There are plastic options, but this may not be a good option for you
until your swelling is completely gone. There are two types of plastic
that are safe for wear during healing: PTFE and bioflex.
is easy to find, almost all jewelry suppliers carry it. However, it
has a low melting point, making it next to impossible to autoclave
properly, and you want sterile jewelry in a new piercing. I have tried
to sterilize it before with horrible results. Because it is a plastic,
you can't really clean it with chemicals either, or you risk breaking
down the plastic polimers, and it is also possible for the plastic to
absorb some of the chemicals.
PTFE is a much better choice
initially because it can be sterilized without melting, but
unfortunately, there is only one company that I know of that sells PTFE
lip studs, and they only carry sizes up to 3/8". You will likely need a
longer size for swelling, 7/16" most likely, especially with getting 2
piercings at once.
A lot of jewelry companies use the terms
bioflex and PTFE interchangeably, but they are completely different
materials. Bioflex is hollow with push-pin ends, and PTFE is completely
solid with screw-on ends.
To be completely honest, if I were you,
I would start of with the metal studs initially, then as soon as your
swelling goes down, switch it out to PFTE. I understand how you feel
about metal against your teeth, but if you can just get through the
first few weeks, this would be the safest way for healing. If you
choose to start off with bioflex, you put yourself at a higher risk of
infection since it's next to impossible to clean it properly enough for
You may have a very hard time finding a piercer who is
willing to start you off with bioflex. You might even have a hard time
finding one willing to switch you out to PTFE when you're ready to
downsize. There shouldn't be an issue with the PTFE though since it can
be sterilized. If your piercer is not familiar with this material,
stress that it is safe for wear during healing and it can be sterilized
the same as metal.
Either way you go, I would strongly suggest
getting pierced at 14g. Bioflex is hollow with push-pin ends, and both
16g and 14g are meant to accommodate the same sized pin. However, with
16g as thin as it is, the shaft itself is so thin that it is prone to
splitting down the side when inserting the pin. I HATE working with
16g bioflex for this reason. 14g has a thicker shaft, and I've never
had one split. If you go with 16g bioflex, plan to buy a few back-up
pieces. PFTE is not hollow, balls simply screw on the end as it does
with externally threaded metal jewelry. But since most 16g balls are
designed to fit both 18g and 16g jewelry, the opening of the ball is too
small to actually fit on a 16g PTFE post. 14g balls fit 14g PTFE with
no problem at all.
Some links for you:
Sorry I can't make them clickable, for some reason the hyperlink function does not work whenever I reply on here.
I only have one lip piercing but I hardly ever have the metal on my teeth, even when there's a ring in my lip.
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