Do you know that there is a tongue piercing type, which is completely hidden? Of course, you can show it off if you like, but otherwise, nobody (like your parents, for example) would ever notice it. This special one is called tongue web.
What Is a Tongue Web Piercing
Tongue web piercing is a perforation of the under tongue webbing (frenulum), located between the tongue and the mouth floor.
The frenulum is a thin tissue, which allows you to speak, and which connects your tongue to the gum plate. This piercing is known under different names, such as tongue frenulum piercing, Marley piercing or underneath tongue piercing.
Should You Go For It
Before getting the tongue frenulum pierced, look at some of its pros and cons:
- Under tongue piercing is one of the painless tongue piercings and it tends to heal relatively fast. So, you are not going to have many problems with it
- You would not get much bleeding when the mouth web piercing is performed, as the frenulum does not have many blood vessels
- Marley tongue piercing does not work for everybody, as it requires enough tissue to get the jewelry fixed. So, if your frenulum is too thin, then you should probably consider another tongue piercing
- Tongue web piercing obviously has its risks. The jewelry may rub against the bottom of the tongue and lower gum, which causes irritation and scratching. However, the probability of this risk depends on your individual mouth architecture
Tongue web piercing should be done only in a professional piercing studio to avoid unwanted complications. First, the piercer should approve that your frenulum is strong enough to hold the jewelry.
If that is done, you should rinse your mouth with non-bacterial mouthwash. Then, the previously clamped tissue should be perforated by a hollow needle. Afterward, the initial jewelry is inserted.
You can watch the actual procedure below.
How Does It Hurt
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Tongue web piercing pain level is usually minimal. Being the least painful tongue piercing, its pain level is barely measured as 3 out of 10 on the pain scale. So, it would not hurt much.
The only discomfort you would experience is the pressure at the moment, when the tissue is perforated.
Healing and Aftercare
Under tongue piercing healing time is relatively short – only 8 – 10 weeks.
However, to avoid possible side effects and to ease the healing process, you should follow certain aftercare rules:
- Wash your hands every time before touching the jewelry for any reason
- Maintain proper oral hygiene and use a soft toothbrush
- Eat only mild and soft foods, such as soups, ice cream, smoothies, etc., until the piercing is healed
- Take care of proper and regular cleaning
Goods to buy for proper aftercare
Piercing aftercare spray – choose if you don’t have time to make saline solution every time you need to clean your piercing
Healing sea salt solution specially for piercing care – choose for diy saline soaks
Dr. Piercing’s medication filled swabs – use in combination with sea salt solution or spray for better cleaning
Organic tea tree oil – use to avoid piercing infection/bump
How to Clean
Remember to rinse your mouth every time after eating, in the morning and before going to bed. You can use non-alcohol antibacterial mouthwash, bought in the shop, or prepare the special saline by yourself. To prepare the liquid, simply put ¼ of a teaspoon of salt into the glass with boiled water. Use the saline to rinse the mouth permanently, until the piercing is healed.
What to Avoid During Healing
Tongue web piercing certainly requires some restrictions, such as:
- Don’t play with the jewelry, as it may irritate the area
- Do not talk too much, at least for the first few days of healing
- Avoid smoking and chewing any kind of gums
- Avoid drinking alcohol and hot drinks
- Do not share your food and drinks with others
- Avoid kissing and having oral sex
- Never remove the initial jewelry by yourself
There are some common risks associated with frenulum piercing:
- Migration. The tongue jewelry could move aside from initial placement, closer to the tissue surface. Or it can even be self-removed from the hole. To prevent this risk, always take care of your piercing, and report to your piercer immediately, if you see that something has gone wrong
- Rejection. Your body does not accept foreign subject sometimes. So, the tissue could try to push away the jewelry. It is quite dangerous, as such process may leave you with scars. To avoid this, try to choose jewelry from non-allergenic metals, such as titanium or surgical steel
- Gum and tooth erosion. As the piercing is placed close to your lower teeth and gum, it can scratch them while moving. Therefore, it is recommended to start with small and tiny jewelry to avoid further complications
You should be aware of how to identify whether your piercing got infected. Here are some signs, that you have to pay attention to:
- Skin is hot and painful to touch
- The frenulum is excessively sore or swollen
- Yellow or green discharge
- Red streaks presence
In case you notice one of these issues, do not attempt to remove the jewelry by yourself. Always go to the doctor or piercer first, to eliminate the problem and to get the proper treatment, if needed.
The Best Jewelry
The nicest tongue web jewelry would be a pretty curved barbell or a cute CBR (Captive Bead Ring). Each of them would look cool and gorgeous under your tongue. Sometimes, your piercer may insert the initial small bar, which is also fine for the first time.
You can choose different size and colors, but try to stick to the recommended metals, such as titanium, silver or surgical steel.
How Much Does a Tongue Web Piercing Cost
- In the US, you would get the frenulum pierced for $30 to $60
- In the UK, you can get a tongue web piercing for £20-£60
- In Europe, the price would be from €25 to €70