Tongue piercings are a popular way to express yourself. Many people pierce their tongues, but unlike many other facial piercings, it often seems that the options for tongue piercing jewelry are limited. Don’t worry, though. There are plenty of fun and creative tongue piercing jewelry options!
Because your mouth is used to eat, drink, and talk, the shape, and style of the piercing is typically a straight barbell. Tongues are almost always pierced at 4 gauge (1.6 mm), but it is possible to stretch them to larger gauges, both for comfort and fit, as well as for a different look.
Most of the individuality in your tongue piercing jewelry options, though, will come from the type of beads you choose for the ends of the barbell, as well as with the length of the barbell. Tongues are generally pierced with a longer bar, in order to accommodate the swelling that takes place immediately after the piercing. You can leave the longer bar in, or for a more comfortable, less clunky and visible option, once the piercing has healed fully, you can switch to a shorter bar.
You can also find any number of beads for the ends of the barbell. They come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. One tongue piercing jewelry option is to use a short barbell with beads which lie flat on the top of the tongue, giving the appearance of a stud, rather than a barbell. They even make “no see” beads for situations where you may not want your tongue ring to be prominently visible. These are particularly helpful, as tongue piercings are very quick to close, so it is better to leave a barbell in with “no see” or subtly colored beads than to take the barbell out for your eight-hour shift at work, or the weekend of your family reunion.
If a barbell is not flashy enough for your taste, there are other options for piercings which will give you even more tongue piercing jewelry options. For example, what is called venom piercings are two side by side piercings along the tongue. This allows you to use two barbells, either with matching or unique beads on each. Similar in appearance, but slightly different is a horizontal piercing, which while it can look like a venom piercing, is actually one piercing, but with the openings side to side on the tongue, rather than through the top and bottom. For these piercings, you will typically use a curved barbell, rather than the straight barbell. Another option is to pierce either closer to the tip of the tongue, or the membrane connecting the tongue to the back of the throat. In these cases, curved barbells or hoops can be used instead of a traditional straight barbell. A final option for the truly bold and brave is to have multiple piercings done and create a pattern using different barbells throughout.
Whatever you decide, know that there are plenty of tongue piercing jewelry options out there.
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