The Spider Bite Piercing: Everything You Need to Know
Bites piercings and other multiple lip piercings are the hot trend these days. The spider bite piercing takes the lip piercing look to a whole new level.
Featuring two piercings located closely together beneath the lower lip off to one side or the other, it emulates the look of a real spider bite. It’s a perfect choice for those looking for an edgier pierced look that’s subtler than other lip piercing types, like the shark bite piercing or the cyber bites piercing.
As with all lip piercings, considerations about your oral health need to be made before undergoing this procedure. The location of the spider bite piercing will cause the jewelry to rub against your teeth and gums, which will cause complications in the future; the level of those complications depends upon your anatomy and how much the jewelry presses against the teeth.
Before getting a spider bite piercing, you need to know the potential issues that can arise and how to avoid them. Here’s everything you need to know about the spider bite piercing.
How much do spider bite piercings hurt?
The individual piercings shouldn’t pinch too much; for reference, it’ll hurt more than a lobe piercing and less than a nose piercing. However, you will be getting two piercings placed closely together, and the multiple piercings could mean compounded pain and nerves.
If you have a low pain tolerance, then consider putting a few days in between the piercings.
Spider bite piercing healing process
You can expect to spend 4 - 12 weeks on healing. Everyone heals at a different rate, but you can shorten your healing if you adhere to aftercare practices for the entire healing process. Remember that your piercing will appear healed before it is, so you should have your piercer take a look at it before stopping aftercare practices. Sometimes, no matter how good you are at aftercare, the body simply takes time to repair itself.
The spider bite piercing isn’t any more complicated to heal than other lip piercing types. The majority of complications that can arise come from oral issues, including bad oral hygiene, biting on the jewelry and breaking teeth, and failing to cleanse the healing piercing of food debris.
Here are some tips to ease healing.
Cleanse your mouth with a sea salt rinse. Like with any piercing, you should conduct saline or sea salt soaks at least twice daily to clear the piercing of harmful bacteria. When healing lip piercings, it’s a good idea to add a sea salt mouth rinse to the mix. This will clean the back of your piercing and cleanse your mouth of bacteria.
Switch to a milder toothpaste. The mint in your toothpaste can irritate your piercing, especially during the first few days of healing. Try children’s bubblegum toothpaste or another milder flavor.
Eat soft foods. A big risk of lip piercings is that you can bite on your jewelry. Your first jewelry pieces will be larger to accommodate swelling, but it also makes it easier for you to chomp upon. As you get used to your piercing, eat soft foods to avoid a dental disaster.
Get pierced on the side you don’t sleep on. Aftercare never sleeps, even when you are. You must do your best to refrain from sleeping on your new piercing. Your pillow carries harmful bacteria, and placing pressure on your new piercing could lead to embedded jewelry or piercing rejection. To avoid this, pierce the side that you sleep on least often so that you can care for your piercing, even when unconscious.
Spider bite piercing jewelry styles
One of our favorite aspects of lip piercings is the variety of jewelry that it can hold.
In order to best achieve the fanged bite aesthetic, many opt for flat disc labret studs. Simple bead ends act as the dots left behind by venomous fangs. You can get all sorts of bead styles, from gemstones to charms and even spikes.
Hoops that sit flush with the lip make it seem as though you are the one with the fangs. Seamless hoops offer a sleek look, while captive bead rings add a beaded flair to this aesthetic.
For a combination of the two looks, circular barbells are a great option. These are preferred by those who really want their snake bite piercing to stand out.
For a completely unique look, you can also try twister barbells.
Why shouldn’t I get a spider bite piercing?
The main enemy against your new lip piercing will be your oral health. If you can’t adhere to aftercare practices, you don’t brush your teeth at least twice a day, or if you lost the genetic lottery when it comes to oral health, you should consider a piercing away from the mouth.
Wearing lip jewelry long term contributes to problems like receding gum lines and enamel wear. If you already struggle with these issues, then lip piercings aren’t for you.
How much will it cost?
You can expect to pay between $40 - $80 for your spider bite piercing. You need to find a piercer who can help you place your piercing in a location that will be the least harmful to your teeth and gums. If you have crooked teeth, then it’s especially important for you to find a piercer that can navigate this.
It’s always important to find a qualified piercer. A good piercer will know the best type of jewelry to fit you with, the proper aftercare practices to pass along, and they’ll set your piercing up for success. Choosing the right piercer is the first step to easy healing; if you choose the wrong piercer, you could be setting your piercing up for failure.