Scrumper Piercing



Get your scrumper piercing at Black Line Studio, Toronto with comfort and confidence, knowing that Black Line Studio piercers are ranked number one in Toronto. We pride ourselves in being nominated as “Toronto’s Best Tattoo Artist, Best Piercing Studio, and Best Tattoo Studio” by NOW Magazine! We provide an impeccably sterile, hygienic service and environment, in excess of Toronto Public Health Standards and Guidelines. Our piercing professionals come with a wealth of training and experience which allows customers to achieve the look they desire with ease and excitement. Black Line Studio looks forward to giving you the best scrumper piercing service and result in Toronto!

Piercing Location

Sometimes called a “smiley piercing” as it shows every time the wearer smiles, this piercing’s peekaboo styling gives it a unique edge and definitive look. To achieve a scrumper piercing, the small fold of tissue at the upper lip which connects to the middle of the upper gums, also known as the upper frenulum is carefully perforated. Generally speaking, the frenulum itself is rather thin, and some cannot get this area pierced. Individuals with braces will also need to wait to have the equipment removed before getting one. The piercing itself is not very painful, although some report it as being more so than a typical lip piercing. A scrumper piercing is seen as a temporary style not meant for permanence, and has an expected lifespan of 1-3 years.

Jewelry Options

Your piercer will guide you through the exciting process of selecting your favourite piece of jewelry. Scrumper piercing jewelry style options include: captive bead rings, horseshoe or curved barbell. Black Line Studio does not advise removal of jewelry for at least 4 to 6 weeks post your piercing service. Whether before or after the piercing is completely healed, when it comes to changing the jewelry, we recommend that you consult with your piercer


When following Black Line Studio’s after care protocol, the healing time for a scrumper piercing is typically 2 to 3 months. A scrumper piercing heals quickly, yet proper care and attention are still necessary to ensure the process goes smoothly. Use saline solution or sea salt dissolved in warm water to regularly rinse the piercing between meals and before bed. Avoid alcohol and mouthwashes containing alcohol during the healing window. Smoking can also lead to infection in the area and rejection of the piercing. Extreme temperatures and spicy foods will make the piercing sensitive, and can lead to irritation. Do not touch the piercing with your hands or tongue, and refrain from any oral activity, such as kissing. If there is redness, swelling, or pain in the area, an infection is likely, and should be addressed promptly. The jewelry used by your piercer should be kept in until the site has completely healed.

If there is migration or rejection of the jewelry during the healing process, it will need to be removed. Discoloration or receding gums will also be a signal that it’s time for the piercing to go. Although a scrumper piercing is famous for its brief lifespan, wearers typically anticipate this, and enjoy the eye-catching jewelry while it lasts.

Contact Black Line Studio at [email protected] to book your appointment for the best scrumper piercing in Toronto, or any piercing on the ear, mouth, face or body – we look forward to seeing you at the studio!

Frequently Asked Questions

Well known for having a short lifespan, smiley or scrumper piercings, as they are equally called, can last for a few years. On average, however, most wearers report having the piercing comfortably last for about one year. Many factors can affect an individual’s experience with a scrumper, and in some cases, an individual may not be a candidate for the piercing at all. Not intended for permanence, this piercing type is perfect for those who want something striking, yet temporary. As a fun piercing to have for a short time period, it is one of the most unique and eye-catching styles. Truly, there is no piercing quite like a scrumper, and if cared for properly, it will leave a striking impression while it lasts.

Typically, a scrumper piercing is not a very painful experience. Due to the thin tissue, a sharp pain will be felt at first, though most report it hurting less than cartilage piercings. More so than the initial poke, the healing process itself can be uncomfortable. It can be difficult to resist playing with or touching the piercing site with your tongue, but these actions can have detrimental side effects. If the site becomes red, swollen, or exceedingly painful, this may be a sign of infection, and that the piercing needs to be removed.

Over time, a scrumper piercing can cause wear on the gums and enamel. An individual’s mouth shape can be a determining factor in how long it will be before this wearing occurs. If this happens, it’s probably time for your scrumper piercing to move on.

Everyone’s body is different, and there are many factors at play that can affect an individual’s healing window. Environment, personal immune systems, and lifestyle are all big considerations when looking at your recovery time. Smoking and drinking alcohol will also have a negative impact on the healing window, and in some cases, can cause infection and even rejection of the piercing. When properly cared for, however, a scrumper piercing will heal in about one to three months. By following Black Line Studio’s aftercare protocol, you will be well on your way to smiling brightly again!

Faster than any other part of the body, the mouth heals from injuries rapidly. This factor alone helps a scrumper piercing heal faster than some other unique types of piercings. The biggest challenges for your new piercing will be to keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria, as well as avoiding snagging the jewelry and causing any tears or infection. Mouths are a hotbed of bacteria, and therefore the primary reason why aftercare protocols should be followed so stringently.