16 mm is nearly the perfect measure for everyone. It happens often, that the piercer sets in a longer tongue piercing just after you got shot a tongue piercing. Because the tongue swells after it is pierced, 16 mm are too short.
Secondly, what happens if your tongue bar is too small?
If your starter tongue barbell is too short, causing the top and bottom balls to press into your tongue, that pressure can lead to necrosis (i.e. tissue death), which can eventually cause infection if it continues for too long.
Also, how long should a tongue bar be?
In terms of length, 5/8″ is the standard size for tongue barbells. You were most likely pierced with a 1″ straight barbell to allow for swelling. If you find that to be a comfortable length for you to wear even after your tongue heals, then purchase a new tongue ring of the same size.
What is the best size tongue bar?
Typically, the tongue piercing will be done using a 14-gauge/ 14G tongue piercing ring made of high/ medical-grade titanium or even a 14K gold barbell that measures 7/8 of an inch. This is the size recommended for the initial tongue piercing ring, but that changes when the piercing has healed.
Could my tongue be too short to pierce? While this is rare, there are some who are not able to stick their tongue far enough out of their mouths for it to be pierced. … For individuals whose tongues are shorter, we usually just pierce them closer—but not too close—to the tip.
The answer is often a plastic tongue ring – plastic tongue rings feel softer, won’t damage your teeth and are safe for X-rays and hospital. Non-metal tongue rings are also a good compromise for school – many schools believe tongue bars are unsafe but the majority will agree to a plastic tongue retainer as a compromise.
Standard piercing sizes
|Piercing||Standard Gauge||Standard Length|
|Belly / Navel Ring||14G||3/8″ , 7/16″|
|Nose Piercing||20G , 18G||1/4″ , 5/16″|
|Cartilage Piercing||16G , 18G||3/16″ , 1/4″ and 5/16″|
You’ll also have to be careful to prevent bacteria getting into the mouth which means no smoking, kissing, putting your hands in your mouth OR engage in oral sex. You should avoid this for as long as possible, with many websites advising against oral sex for at least 4-6 weeks.
Avoid hitting their teeth with your piercing.
When you kiss someone, and you have a tongue piercing, snakebites, or a lip ring, it’s important to be mindful of the other person’s teeth. Piercings can chip teeth and cause oral damage for the other person. Be gentle when you are kissing someone and you have a piercing.
The snake eye piercing is a curved barbell placed horizontally towards the tip at the end. Two ball ends give the appearance of eyes, making your tongue look like a snake. Turning your tongue into a snake may sound awesome to some of us, but not everyone’s a fan.
You can go out drinking after getting a tongue piercing. You should avoid alcohol for a minimum of two to three weeks after a piercing as it can cause irritation, pain, excess swelling, and other complications. … It should be avoided for at least two to three weeks after a piercing.
Avoiding Problems: A few temporary lifestyle changes can also help you avoid some serious complications after having tour tongue pierced. This includes avoiding oral sex while your piercing site is healing. Do not have things like chewing like chewing gums or mints while the tongue is healing is also advisable.
To be on the safe side of avoiding irritation and infection, you can‘t change your tongue piercing until the wound is healed. Piercings heal from the outside in, so you can‘t rely on a visual inspection of the piercing to determine if it’s ready to be changed.