Tongue barbells are also called tongue rings. Yes, I know they don’t look nothing like rings, but it’s now become a common description for many body jewelry types – belly button rings, nose rings.
However, the belly rings are actually bananabells, but the nose rings – studs or screws.
And you can’t actually insert a ring into the tongue piercing unless you have it pierced at the very rim. But traditionally you will be able to insert only tongue barbells.
Unlikely other barbells – like belly button barbells – tongue barbells are only straight, they don’t come bent. The reason for this is very simple – there’s not need for it! Your tongue muscle doesn’t require any other shape of a piercing because the piercing goes straight through.
Usually the tongue barbells come into sizes starting from 3/8″ and ending with long 3/4″. Why such a difference in sizes? Well, it’s going to depend on where exactly you have your tongue pierced.
If you have the piercing around the middle of the tongue – you know, the most common location – the tongue barbell’s length will be approximately 10 mm.
If you have the tongue piercing closer to the front of the tongue, the tongue barbell has to be shorter. And, logically, it has to be much longer if pierced further down the tongue.
So why is it so important to have the tongue barbell in the right size? The reason is the following – you have to make sure the tongue ring’s adornment is not going to bother you while speaking or eating. Therefore it must sit closely at the surface of the tongue!
Usually when your tongue is pierced, they insert 12 mm tongue barbell and when the piercing is not swollen anymore, they replace it with a 10 mm tongue ring.
The materials available are titanium, bioplast, stainless steel and gold. The available styles and shapes are so many, that it would take ages to describe them all! You better check them out below and see what you like best!