When a piercing is fully located in the mouth, it means that both the enter and exit holes, as well as jewelry, are placed inside the mouth.
The most typical of these piercings is tongue piercing.
However, this is not the only way to have an oral piercing. A piercing can only be partially located in the mouth while the other side is located on the outside, such as on the lip or cheek.
Oral piercings require special aftercare and close attention because of the sensitive tissue and heightened risk of infections. It’s vital to perform aftercare with great care and to monitor your piercing for any potential problems.
Oral piercings include:
- Tongue piercing.
- Smiley piercing.
- Some rare piercings, such as frowny, uvula and other rare oral piercings.
- Various lip piercings can also be classified as oral piercings, because they are partially located inside of the mouth.
- Cheek piercings can also be considered oral piercings if they are partially located inside of the mouth.
Tongue piercing is among the most popular piercings and by far the most popular oral piercing. This piercing is performed on the tongue, and the placement can vary slightly based on person’s wishes and anatomy. One of the best things about tongue piercing is that it’s relatively painless and it heals quickly.
While it may seem complex or traumatic tongue piercing is actually one of the less stressful piercing types. However, to ensure satisfaction and safety, it’s vital to get pierced by a knowledgeable, experienced piercer.
Smiley piercing is performed on the frenulum of the upper lip, that is, on the thin piece of skin in the middle of the inside upper lip. The skin here is very thin so it pierces easily. When positioned correctly, jewelry is made to sit on the upper lip and partially on the upper teeth.
Typically, this piercing is not visible unless the person smiles or opens mouth wide enough, so this is why it’s called a smiley piercing. Indeed, it can be best seen when the person smiles.
Since the skin is so thin the procedure is quick and this piercing heals quickly. However, it’s important to follow all aftercare instructions carefully in order to prevent infections and other problems.
Typical jewelry for smiley piercing is a small gauge Captive Bead Ring.
There is a number of rare and unusual oral piercings. Some of them are not actually rare among piercing enthusiasts, though they are certainly not as popular as the most common oral piercings. These piercings include frowny, uvula and some more unusual oral piercings.
Some users like to get creative and always seek the way to find new places to be pierced and new, unusual placements. Oral piercings are among those unusual types, though the anatomy of the mouth often makes it difficult to invent new piercing types easily.
Lip Piercings and Cheek Piercings
Most lip piercings are partially located inside the mouth while the other end is located on the outside. Piercings such as labret, Madonna and Monroe, as well as many so-called “bites” piercings (Angel bites, Snake bites, Dolphin bites, and more) are also partially located in the mouth.
What makes these piercings tricky is that they require double aftercare. The part of the piercing and jewelry that lies outside requires aftercare suitable for general piercings while the inside part, the one that lies in the mouth, requires special aftercare suitable for oral piercings.
Cheek Piercings are another type of piercing that resides partially inside the mouth. Similar to lip piercings, part of the jewelry is outside the body, this time located on the cheeks, while the inside part is inside the mouth and it’s considered oral piercing.