There are many different types of gags, some of which you will find descriptions of below:

A BALL GAG is usually made of rubber or silicone in the shape of a sphere with a strap passing through its diameter. The most common diameter is 1 3/4 inches, but other sizes can be found.

In use, the ball is strapped into the mouth behind the teeth, with the straps going around the head to secure it in place.  If the ball is very large, it may be difficult to push it into place behind the teeth, or to remove it. A ball gag’s purpose is more of humiliation rather than silence; the wearer can still be heard, but it renders their speech completely unintelligible, distorts their facial features, and, should the wearer attempt to talk, excessive drooling will result.

A wiffle gag is a simple ball gag that replaces the standard solid rubber ball with a light plastic ball similar to the one used for the game of floorball. This is normally seen in Japanese bondage contexts, and is generally safer because there is constant airflow. This is useful for asthmatics. Drooling can also be induced by pulling the gagged person’s lip for a minute. Once drooling starts, it is almost impossible to stop. Some people use this as a way of emphasising that they are in control of the bound person. Also, some people find the sight of a gagged person drooling very erotic.

A BIT GAG is styled like the bit used in a bridle for a horse, and much of its sexual appeal stems from fetishistic symbolism in human pony play.

It consists of a bar that is held in place in the wearer’s mouth by straps or other device. Unlike the metal bit that is most common in horse bridles, the bar of a bit gag is usually a soft rubber cylinder. It is not very effective in preventing speech, unless combined with mouth stuffing, although it will make it somewhat more difficult for the wearer to produce coherent speech. Occasionally reins are attached. Because of the possibility of injury to the lips, the bit gag is not suitable for rough play.

A BUTTERFLY GAG is a wing shaped gag, that is usually inflatable by means of a rubber bulb. The central part fits behind the teeth to fill up the mouth, while the wings go between the teeth and the lips. The gag inflates in the shape of a butterfly.  This kind of gag is very hard to keep in the wearer; use of an O-ring in front of the gag strapped to the back of the head will hold the butterfly gag in place.

A more effective variant of the OTM gag is called the CLEAVE GAG. Instead of being tied over the person’s mouth, the scarf or cloth is pulled between his or her teeth. While such a gag of thin material is not very effective, a thick scarf can be used to hold his or her mouth open, and the tighter that gag is tied the better it works, although no matter how tightly it is tied, the gagged person can usually spit it out. It can be used effectively however. But even when it is applied properly, the gagged person can still nearly say the words they are trying to say, but it just comes out muffled.  Occasionally a knot is tied in the centre of the gag so it works more like a ball gag.

A WHITEHEAD GAG, also called a mouth spreader gag or a dental open mouth gag, is a device to hold the mouth open. The device is similar to a Jennings gag, the main difference being the two ratchets in front of the gag to hold the mouth open. Some whitehead gags come with a strap added to help hold the gag in place as they can otherwise usually be removed by the wearer with their tongue after some effort. Similar to the Jennings gag, the whitehead gag can strain the jaw if inserted into a fully opened mouth as well as the fact that they do not have any form of padding on the part that comes into contact with the teeth (as this would make sterilisation difficult) this can be uncomfortable for the wearer and could in extreme cases chip or damage the teeth.

A FUNNEL GAG consists of a funnel with a tube leading from its spout into the mouth, usually with straps to hold the tube in. Such a gag is used to force the bound person to drink a fluid. It is very easy to choke during such forced drinking.  Funnel gag’s are a particularly good tool when Mistress decides it is time for forced acceptance of her golden nectar!

FORNIPHILIC GAG is a term used to describe a type of gag which has the primary purpose of objectifying and/or humiliating the wearer. The gag becomes a mounting point for a tool or other device which allows a slave to perform a task or service for their master or mistress. When employing the gag, the slave’s hands are usually bound behind them so they have no other option than to control the tool with the gag. In order to provide stability and to allow the slave to control the tool, a muzzle gag with a mouthpiece is commonly used as a base for attaching the tool.

Types of tool or device can include the following;

  • Dildo or vibrator
  • Ashtray
  • Toilet brush
  • Feather duster
  • Boot or floor brush

Gags employing a dildo or vibrator are readily available from on-line retailers; ashtray gags are also popular but to a lesser extent. Other types of forniphilic gags are much more difficult to source.

A HARNESS GAG encircles the head, and the straps are generally secured by buckles that fasten at the back. Head harnesses are most commonly used to provide points of attachments to secure various kinds of gags, such as ball gags, bit gags, muzzle gags and ring gags, although they also have other uses, such as providing attachment points for other forms of bondage, or may be used simply for their psychological effect. Head harnesses may also function as a gag by themselves, by restricting the ability to open the mouth, or have a mouth cover as an integral part.

Head harnesses, like many other forms of bondage, also have the effect of creating a sense of objectification and erotic helplessness in the wearer, which can be erotic for the wearer, or for those observing them. Many head harnesses are designed with straps that pass in front of the wearer’s eyes, restricting their vision, and further increasing the sense of objectification and erotic subjection.

An INFLATABLE GAG is usually a rubber balloon which is inflated by a hand valve. Most inflatable gags will not hold in the gagged person’s mouth well, so the gag is usually paired with a ring gag to keep it in place.

A PENIS GAG is a muzzle gag that has a bulge on the inside that is placed into the mouth. It may be wide and flat, intended to depress the tongue, or it may be a large knob similar to a ball gag. This type of gag is sometimes considered a humiliating gag due to its resemblance to having a penis in the wearer’s mouth.

A TAPE GAG involves the use of sticky tape over the mouth. The most commonly used types are duct tape, gaffer tape and PVC tape from two to three inches in width. Tape gags are the simplest gags to apply. To better secure the tape, a long strip of tape can be wrapped around the lower part of the person’s head. A strip from ear to ear under the jaw restricts jaw movement, making the gag more effective. However, the tape can cause the skin on the lips to be ripped off and it can irritate the lips and cause fever blisters in those who have dormant fever blisters or cold sores. The tape can also rip hair off when wrapped around the head. The longer the tape is left on, the harder it will be to remove from the skin.

Though many prefer ball gags and bit gags during bondage play, tape gags are often used when neither is available. The top may also use tape during a roleplay where a ball gag will be inappropriate; for example, a kidnapper and captive scene that does not immediately lead to sex.

While tape gags can be combined with stuff gags for extra effectiveness, it is easy for one to choke on the stuffing inside of the mouth.