea on August 5th, 2009 at 1:22 am
  6. I HAVE HAD MY SMILEY FOR A YEAR NOW WENT TO HAVE IT TAKEN OUT AT A PIERCING STUDIO AND IT HAS SO MUCH PLAQUE BUILT UP OVER THE YEAR THAT HE COULDN’T GET IT OUT SO NOW I HAVE TO TRY AT HOME WITH NEEDLE NOSE PLIERS AND HOPE I CAN GET IT OUT. IT HEALED QUICK AND NEVER HURT OR CAUSED ANY TEETH OR GUM PROBLEMS.

    JZ on September 25th, 2009 at 2:54 pm
  7. I had my smiley for a year, it was so dirty I took it out, and I realised the damage it had done to my gums and it stayed out. I regret it, a lot

    Joe on November 10th, 2009 at 6:53 pm
  8. i had my smiley pierced about three weeks ago and it has healed really well. the bcr i had it pierced with is really neat and small but the ball in it, although tiny was really annoying as it rolled about and made it move quite a lot. a week after i purchased a jewelled clip-in disc and went back to my piercer and he changed it for me and it’s been loads better since. can’t tell it’s there and it does rub on my teeth or anything. my best friend has had hers pierced for around 8 years and the only damage she has experienced is a small dent in her gum where the ball presses. she is able to change the ring and the ball whenever she wants with no problems and just recommended that i clean it with an electric toothbrush to get rid of the plaque build-up. i am hoping with the disc i will avoid this but the first signs of any damage to my teeth or gums and i will be removing it

    born2misbehave on November 24th, 2009 at 5:08 pm
  9. I got mine pierced a few weeks ago and it healed up pretty fast. The only problem I have is the dent in my gums from the ball.

    Stephanie on January 25th, 2010 at 10:41 am
  10. I would like to add that I’ve had smiley for about 3 years 7 months. There doesn’t seem to be any signs of migration. (the hole does look a little large compared to the jewelry, but I had it pierced at a 14 gauge, but changed it to a 16. I find if I have to remove it for any reason, there is no struggle with the 16 to get it back in as there is with a 14. it is also easier to get the bead back on with the 16)

    no gum erosion, no teeth damage. when it gets plaquey, I simply dip a q-tip in mouth was and give it a clean. this has been by far the easiest piercing to heal, it’s never been sore or infected. and it’s quite the conversation starter and most employers go with the whole “if it’s IN your mouth, you don’t have to take it out” rule.

    it makes me sad to know that so many people are having such problems with yours. I guess I just have the proper mouth for it and got it pierced very well (RIP Andy).

    Jasmine on March 14th, 2010 at 11:01 am
  11. i got my smiley pierced today.. i didnt realise it could cause tooth or gum problems, then a few of my friends were like oh no! why did you get that pierced? that wrecks your teeth!
    now im really worried because i keep hearing it scraping on my teeth and it makes me cringe
    i really like the piercing though!
    do you think its a good idea not too keep it in for longer than a few months to avoid any damage to my teeth??

    Bethan on May 4th, 2010 at 5:45 pm
  12. i would always take the balls off the ring and it fell out one day and closed soooo fast. i had it for about 6 months and it never caused any damage to my gums or teeth. and it never migrated down and i played with it constantly. i want to get it redone but im not sure if it caused scar tissue or anything so im kinda iffy D:

    Nina on May 10th, 2010 at 2:41 pm
  13. I got mine done just this weekend and it’s fine. The difference I got from most people who have this done is I got a bar, not a ring, so I barely notice it except when I smile.

    Jess on May 24th, 2010 at 5:54 pm
  14. I just did my smiley yesterday night. It was painless and simple. Possibly the best piercing I’ve got. What I’m scared of is using the wrong jewlery. what should I use, Right now its got a straight small barbell in it, should I use a curved one?

    Stephanie on May 29th, 2010 at 12:24 pm
  15. I’ve recently gotten mine pierced, and I have a friend as well with hers done. She has had no damage to her teeth or anything. No problems at all. Mine, has been also perfectly fine. It was pierced with a 16g, and the jewelry that I have in, has a silicon back, so that when it’s against my teeth, it doesn’t damage them.

    Sarah on June 12th, 2010 at 12:58 pm
  16. I got mine about 6/7 months ago. Healing it was a breeze. Definately my favourite piercing. I could tell it was causing some gum damage though, a few months after getting it. And now that I put my original jewellry back in, I can see that it’s migrated quite a bit. I still can’t seem to give it up, even though it’s not the best for my gums and teeth.

    **It can definately cause some serious damage to your mouth! I’m not trying to scare anyone, but this piercing ( like most other oral piercings) can cause your teeth to get worn down, gum receding, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, etc etc. If you keep it in too long, and all of the above is happening, you may even lose a tooth… If you’re planning on getting this, make sure you’re 100% ready for the potential consequences!

    Ninja on July 5th, 2010 at 5:14 am
  17. i wanna get a smiley but i already have really bad teeth there soft and get damaged easily is there any way i can work around this?? mayb a smaller ring?? im getting my nipple done on the same day any advice?? :D

    ashling on July 14th, 2010 at 7:32 am
  18. i had my smiley periced today and when i smile you cant really see it , is it because my lips swell up a bit? or do i need a longer bar for it too show?

    ella on July 18th, 2010 at 12:19 pm
  19. I love my teeth, just got my braces off & I don’t want to mess them up in any way. I was going to get mine done but now I’m reconsidering.

    Meredith on July 27th, 2010 at 4:30 pm
  20. I’ve also just got my braces off and I really want my smiley done. With all these stories everything sounds 50/50 with damage :/ Is there any type of piercing barbell thing that will cause the least damage?

    Amber, on August 31st, 2010 at 1:19 am
  21. I was wondering can you get like clear plastic in there? How long til you can change it etc?
    I have a ‘professional’ job so i could get away with it if i could have something very hideable - i get away with my tongue piercing but i think incase it was very noticeable would be helpful to know if i could use a transparent ring or anything?

    Does it feel similar pain-wise to the tongue?
    I enjoyed my tongue piercing and ive enjoyed my lips too, but its such an odd piece of tissue i can’t imagine how it feels?

    Hermione on September 2nd, 2010 at 9:05 am
  22. i got my smiley done a bit before christmas and it seemed fine, no migration or infections or anything, but last night the ring got caught on my boyfriends lipring, and it ripped out (soo painful!) i’m panicking because i don’t know if the skin where it was will grow back?
    i’m really upset i loved my smiley :(

    laura on September 12th, 2010 at 12:50 pm
  23. thinking about getting a smiley, isnt mouthwash reccommended to get rid of plague build up around there?

    Billy on September 19th, 2010 at 10:26 am
  24. I got my smiley done about three days ago. How long do i need to wait before i can change the ring?! The one i have now is unnoticeable and i’m super anxious to change it already!

    DC on September 19th, 2010 at 5:58 pm
  25. I got my smiley done about 3 week ago. I had a curved barbell put in instead though. I haven’t noticed any migration so far, or damage to my teeth.
    It didn’t hurt at all, all I felt was the clamp on the skin, and it wasn’t sore at all after that.
    It is the best piercing I have ever had to be fair.

    Dannn :) on October 29th, 2010 at 9:03 am
  26. i have had my smiley done forr about a year noww i have had it done 3 times in total now the first time i got drunk and it ripped out in my sleep and i didnt feel a think other than the ball at the back of my throught when i woke up the second time i went to the dentist and took it out but forgot to put it back in :/ i have always done my piercings my self and think it is easier than goin paying lots of money to get them done :) mine does not hurt at all now and it heald really really fast to advise any body on the jewellry to wear i wouls wear a moon shaped bar (horse shoe) because you can hardley feel it ther and it does not do anything to your mouth atall but i would get steel balls other wise plastic ones will stain your teeth ….. plus you can only notice mine when i smile really big other wise its hardley noticable :) :) my name is cameron dearden inbox me on facebook for any more info but do not add me as i will just decline you :) sozz :) thanks for readdin <3 xxxxx

    cameron on October 29th, 2010 at 9:06 pm
  27. Got mine done today, so pleased with it! Just wondered if its difficult changing the jewellery for it? :)

    emily on December 4th, 2010 at 12:50 pm
  28. I just got my Smiley done and It is tingling in a weird way. It wasn’t swollen for the first 3 days and now it is swollen. I am doing the salt rinses and stuff but i just don’t know what else i can do cause it doesn’t hurt at all its just weird.

    Morticia on January 20th, 2011 at 1:36 am
  29. I really want my smiley done so my friend said that she would do it for me, however I am wondering if this piercing hurts a lot and if it’s easily infected. I also want to know how quickly the piercing usually heals. If somebody can let me know that would be great!!!

    Breanna on March 2nd, 2011 at 6:18 pm
  30. I have had my smiley piercing for about five months. Perfectly fine, use mouthwash to keep it clean… of course. I am thinking about taking it out for a sport though, kind of bummed. Maybe one day I will get it pierced again. Great piercing though - no problems at all!

    Mari on March 6th, 2011 at 8:50 pm
  31. just did mine my horseshoe is to short to even see it right now though and my fiance was not very happy he was like those reject and you need to stop doing self piercing and he kinda freaked me out i mean i knew they can reject and easily do but reading this i have more faith in it staying so hopeuflly it stays i like it alot and it was so painless but its a little swelled right now not noticable by me but my fiance pointed it out ahh well i tottaly think it was worth it adn the rejection risk

    jess on March 12th, 2011 at 9:29 am
  32. I have had my smiley for about 3 weeks now, I have noticed that it has migrated but only slightly. I did change the ring to a horseshoe b/c the single ball was getting annoying only 2 days after getting it, which might have contributed to the migration. It didnt hurt to get it pierced all that much, there was some slight pain after and when it was messed with, but again it was slight. I think mine is goin to end up migrating out eventually tho:(. It is pretty unnoticeable but when i do notice it i end up messing with it. The only troubles i have had have been with brushing my teeth and changing the way in which I eat.

    Willy on March 29th, 2011 at 1:45 am
  33. hey all. I have had my smiley for over 8 years now and just took it out tonight, the reason for it is I out grew it , I am 32 and have a 3 year old who trys to put his finger in it daily!!!.the only issue I ever had with it was not being able to eat friut like apples plums pears or anthing that you had to take bites out off, did alot of cutting with a knife……. the reason I was lucky to keep it for so long was I took care of it. never played with it kept it clean . the one thing i noticed tonight is now I have a indent of the smiley in my gums, but maybe thats do to my lips are larger then others and the top one had more to push down with…. anyways what i’m getting at is get it if you want it, make sure to get the smallest ring that what i did , didnt want anything to heavy ( had the same ring in for 8 years)and take good care of it and it can last you a long time.

    Ashlin on March 31st, 2011 at 1:08 am
  34. This was the EASIEST & PAINLESS piercing ever. I ate real food right after i did it (dont think eating apples will be the same tho). Its so easy for kids to hide it from their parents and I was so pleased with my results. I think its a very cute piercing- though i am worried about what could happen to my teeth & gums. Also, what will i do when i go to the dentist? :/ I totally agree with the people who say when they first see any signs of damage, ITS COMMING OFF!

    Kim on May 15th, 2011 at 6:48 pm
  35. hey :] today i did my smiley all by myself with proper needle and ring.. i hope everything ends well!! WISH ME LUCK!!!

    misha on May 21st, 2011 at 1:08 am
  36. I’ve had my smiley for about a month, I did it myself and I used a small barbell and I have had absolutely no gum irritation or tooth erosion. I have however had a little bit of migration from constantly playing with it. I love it though one of my favorite peircings(:

    Zoey on June 3rd, 2011 at 4:34 pm
  37. I got my smiley piercd today, my friends and me did it in the family washroom at the mall! I was really nervouse for the pain, but there wasn’t any! Just a little pinch when the needle went through, im hidding it from my parents, I can still play th trumpet with it in, Just wondering, how to I got to the dentist with it in? or do I have to take it out? I dont think ill be keeping it in for long, just because my body rejects things easily. Im getting my ears pierced tomorow, hopefully it will work. Smiley Piercing are supper cute and easy to hide, I have a curved barbell, ment for eyebrows in right now. Use antibarterial mouthwash 4 times a day for 30 secounds. Hope i helped a bit!

    Katelyn on August 10th, 2011 at 2:11 am
  38. I’ve only had my smiley piercing for about 5 months (seems much longer) and I love it. I’ve never met anyone else with it, so I get a lot of attention from it! I have a horse shoe shaped jewelry I guess it’s called? And I want to switch it out for another one, but I can’t get mine out! I’ve tried using pliers to twist the balls and everything and it isn’t budging! I’m freaking out!!!

    Julie on August 24th, 2011 at 7:52 pm
  39. i pierced my smiley in a bit of a drunk situation… oops… but it’s fine :) i woke up yesterday morning an was like ‘what the hell is that!’ then my friend Mikah showed me the video of when i got it done >< haha i love it though ad it looks good :) with the gum and teeth erosion thing, if i even suspect something’s going on.. it’s coming out

    jeess on September 8th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
  40. Dude I’ve had my smiley for years now and a couple days ago I woke up and couldn’t move it because it hurt so bad. It started to feel better so I thought it would be fine. now the skin around it is swelling and its a slight dark red. What is odd is that it doesn’t hurt to move my piercing anymore and it slides readily back and fourth, but there’s an odd smell and the area around looks worse than it does. Should I take it out and clean the shit out of the area? Should I go to a doctor or professional? I’ve been using listerene every night to see if the alcohol helps but it doesn’t seem to be doing much.

    Amber on September 28th, 2011 at 4:18 pm
  41. I got my Frenulum pierced last night. It is awesome, there was no pain and the whole piercing process was so fast! It swells a little every now and then, but when it starts to swell i do a little salt rinse with warm water, and it bring the swelling down right away. I reccommend this piercing. It does not touch my teeth, and i could eat right after. I just need to get used to eating a little differently is all. I am thinking about getting my smiley done next. I love how the webbing piercings are so painless :)

    Jessica on September 30th, 2011 at 3:34 am
  42. Got my smiley pierced 2 days ago. It was completely painless, and no after pain at all. The only problem i can see is that i have a dent in my gum ALREADY from where one of the balls sits. I currently have a bar that is similar to those used for surface piercings. I cant see the dent being pushed out so for the sake of my teeth, and gums, i’m highly considering taking it out.

    dan on October 10th, 2011 at 1:37 pm
  43. I’m 14, pierced my smiley myself with a safety pin about half an hour ago… no pain whatsoever (and I’m a complete wimp - I cried while getting my earlobes pierced) all I can really say is WOAH THAT IS ONE STRETCHY PIECE OF SKIN

    Eimear on October 13th, 2011 at 4:10 pm
  44. i’ve had mine done for about 3 months, i used to have one about 8 months ago but it ripped out because i pierced it myself and i pierced it too far down so it just ripped out very easily.

    since i got it re-pierced i’ve had absoulutly no problems, guys if you’re worried about your teeth, just get a straight bar (eye-brow piercing bars will fit exactly!!) so yeah, i have a straight one and its AMAZING, i use a horseshoe one when i go out for parties.

    jack on November 3rd, 2011 at 4:24 pm
  45. I did my smiley on 11-11-11 and Im having NO problems with it at all!! I decided to go with a short curved earing (like an eyebrow ring w/small balls) cause of where I work and it hasnt bothered me at all!! My lip was alittle swelled the first night but by that morning everything was fine.. For sure one of the fastest healing piercings ive had and Ive got ALOT!! lol I play with it all the time so I think im just going to leave in the short ring for daily wear and when i go out or something change it to the hoop.. I dont have any problems brushing my teeth but was wondering on how to clean it correctly.. If anyone could let me know that would be GREAT!! Hope I helped someone out now if only someone could help me.. :)

    Jessica on November 14th, 2011 at 2:44 am
  46. I got mine done about four weeks ago and I love it ! But I had to take it out because it got infected. I cleaned it everyday so idk what happen. ):

    Carissa on November 25th, 2011 at 3:36 am
  47. I just did my smiley today an it wen well no pain however I read that the smaller the jewelry the better chance it will not reject I have a 16g moon bar in should I change the size ? If so how do I go about this ??

    Teriana on January 12th, 2012 at 12:10 am
  48. I had my smiley PROFESSIONALLY done about 5 years ago. It hasn’t migrated, however, I’m on my third piece of jewelry for it. It was originally a captive, but the little ball sat between my two front teeth and had started forming a gap. I switched to a horseshoe, which was fine for about 2 years. I recently noticed that my gum line was receding because of where the jewelry rubbed and sat. I could also hear it scratching on my teeth when i was eating. I now have the tiniest barbell in it. It’s only been about a week since the change, so I’m waiting to see if it’s causing any problems.
    Someone I know who also had this piercing may now lose her two front teeth. She had a barbell and the wear on the root of her teeth (under the gum) has caused them to be loose and very sensitive. She removed the piercing, but the damage is done and there’s no reversing it.
    It may heal fine for some, but there is still high potential for damage. If you decide to get this piercing, be honest with yourself and monitor any changes, damages or sensitivity. I love this piercing, but if I have any more problems with it, it’s coming out. I’m not willing to trade my two front teeth to have it.

    ava on January 12th, 2012 at 11:39 am
  49. i got mine done the 13 and my friend did it i was wondering what the best kind of ring u should wear? i will say out of all the piercings i have this one is my favorite:)

    leoma on January 15th, 2012 at 4:16 pm
  50. I had a smiley a couple of years ago and it got pulled when I were wrestling with my sister and it migrated about three days after. Now i don’t have that skin-thingy anymore and i can draw my lip over my nose without it “stopping” me D:
    Soooo I wonder can you redo it even if I don’t have the skin piece anymore? Can I take it on the inside of the lip or something like that? :O Because I REALLY miss it!

    Simone on January 27th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
  51. Sorry! I meant it got rejected! It fell out so to speak :O

    Simone on January 27th, 2012 at 2:26 pm
  52. I’m just saying, plaque is easily taken care if with daily brushing and mouth wash. Just clean your damn mouth?

    megan on February 6th, 2012 at 12:47 am
  53. My smiley has like.. extra skin on the left side. Does anyone know what it could be from? Its like a tiny flap.

    K. on March 1st, 2012 at 5:32 pm
  54. I really want a smiley… But I really need to know 3 things..how often do they reject… How painful is it to get done..and what can I tell my mom to make a greater chance of her saying yes.? I need answers o:

    Andi on April 9th, 2012 at 1:13 am
  55. Got my braces off on Thursday the 5th and pierced my Smiley on the 6th, had it in for nearly 2 weeks and it’s healing nicely. I have a rather big Smiley so i doubt it will reject. I absolutely love it!

    Meghan on April 18th, 2012 at 3:20 pm
  56. I pierced my smiley by my self. I Like it and i think its cutee. Because my teeth are kinda ” buckk” but with the smiley my confadence went up. Im 14. And you know how highschool is. Im just afraid the hole is getting too big? I dont pull it. And i take REALLYY Good Care of it. I’ve had it for 3 days and im already worring about if its gunna stretch and fall out

    Cindy on May 29th, 2012 at 3:36 pm
  57. Andi: Tell her that your gunna get a bar. (the ones you can’t see) and bee like Mom You cant even see it. Whats the probblem? Then if she says yes, buy a ball onee. If thats what youu want. Does it hurt? Its different for everyone. If youcan handle pain? Its not that bad. For me I did mine sloww. And it didnt hurtt. Only a little bit afterr.

    Cindy on May 29th, 2012 at 3:39 pm
  58. My smiley is quite the eye catcher. I have had it pierced for three days now, and I already play with it often. I like the piercing, but today it bled. I began to worry. My jewlery (1/4′ 16g SS captive) only allows the ball to lay just above my two front teeth. I am thinking maybe I should let it be, rather than bothering with it. Obvious choice. When it heels, will I be able to mess with it without the piercing migrating?

    chelsi on June 13th, 2012 at 3:06 am
  59. I done mine myself, almost 2 weeks ago. It has healed up perfectly fine. Except, I have a curved bar in it at the moment, and it moves around a lot, which is annoying. Also there is a small dent on my gum, but it is painfree and I can easily change it. :)

    leanne on June 24th, 2012 at 9:13 am
  60. Hey, i got my smiley , it bleed when i got it . It didn’t hurt at all it swell abit but never had pain of anything :DD

    Zara on July 11th, 2012 at 3:19 am
  61. I pierced my smiley with a sewing needle about 6 months ago and it ripped out, it didn’t hurt piercing it or ripping out, I was just upset to loose it. The skin then quickly healed and I re pierced it about two months ago. It hasn’t healed because i’ve done it higher up to stop migration. I don’t really mind, it just hurts when I change it. I got a piece of jewellery stuck in the hole for about a month and it ripped the skin above it, but I’m pretty sure that’s healed up now. I reccomend smileys they’re great and not painful in the slightest.

    Katy on August 24th, 2012 at 11:21 am
  62. If I wear retainers to bed how will getting a smiley affect them?

    Kira on September 2nd, 2012 at 5:55 pm
  63. hey !! Thanks for all these comments, I’m thinking of having it done, but I don’t know if it’ll stay put…and if it hurts !? I think they look so sexy and I really want mine done !! Should I ?!
    Whats the best size to get, what shape, and can you have it if you have braces ? PLEASE HELP !!!!!!!!!!! Thanks x

    Mia on September 26th, 2012 at 2:31 pm
  64. Okay so there’s a freshman in one of my classes and she just got her smiley done.. I told her I really want one & she said she got it done by someone she knows that does piercings and it’ll only be $15.. I only want a small bar, so I can hide it from my parents.. Should I do it?

    Megan on October 1st, 2012 at 11:09 pm
  65. Can i use an eyebrow piercing or lip piercing to put through my smiley?

    Lydia on October 23rd, 2012 at 7:34 am
  66. You can use an curved barbell for it instead of a horseshoe or a hoop. That’s what I ended up doing the first time I had gotten my smiley pierced, only because it was causing a slight dent in my gums, which freaked me out. But I have it pierced again and I’m going to try and keep the hoop in a tad bit longer this time. I think the reason it dents on me is because my upper lip presses down on it. I’m going to see what my artist thinks and then we’ll see :)

    Erika on December 24th, 2012 at 12:54 am
  67. The longest my smiley piercings have lasted is about 5 days, I pierced them deep into the area, and they still migrate downwards, resulting in them literally falling out. Think this may be due to the weight of the horseshoe I have in it though. Just beware when it starts to feel loose or close to the surface, take it out before it rips itself out.

    Kirsty Jane on December 31st, 2012 at 1:02 pm
  68. Had mine In for 10 months it has just come out today the hole in my frenulum had ripped so much it couldn’t hold my hourseshoe barball any longer :( I want it again. Never had any problems with it but when you eat or stretch your mouth the piercing stops you from freely doing so and eventually starts to rip but yeah if you want one GET IT! It’s only dirty because of you so just look after it how you want and enjoy it!

    Sadface on January 3rd, 2013 at 10:10 pm
  69. How long should I wait till I change my Smiley?

    kylie wolfe on February 15th, 2013 at 11:03 am
  70. I really want to get my smiley peirced, and my mum is finally coming round to the idea of it. But she is worried that it will cause heart problems, because dental problems are directly linked to heart problems.

    I was wondering if this causes any long term damage? I know it can leave dents in your gums, but can it also leave dents in your teeth if you have a horseshoe bar with ball on the end of it?

    What is the safest kind of jewellery you can use on it to reduce dental problems?

    Rebecca on March 23rd, 2013 at 4:34 pm
  71. Hello. :)
    I pierced my smiley myself and it didn’t hurt at all. I the jewelry frequently and so far I haven’t had any bad experiences with the pierced area. I’ve had it for about a week. But I noticed something that freaked me out. There was a split from the bottom of the pierced area (the “web” I guess) to the middle of my gums between my gap. ( I have gapped teeth.) Is this normal??? Should I put the jewel back in??? I don’t want to do something far worse than what’s already been done. Any suggestions? Thanks. :)

    Jennica on April 9th, 2013 at 11:05 pm
  72. Everyone says smilie ruined your teeth, but I pierced mine myself and I pierced it higher so it does not touch my teeth AT ALL.

    Faith on June 8th, 2013 at 9:02 pm
  73. Since its such an easy and virtually painless piercing, I usually end up taking it out and letting it heal every four months or so and then repiercing it. (I know, I know. I shouldn’t do it myself) I’m just a bit paranoid and don’t want it to have even the slightest chance of migrating.
    As for erosion, I wear a curved barbell (the kind made for eyebrows) and it doesn’t bother my teeth and I’ve my gums have never felt any different.

    Myranda on June 12th, 2013 at 1:02 am

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