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Unique Oral Piercings

Updated on November 27, 2009

An introduction to oral piercings.

Many people are aware of the usual oral piercings. Labret, monroe, and tongue are by far the most populart, but for people wanting something a little different there are many other options available today. Not all oral piercings are for everyone. Some may make it difficult to find a professional job. You should always do your research before getting a piercing done. Oral piercings have a lot of side effects if not done correctly. Getting them done by a professional who has plenty of experience doing what you want done is a must.

Normal, healed Monroe piercing.
Normal, healed Monroe piercing.


 As the name suggests, this piercings was named after Marilyn Monroe. It is sometimes also referred to as a "Crawford". It is done off center, above the upper lip. It is meant to resemble a beauty mark. A double version of this piercing is also done, one on either side, and is called angel bites or anti-bites. (Being the anti-version of the snake bite.) In general the healing time for this piercings is 3-6 weeks.

Healed Medusa
Healed Medusa


 A Medusa piercing is very similar to a labret piercing. It is placed in the philtrum, directly under the septum of the nose. A labret stud is normally used as jewelry. Incorrect placement or jewelry can lead to gum erosion. A variation of this piercing, a jestrum, is done vertically through the lip and a curved barbell is placed so both ends are visible.

Healed Labret Piercing
Healed Labret Piercing
Labret Studs
Labret Studs
Snake Bite
Snake Bite
Spider Bite
Spider Bite


The labret piercing is one of the most common oral piercings. It is placed directly under the lower lip above the chin. A labret stud is used for jewerly. This type of barbell has one flat side that sits flush with the inside of the lip to lower the chance of it rubbing against the gums or being bit. There are many variations to this piercing. The Snake Bite, Viper Bite and Spider Bite are all popular. Healing time varies from person to person, but is generally 6-8 weeks.


Frenulum aka Smiley

This piercing gets it's name from the fact that, well, you can really only see it when you smile. It is done on the frenulum (the little piece of skin that connects you lip to your gums) of the upper or lower lip. If done on the lower lip it is usually referred to as Frowny. The healing time for this is 4-6 weeks. Rinsing with salt water 3-4 times a day can help the healing process.

Venom Bites
Venom Bites
Normal Tongue Piercing
Normal Tongue Piercing


 Aside from the ear, the tongue is the most popular piercing in the United States. It is usually pierced once in the center, but different variations can be done. A straight barbell with plastic or metal balls is usually the jewelry of choice. The tongue heals very fast. Even a healed piercing can close completely in a matter of hours. A larger gauged hole can close in just a few days.



This piercing is normally done to immitate dimples. Quite a bit of research should be done before getting this one done. Cheek piercings tend to have a few problems. Pick a piercer who has experience doing cheek piercings. If not, the salivary glands can be punctured. Depending on the person, a labret stud is the usual jewerly of choice. (I have a normal straight barbell in mine. A tongue ring pretty much. It's much more comfortable since I have somewhat chubby cheeks.) Healing time is around 6-8 weeks.


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