The angel bites are a set of a couple of piercings that go through your upper lip. Each piercing here is placed right on the opposite side of your mouth. This setting makes them set apart from one another, but they mirror the placement of each other.
The angel bites are also named in the cross snake type bites. These are applied just like the regular angel bites, but they go on the lower lip. Both these snake bites and angel bites are quite a common type of piercings, but the former is more often. It is mainly because of that being a less damaging kind of piercing for your oral health.
Angel Bites Procedure
Angel Bite piercings are applied by professionals where you need to visit the piercing studio to get it done. Once you are in the vicinity then make sure that the environment there is clean along with the tools used by the piercing artist. The shop must smell like a sterilizer and the station must be clutter-free and organized.
You must note that the piercing procedure could be dangerous if it is not properly done or if the studio or tools used are not clean. You must ask your piercer all those questions which could make you comfortable. They are professionals and they understand the requirements, demands, and expectations of their clients.
The procedure for angel bites is not much different than any other kind of body piercing that you have done or you know about. Your lip will be sterilized by the piercer and the designated spots for the angel bites would be marked using a sterile marker.
Make sure that you have a very careful and deep look at the marks applied on your lips. If they are not in the right desirable place then now is the time to get it rectified. Once you are satisfied with the marks and their placement then it is time to get going with the procedure.
Your piercer would make use of piercing tongs for grasping your lip from the marked spot. A sterile and hollow needle would be used then by the piercer for piercing the skin, as required.
The shaft of the jewelry item would then be threaded right into the piercing before the needle is removed and the labret ball is added.
You must note here that the jewelry that is placed immediately after piercing might make you feel a bit awkward in your mouth. Good thing is that this is a very quick process and it will just be over in a few seconds.
Time for the Healing Process
The complete healing process for the angel bites may take around three to four months in general. A lot of this is dependent upon how good you are with the aftercare. The first thing that you have to deal with is the swelling. It may take four to five days for the swelling to settle down gradually.
Tightness of skin, soreness, and itching in the pierced area could also make you uncomfortable persistently. On top of that, some people experience red or pink skin for a few days after the procedure is completed. Even, yellowish-white liquid might also be experienced by some which seep out of the pierced spit. This is not pus, but it is an indicator that your wound is healing as expected.
The oral piercing is applied press frequently against your teeth. This may trigger some dental issues and it may also recede your gum lines. A piercing on the bottom lip ends with more of a natural gap that exists between the piercing and the gum line.
This also means that some definite piercings do not make significant contact if they are applied through the lower lip. The angel piercings almost always are pressed against your gums and there is no exception to it.
It is for this reason that such piercing is not desirable for all those who are having any sort of oral hygiene or specific dental health issues. If you are not fully sure about it then you must consult your dentist before booking your angle bites piercing appointment.
In some rare cases, some people experience infections and some complications during the post-procedure period. If your swelling does not subside even after a week and the yellowish-white seeping liquid resembles pus then there is a chance of getting an infection. It may also be caused if you see the redness in the surrounding skin area not settling down.
If you experience any of these symptoms then make sure that you do not remove the angel bites which are already inserted. If you attempt to do so then it would block the piercing and all your hard work and days of aftercare would go in vain.
On top of that, removing jewelry may also lead to a lot of other complications as well which are associated with the healing process. The best approach should be to see your doctor and get the medication to treat the issue in the best possible manner.
Please note that there is a potential risk associated with any type of body piercing or body mod that you consider. This procedure of angel bites could be as dangerous as any other type of small or big procedure that you could undertake on your body.
Mainly apart from the dental, oral hygiene, and skin infection issues, this angel bites procedure is quite safe. The main suggestion is to consider your physician for skin issues and dentist for oral issues before or after the procedure, as required.
Is Angel Bite Procedure Painful?
The procedure requires your skin to be perforated. In such a case, you will experience some pain. The intensity of the pain, however, would vary from one person to the other. For example, someone with a fat or big upper lip might experience more pain as compared to the one with thinner and smaller lips.
It is simply because the fat and big upper lips would have more muscles and nerves present in there, which causes more pain as compared to the other person with thinner lips. This same procedure is seen to be more painful for the men as their skin in the subject area is normally more robust which could be due to shaving. This also makes the process a bit more complicated for men as compared to women.
Aftercare with the Angel Bites
The angel bites procedure itself is quite simple and quick. But, since the procedure is directly related to your skin and oral hygiene so a few things need to be taken care of. Generally, you need to follow all the aftercare tips that are given by your piercer. The following is a brief list of a few things that you must be doing once you are done with your angel bites procedure:
- Ensure that you keep the pierced area dry and clean until it heals entirely.
- Make use of antibacterial soap for cleaning the region. Using warm saline water is also good.
- You must rinse your mouth thoroughly with the saline water for the one-minute minimum.
- A toothbrush that you will use must come with soft bristles. Make sure that you brush gently.
- When you are masticating food then make sure that you are careful as fast chewing could hurt.
- Prefer cold food items such as ice cream or chilled milk. This helps in swelling reduction.
Apart from the above things to ensure, the following is a list of few other things that you must avoid:
- Make sure that you do not eat anything for 3 – 4 hours after completing the piercing procedure.
- Never touch the piercing area with unhygienic hands.
- Make sure that you are not consuming too much alcohol or caffeine as it could delay healing.
- You must not play or fiddle with the piercing or the newly added jewelry.
- Don’t think about chewing gum or smoking unless the piercing is healed completely.
The advice of the piercer matters a lot here. However, there are cases where different piercers come with their different opinions, suggestions, tips, and remedies for the healing phase. You should do your due diligence by asking all questions to the piercer, whatever comes to your mind about the aftercare and the complete healing process.
Cost Associated with Angel Bites Piercing
The cost of angel piercing varies from brand to brand and type to type. As compared to the single piercing such as for a nose, you could double the price here. The double price is obviously because angel bites come in a pair always.
They are two separate piercings. The price may also vary considerably in different regions of the world where piercer for their services charge differently as per the local market there and the demand for angel bites.
As a rough estimate, you can expect to pay anything between 75 to 100 USD if you are in America. The price gets slightly lower for those in England as it ranges between 40 to 70 GBP. In Europe, the estimated price of angle bites is believed to be between 50 to 80 EUR.
The cost may also fluctuate depending upon the experience of your piercer and also that where the studio is located. A piercer in a high-end street would cost a lot more as compared to the one who is operating in a local shop in a suburb.
This makes the entire shopping process of angel bites and getting it done, a bit complicated. The best approach is to call your piercer and get the quote.
You must check with other competitors of the piercer and compare the quotes that you get from all before you book an appointment with the most economical one.
Make sure that the price that we mentioned above is for the piercer only and it doesn’t include the cost of the jewelry at all.
Jewelry for Angel Bites
The labret studs for the angel bites are hands down the most common and the most in-demand jewelry worn. When you get your piercing done for the first time then this jewelry will be put in the piercing.
Make sure that the piercing with which you are pierced would be quite long considered for accommodating the usually lip swelling after the procedure.
After a couple of months or more after the procedure, you may look to replace the swell bar with more of a normal-sized stud for the lip.
Another good option here is to wear a lip ring rather than going with a stud as mentioned just above. This ring loops all-around your lip and penetrated through the piercing spot. Some of the users believe that such a type of piercing is kind of less damaging ultimately to both your gums and enamel.
It is truly your choice with the jewelry and what you prefer or are comfortable with. We really cannot say that one is better than the other or vice versa.
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Angel Bites is very much in style whether you are in the USA, UK, Europe, or any other part of the world. It is a simple procedure that requires a few seconds to complete only. It is mainly the healing phase and the required aftercare that requires a lot of time and attention.
It is recommended to make use of the long labret during the healing phase. This would help you a great deal in avoiding any sort of skin irritation and itching. Some people prefer to go with the barbells which would make you recall the projections of a crayfish.
Moving on, a ring is also preferred in the place by some users. The initial healing gets completed in a week while full healing can take 4 to 5 months. During the healing process, consult your physician or dentist if there is any infection or abnormality in the recovery notice.