Piercers insert jewellery into initial labret piercings that is large enough to allow for swelling during the healing period of six to eight weeks. Most of the swelling in your labret piercing will cease after two to three weeks. After the swelling has gone down you should change your jewellery. Wearing long jewellery, or jewellery of a large circumference, can cause problems with your teeth and gums from contact with the metal.
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- Labret jewellery
Wash your hands before touching your labret jewellery. Ask your piercer for the gauge and length or circumference of your labret ring before purchasing new jewellery, and purchase new jewellery from your piercer so you know it is an appropriate size for your piercing. Piercing jewellery cannot be returned after purchase.
Determine what type of labret jewellery is in your piercing. Appropriate jewellery for a labret piercing are captive bead rings, flat-back labret studs and circular barbells. Flat-back studs have three parts: a ball that is visible on the outside of the lip, a post inside the piercing channel and a disk that lies flat on the inside of your lip. A captive bead ring is a hoop containing one bead held in by pressure. Circular barbells have a horseshoe shape, with two beads that screw on and off at the open ends.
Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash.
Remove the jewellery. For flat-back labret studs, hold the back disk inside your mouth while turning the ball on the front to the left. As the ball loosens, you will see threads on the ball. Remove the ball completely from the post. Pull the post out of your labret piercing from the inside of your mouth, with your fingers gripping the disk.
Hold a circular barbell on the curved section of the post. Turn one of the beads to the left until the threads are exposed and the bead comes off the post. Pull the circular barbell out of your mouth by holding the other, bead on the jewellery.
For captive bead rings, push the bead out of the ring with your thumb. Tilt the ring at a slight angle while one side of the bead opening is visible on the front of your labret piercing. Push the ring back and up to remove the ring from your lip.
Remove beads from your new labret jewellery and insert into your labret piercing. Reverse the removal process to insert the new jewellery. Tighten beads once you insert the jewellery to ensure the beads or ball will not fall out or off.
Tips and warnings
- Ask your piercer to change your labret jewellery for you if the process makes you queasy.
- Place a stopper in the drain if you are changing your jewellery at home to avoid losing a piece of jewellery.
- Never share labret jewellery with anyone, as this may cause infection or spread disease.
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