Do you think people can see you tongue ring when you talk?

April 20th, 2010

Immediately after the piercing, you will likely experience a lot of swelling and this is the most difficult time to hide your tongue ring.  You will still be able to talk, but due to the swelling, your voice may sound different and some words will be harder to pronounce.  Test this out by eating or sucking on ice for a long time until your tongue feels numb, then try to talk.  Although it’s only a vague comparison, this trick could give you an idea.

To pierce your tongue, the piercer will generally use a titanium or stainless steel tongue ring.  Unfortunately, these are not clear or tongue colored, which makes them more difficult to hide.  After it heals, however, you can change your tongue ring to one that is less noticeable.  Tongue rings come in varying lengths too.  Wearers report that a shorter barbell is easier to hide, but also keep in mind that dentists say that this kind will cause more enamel damage because it is to easy to hold between your teeth.

One other option to hide tongue rings is to get the piercing as far back as possible in the tongue.  This is not always the best technique because the placement of the ring depends largely on the location of veins in your tongue.  Your professional piercer can help you determine where the tongue ring can go.

The swelling will begin to subside within a few days and your tongue should return to normal in about a week.

T.C. Kuster

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