Every material used to hide a nose piercing has its own advantages and limitations, but glass retainers are one of the best choices for most piercings. It is extremely biocompatible, easy to insert and comfortable, and the material is a good choice if you are thinking of stretching your nostril piercings. Glass retainers are usually made out of quartz or borosilicate glass, which are heat treated in order to make them as strong as possible. Both types of glass can be sterilized in an autoclave and are easy to clean with soap and water.
It’s important to consider what color to use when choosing a glass retainer to hide your piercing: you can use either clear glass or a tinted glass that will blend in with your skintone. Clear glass retainer jewelry will not hide the piercing so much as minimize it. They can be difficult to see depending on lighting conditions, but there are angles at which the piercing is more likely to be visible. If you want to conceal your piercing, borosilicate glass nostril retainers are available in a variety of fleshtones. Although most glass nose hiders will retain a glossy finish, it is often possible to find a shade that will blend in well with your complexion. And If you can’t find a match for your skin tone, a common strategy is to use a hider color that resembles a freckle or mole.
In addition to color it is also important to consider which glass retainer shape will work best for you, a nose bone or a nosescrew. Nosebones are nostril studs with a gemmed or plain front, and a straight wearable post flared slightly at one end. This back flare is usually a small ball, and it’s used to keep the stud from falling out. The benefit of wearing a nosebone is that, like the design itself, it is very straightforward and usually simple to pop in or remove. On the other hand, the flared bulb can be as much as 0.5mm larger than the post. Inserting this design can cause irritation in an unhealed or inflexible piercing. They are designed to only be worn when your piercing is well healed. Nosescrews also have a straight wearable section that sits in the piercing. However, instead of a thicker back flare, they have a bent section that is worn inside the nostril and comes in two styles. A straight bend nosescrew, has a back section that is left straight, usually bent at a right angle to the post, forming an L-shape that sits in your nostril. A nosecrew with a curved back, also has a 90 degree bend in the post, but the back section has an additional curve in it. This curve is rotated through your piercing, much like a corkscrew in a cork, to gradually insert the piece.
Of course, any glass will never be as strong as steel or titanium, and common nostril jewelry sizes like 18g and 20g have the risk of breaking that metals don’t. And I’d like to add that, like anything small and clear, glass nosescrews and nose bones become virtually invisible when dropped on the floor.