If your school does not allow tongue piercings there are various different ways that you can hide your piercing. Tongue retainers are cheap and widely available, so you can stock up on a few or experiment with a few different types before finding the right tongue retainer for you.
The easiest thing about hiding your tongue piercing is its location â€“ when your mouth is closed no one can even see it! If no one at school knows about your tongue piercing the best advice is to keep quiet about it and use a tongue retainer right from the beginning. That way, no one will have the chance to find you out. There are a few different types of tongue retainers and they all have their different advantages. In the end it often comes down to the way they feel. Your mouth is very sensitive and different people will find different tongue retainers comfortable to wear.
Acrylic Tongue Retainers
These acrylic dome tongue retainers are a great option for school or work. They consist of a straight bar with a half-dome on either end. They come in three colours and you can barely feel them in your mouth. I recommend the clear tongue retainer but some people can get away with either the pink or orange versions. Whether or not you find these tongue retainers comfortable varies from person to person. Some people find that the edges of the dome press into their tongue while other people find them really comfy.
This acrylic O-ring tongue retainer is probably the simplest type of tongue retainer available. It consists of a straight barbell with a little O-ring on one end. It is very hard to spot and practically disappears against the surface of your tongue. The O-ring is much smaller than a ball, so there is simply less of the retainer for people to spot.
If you go with this type of tongue piercing retainer I recommend buying a few spare O-rings. They get lost easily and if you drop one on the carpet, itâ€™s gone for good! I recommend changing your acrylic O-ring tongue retainer over a sink of water â€“ the O-ring will float on the water if you drop it.
BioFlex Tongue Retainers
I recommend BioFlex tongue retainers if your piercing is easily irritated. BioFlex is the most biocompatible material available for tongue retainers and is known to reduce healing times for tongue piercings. It is also flexible and non-stick, so plaque doesnâ€™t stick to it. I love this non-stick feature so much that I wear a silver BioFlex barbell as my regular tongue bar â€“ Iâ€™ve had it for 10 months and still no plaque build-up!
BioFlex tongue retainers are sold as various different parts that you can mix and match. I recommend starting with a clear BioFlex barbell. This one comes with a ball on one end and you can put either an O-ring or a push-fit BioFlex ball on the top. The O-rings will be smaller and more discrete but the balls will stay on more firmly. Both the BioFlex barbell and the push-fit balls are also available in white, black, flesh-tone and brighter colours like purple and red.