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For those considering this adorable piercing.
A smiley (or sometimes called scrumper) is an upper lip frenulum piercing. It goes through the small thin tissue that connects your upper lip to the middle of your gums.
There are 6 risks and main points of this piercing.
Most common question is "Does it hurt".
Luckily, the tissue of the upper lip frenulum is quite thin and the actual piercing is very fast. Meaning its scored one of the least painful piercings you can get. A lot of people are more surprised by the sound of the jewelry passing through more.
So the jewelry for this piercing has a lot of options. The start size of this jewelry are usually a 16-18 gauge. And they usually use a horseshoe barbell or a Captive Bead Ring.
Once its healed, you're free to change it out.
There are risks to this piercing! :c
For example, when wearing a captive bead ring, the ball has the potential to rub against your gums and teeth. Remove it if this does arise.
Tooth enamel wear is caused by the the jewelry rubbing over your teeth. This a serious risk to consider.
IF YOU'RE THINKING OF DOING IT YOURSELF, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT TO.
1. Due to the risks involved, it requires a high amount of accuracy for its position. 2. If things go bad, you can conpletely tear your frenulum. 3. You're at higher risk of infection and no one wants that.
Smiley piercings fo come with a high risk of migration and rejection as the tissue is very thin and the area is quite small. With this piercing, if you notice that your jewelry starts to move you really need to keep an eye on it.
Consider this a short term piercing.
When you're done getting your smiley, the piercer should give you a print out of proper aftercare procedures.
Its recommended you use Alcohol Free mouthwash after every meal and snack.
Many piercing shops carry a product called H2Ocean. It comes in a rinse and a spray. Sea salt helps with healing.
A lot of this information was based on research and my own personal experience. If you think you have an infection, see your piercer immediately. They can determine whats going on with it. Please see proper medical attention if it is infected.