Tongue Rings

What is the Best Tongue Ring for Me?

Tongue Ring

By Anya Petrova, European Piercing Expert

Different Tongue Rings

Tongue rings come in a variety of styles, each with its own unique look and feel. Here are some of the most popular types:

  • Barbell: A straight bar with a ball or bead on each end.
  • Circular barbell: A curved bar with a ball or bead on each end.
  • Horseshoe: A U-shaped bar with a ball or bead on each end.
  • Labret stud: A straight post with a flat disc on one end and a ball or bead on the other.
  • Snake eyes: Two labrets connected by a chain.

Choosing the Right Tongue Ring

The best tongue ring for you will depend on your personal preferences and anatomy. Consider the following factors when choosing a ring:

  • Size: The ring should be snug but not too tight. It should fit comfortably in your mouth without rubbing or pinching.
  • Shape: The shape of the ring will affect how it looks and feels in your mouth. Some shapes are more comfortable than others.
  • Material: Tongue rings are typically made of stainless steel, titanium, or gold. Choose a material that is hypoallergenic and won’t irritate your mouth.

Getting a Tongue Ring

Getting a tongue ring is a relatively simple procedure. It is important to find a reputable piercer who uses sterile equipment and follows proper safety protocols.

The piercer will first clean your tongue and mark the spot where the ring will be placed. They will then use a needle to pierce the tongue and insert the ring.


After getting a tongue ring, it is important to follow proper aftercare instructions to prevent infection and promote healing.

  • Rinse your mouth with a salt water solution several times a day.
  • Avoid eating spicy or acidic foods.
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol.
  • Get regular checkups with your piercer to ensure that the ring is healing properly.


Tongue rings can sometimes cause complications, such as:

  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Chipping or breaking of teeth
  • Nerve damage

If you experience any of these complications, it is important to see a doctor or piercer immediately.


Tongue rings are a popular form of body modification. They can be a great way to express your individuality and style. However, it is important to choose the right ring and follow proper aftercare instructions to avoid complications.

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