Body piercing is a way of life. Showing off your personality through piercings, body modification and body jewelry is expressive and liberating. Choosing a piercing is an independent decision that makes you who you are and we love to see it. If you’re considering a lip piercing, a mouth piercing or specifically a smiley piercing, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about getting your lip frenulum piercing including jewelry for smiley piercings, piercing aftercare, the smiley piercing procedure, piercing pain and more.

Smiley Piercing

Smiley Piercing

Smiley Piercing Location
A smiley piercing (also known as a lip frenulum piercing) is a inner lip piercing that runs through the thin layer of skin that connects your upper lip to the top of your gums. You can feel this piece of tissue by keeping your lips closed and pushing your tongue upward in front of your teeth. This piercing is called the smiley piercing because it’s most visible when you smile.

Smiley Piercing Process
This piercing is typically performed with a standard piercing needle. Speak with a professional for full details of a smiley piercing procedure.

Healing Time: About 4-8 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Horseshoe rings, Captive bead rings, Seamless captive rings

Smiley Piercing FAQS

Q: Can everyone get a smiley piercing?
A: We recommend speaking with a professional piercer to determine whether or not you qualify for this type of upper lip piercing. Some limitations may include but are not limited to dental procedures, a lip frenulum that is too small, or gum disease.

Q: Does a smiley piercing hurt?
A: The pain level of an upper lip frenulum piecing depends on your pain tolerance. It is possible to experience pain with all piercings, so we recommend consulting a piercing professional to discuss the different ways piercings hurt, and pain management before getting this piercing.

Q: How do I clean my smiley piercing?
A: Piercing care is essential to ensuring your smiley piercing heals properly. We recommend speaking with your piercer for information on how to clean your piercing and jewelry and to get more information on how to prevent an infected smiley piercing and smiley piercing pain. When it comes time to change your jewelry, be sure to wash your hands and clean your piercing thoroughly. For more information on how to clean your piercing and jewelry, visit our blog.

Q: How much does a smiley piercing cost?
A: Smiley piercing cost depends on your location and the shop you’ll be attending.

Q: How do I pierce my lip frenulum at home?
A: You don’t! It is essential that you let a licensed piercing professional perform this piercing. This will help minimize the chance of infection and rejection and make your healing process go as smoothly as possible.

Q: Do smiley piercings last forever?
A: You should consult a piercing professional to get a timeline on how long your smiley piercing will last. Since the lip frenulum is very thin, there is a chance this piercing will not last long-term, but everyone’s body is different.

Q: How long does a smiley piercing take to heal?
A: Healing time varies, but the lip frenulum typically heals within 4-8 weeks. Talk to your piercer about ways to keep your piercing healthy and clean during the healing process. Be sure to continue brushing your teeth normally and rinse your mouth thoroughly with any type of oral piercing.  Staying consistent with piercing aftercare will help ensure the smiley piercing heals properly.

Q: When can I change my jewelry?
A: You should avoid changing your smiley piercing jewelry until your piercing is completely healed. Talk to your piercer for more information on when you can safely change your jewelry style and update your piercing jewelry.

Q: What are the types of jewelry for smiley piercings?
A: Smiley frenulum piercings typically look best with horseshoe rings or captive bead rings, or seamless rings (circular barbells.) With so many different types of jewelry, you can have the jewelry style you’ve always dreamed of. 

Q: Why shouldn’t I get a smiley piercing?
A: If you’re questioning whether or not a smiley frenulum piercing is the best body piercing for you, we recommend talking to a professional piercing about the pros and cons. You can also check out more mouth piercings on our blog to help decide with body modification is best for you.

Now that we’ve given you the rundown on everything you need to know about smiley piercings, it’s time to take the leap! Remember to discuss all of your concerns with a piercing professional before getting pierced and visit Spencer’s for all of your body jewelry needs.

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