Cute and relatively painless, smiley piercings are growing ever more popular. This quirky piercing is pierced through the upper lip frenulum – the thin piece of tissue connecting the upper lip to the gum. They are also known as upper lip frenulum piercings, scrumper piercings and scrumpy piercings. They are called smiley piercings because the piercing is only visible when you smile! Smiley piercings pass through a very thin piece of tissue, so they are quick to pierce and rarely hurt much. Despite this, it is still important to visit a professional piercing studio. You can wear either a small BCR, circular barbell or curved barbell in your smiley piercing. Many smiley piercings reject painlessly after a year, so this should not be thought of as a permanent piercing. There is a risk of tooth abrasion and damage, although most smiley piercings reject before this can occur.

How To Care For New Smiley Piercings

To care for your new smiley piercing, simply keep it clean while is heals. Healing time is usually 4 to 12 weeks. During the healing period you should rinse twice daily with a suitable mouthwash and avoid smoking or drinking alcohol, as they both impede the healing process. You should also avoid swimming and kissing, as they can both introduce bacteria to the piercing. If you cannot avoid these activities, rinse your mouth with mouthwash afterwards!

Smiley piercings can cause tooth damage, occurring when the jewellery rubs against your teeth and gums. This damage is often irreversible and it is important to consult your piercer immediately if you notice any change to the area. As mentioned above, most smiley piercings reject before damage can occur, but it is important to be aware of the risk.