It's not recommended that you try to take this ring out yourself because 1, it's really hard to do with such a small ring and 2, you could seriously rip your ear up. So, I went looking for places around here to get it changed to a bioflex labret stud. (I got it pierced at school and I'm at home now) Bioflex is a flexible plastic material that's great if you have sensitivity to certain metals. A labret is any flat backed stud. These are commonly used in oral piercings. Bioflex labret studs are especially good for protecting your teeth from scraping metal.
I went several places, but the piercer wasn't there, they didn't do piercing, or they flat out didn't want to put in a bioflex piece. I was frustrated so I looked up how to remove the captive bead ring on YouTube and took the plunge. It snapped out after a while, but I COULD NOT get the bioflex in! I had to ask my mom, who didn't want me to get the piercing in the first place, to help. She got it in after much blood and soreness. Yes, there was blood!
Now that the labret has been in a while, the swelling and bumps from the months of wearing the ring has subsided. I think anyone wanting to get this piercing should get it done with something straight. I love my tragus and think the new heart shaped labret is cute. Once I feel it has healed enough from the ring I may go out and get more at Claire's. They now carry little packs of bioflex labrets. I got 2 studs for $12.99 someplace else, but at Claire's that same price will get me 3x as many.
Get a stud similar to the one pictured here!