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Published Thursday, January 18, 2024

Snake Bite Piercings: A Complete Guide

Understanding Snake Bites

Snake bites are a pair of piercings placed on the lower lip, creating a cool, snake fang-like appearance. It's crucial to ensure symmetrical placement on both sides, so if something seems off during marking, speak up with your piercer!


The Piercing Process

Your piercer will determine the right gauge and jewelry type based on your anatomy, with a labret stud being a common choice. 

Is It Painful?

Wondering about pain? While the skin under the lip is less sensitive, getting pierced twice will still bring some discomfort. 

Healing Time

Healing usually takes 6-8 weeks.

Aftercare Essentials

After the piercing, expect some swelling, making eating and talking a bit challenging. Stick to soft foods initially and avoid spicy, acidic, hot, and salty foods. Follow your piercer's aftercare instructions diligently – no touching the piercing with unwashed hands!

  • Clean the outside of the piercing twice a day with a saline spray.
  • Avoid cotton balls or swabs to prevent threads from getting stuck.
  • Use an alcohol-free mouthwash after meals to clean the inside of your mouth.
  • Maintain regular oral hygiene by brushing and flossing.

Additional Tips During Healing

While healing, steer clear of bodies of water, kissing, oral activities, and sharing utensils or drinks. Oral piercings, including snake bites, can potentially cause gum and tooth damage, so keep practicing good oral care even after healing. If you notice any issues, contact your dentist.


Snake bites are a fun way to express yourself. Check out for a variety of jewelry designs once your piercing has fully healed. We hope this guide was helpful. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. And don't forget to follow us on all our socials @Bodyartforms!