Shark bite piercings are quite popular these days, and they are relatively newer. They fall into the category of “4 piercings.” Similar to the spider and viper styles of lip piercings, these are done with two piercings really close together on both ends of the bottom lip, resulting in four piercings. The look is like two sets of incisor teeth, externally. Another term used for “shark bites” is “double snake bites.” It’s a look that can be played up or down, and is a great way to enhance your smile or pout.

Many different options are available for wearing in these piercings, and there is a good amount of creativity the wearer can play with:  captive bead rings, labrets, circular barbells, and lip loop rings, spikes, ball ends, crystals, gemstones, and in plenty of different colors; the jewelry options are endless. These are pretty fun piercings!

The pain-factor with these can be pretty intense, as it involves four piercings. When you get shark bites, it is the same healing process that applies to any piercing involving external and oral care. This means you need to use two methods of care to prevent inflammation and infection. You should use a new toothbrush during the healing phase, and keep your mouth as hygienic as possible. Supplementing with vitamins C, B, and Zinc can be pretty beneficial.

Talk to me. Do you have a snake bite piercing? What kind of jewelry do you prefer?


  • Maddy

    March 24, 2013at9:20 am

    Do you have to get the sets done one at a time? Like one pair of snake bites and then the other? I have dimple piercings right now and I really want sharkbites. It’s hard to find people who have them though, there aren’t many YouTube results or anything.

  • Kami

    April 1, 2013at2:38 pm

    I recommend that you speak with a reputable piercer about the piercings. They can decide based on your anatomy whether or not it’s right for you. If you get them, send us some pictures. We’d love to see them.

  • Lamar

    April 17, 2013at2:30 pm

    i already have the right side of my lip pierced, just one. Can i get the other three done at once?

    • Kami

      April 17, 2013at2:33 pm

      Definitely speak to your piercer about that. They’ll be able to tell you what will work best for your circumstances. Check back with us if you get it done, as we’d love to hear how it goes.

  • Krista

    April 25, 2013at9:29 pm

    I’m working on getting my shark bites. 🙂 I’ve had spider bites for awhile and decided I wanted more. I just finished my angel bites so once those heal a little I will get the other two pierced. 🙂

  • Clair

    August 18, 2014at1:32 am

    I just got my sharkbites a few weeks ago and all I’ve gotten are compliments … I got all four at the same time and I have to say it was pretty intense

  • shadowfawkes

    October 22, 2014at12:11 am

    I just got snake bites. I heart them so much. I want to do shark bite but I’ll have to talk to my piercer first. The swelling for the two at once wasn’t bad. And it didn’t hurt nearly as much as I thought it would.

  • Griffin Lewis

    October 27, 2014at6:40 pm

    I’m fourteen, and I’m thinking of getting shark bites. Do you think it’s a good idea to get them? and I prefer shark, spider, or snake bite piercings!

  • Jessie

    April 13, 2016at3:47 am

    I got shark bites 2 years ago and it can hurt for me it was not bad I had all mine done at the same time as well I guess this tren just showed up so I have to get the top lip done now like shark and canine combination going on

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