How To Put in a Nose-Ring Ball

by Yvette Clark

If you lose the ball from your nose ring, or if you want to change the ball to give your piercing a new look, putting in a new ball can be challenging. In the best-case scenario, you’ll easily snap the new ball in. However, sometimes your ring may be open too wide, which will cause the ball to fall out, and sometimes it may be too tight, which will make it difficult to insert the ball.

Items you will need

  • Nose ring
  • Ball for ring
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Needle-nose pliers (optional)
  • Tape (optional)
Step 1

Thoroughly wash your nose piercing, hands and nose-ring ball with antibacterial soap. Even though you won’t be moving your nose ring too much as you put in the ball, making sure everything is clean will protect you from infection.

Step 2

Find the indentations on the ball. These indentations need to line up with the ends of your nose ring. The ring holds the ball at these two points.

Step 3

Hold the ball with your dominant hand and steady your nose ring with your nondominant hand. Line up one of the indentations with one end of the ring. Lightly press the ball into place until you hear it snap. If the ring is too tight to insert the ball, proceed to Step 5.

Step 4

Check the ball to ensure that it’s tight enough. To do this, hold your ring steady with one hand and lightly tug on the ball with your other. If it comes out, you’ll need to tighten your nose ring. Proceed to Step 6.

Step 5

Wrap the ends of needle-nose pliers with soft tape to make sure you won’t damage your jewelry. Steady your nose ring with your nondominant hand and use the pliers to gently pull open your ring.

Step 6

Push the ball into place and test to make sure it’s in tightly enough. If not, close the ring by lightly pressing it together with the pliers until the ball is firmly in place.


  • If you need to open or tighten your ring and you find it difficult to do this while it’s in your nose, you can take it out to make the adjustments.

About the Author

Yvette Clark has been working as a freelance writer and writing teacher for over 10 years, specializing in animal, nutrition and lifestyle topics. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.