Some people experience closing of a tongue piercing within an hour and a half of stud removal, while others can keep their jewelry out for days at a time. The length of time it takes for a tongue piercing to close up after removing the jewelry will vary from person to person.
If jewelry is removed for any extended length of time, it is important to place a retainer in its place. A retainer keeps the piercing hole open. It is clear, so it allows the wearer to conceal the piercing. This is especially useful for individuals who practice sports or for those who are prohibited from wearing body jewelry at their place of employment. Retainers are generally made of acrylic.