Industrial barbell with multi-gem acrylic colored balls, 12 ga
shown: 1 1/2" (38mm) length
Quotes from Piercing FAQ
Tongue jewelry is most visible when the wearer is laughing and eating and yawning. Placement is also a factor. The further back the placement the less visible it will be when you are talking. However, placement must be determined based on anatomical factors first and aesthetics second.
Opting for colored balls will reduce visibility. Colored titanium or niobium barbells with colored Labret discs in place of balls will greatly minimize visibility. Unfortunately titanium and niobium jewelry will fade and lose color over time. Plastic or acrylic which has been colored with vegetable dye will also lose its color over time. Plastic and acrylic cannot be autoclaved and hence cannot be worn in a new piercing. Plastic balls can break if bitten hard enough.
A few manufacturers have designed tongue and Labret piercing retainers in acrylic, typically a flat disk on one end (bottom) and a groove to fit a rubber o-ring on the other (top). Alcohol will destroy acrylic with frequent or prolonged exposure.
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