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Tongue Ring Size When First Pierced | Secret Tips & Complete Guide

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Do you want to know what the best tongue ring size when first pierced is? Well if you are planning to do the tongue piercing for the first time, then this is the first question that will probably hit your mind.

Before you do a tongue piercing, we would like to make you mention that it can make you put into a lot of discomfort and pain until and unless it is not completely healed. No matter whether it has been healed in the first place or if the roots are still troubling you a lot, you should better be defending yourself on the ring size at the time of piercing.

So get ready to know about the right sizing of the ring to wear in your tongue piercing! A comfortable ring will allow you to make it wear it at any time without facing any discomfort or pain.

 Let’s get into the discussion below to clear all your assumptions! 

Tongue Ring Size When First Pierced

Generally telling you, the whole art of tongue piercing is done through the use of a 14-gauge/ 14G tongue piercing ring. This ring is made of high and medical-grade titanium or even the 14K gold barbell which measures 7/8 of an inch.

different size tongue rings

This is one such size which we mostly recommend when it comes to doing the piercing for the first time. But this size will change as soon as the healing period will end up.

Hence, the whole length of the ring or the barbell is short enough once your piercing gets healed.

If you have never done oral piercing, then you probably would be wondering that why the piercing rings should be of a specific size. This is just because the oral piercing is available with a higher risk of teeth along with your dental work.

But if you want to lower all the risks coming your way, it is important to choose the right sizing of the tongue piercing jewelry.

You should ask all the questions from the piercing expert before you get into the final decision. After the piercing is done, the expert will never sit back at your home until the final healing is done. You have to take care of your piercing area on your own.

What Size Tongue Ring Do They Pierce With?

We have already mentioned that tongue piercing is generally done with the help of 14G barbell or the tongue. This barbell ring will have a diameter which is 1.6mm in length.

What Size Tongue Ring Do They Pierce

Some of the piercers even look for the barbell of 12G which is quite larger than the 14G. It might be possible that they will be stretching the piercing site just for the sake of accommodating the larger piece of jewelry.

If you want to have the piercing barbell of the perfect fitting, it is important that you should know the accurate size of the gauge to be used. Anything which is too small or too much large will make the whole barbell piercing to be uncomfortable and awkward.

Piercing jewelry used in this whole process is even longer just because the longer barbells will be giving the piercing site extra room for swelling and healing. If your piercing is swelling and still you are wearing the short piercing barbell, then the whole swelling will just wrap around the barbell.

This will also include the end balls, and this whole contact will also increase the risk of infections. The longer size of the barbell will be encouraging healthy healing and will even lower the risk of infection.

As soon as the piercing is completely healed, you can now wear the shorter barbells, which will also be reducing the whole dental work and teeth. As soon as the piercing heals, you have to choose a smaller ball that should be on the underside of the tongue.

How Long is a Starter Tongue Ring?

How long is a starter tongue ring

When it comes to the length, most of the rings for the piercing of the tongue are 16mm or 5/8 of an inch. This will be representing the distance or the length from the base of one ball to the other end of the ball.

But to allow the swelling, the piercing expert will often make the use of a 1” barbell. This sizing is quite uncomfortable for some people. But this is one common sizing that is generally used in tongue piercing.

You have to wear this size until and unless the piercing is not completely healed. Make sure that you do not change the piercing until you do not feel that the piercing area has been completely healed.

Tips and Advice When You First Pierce Your Tongue!

For all those people who are doing tongue piercing for the first time, them taking care of the piercing is not the easiest thing to do so. But hold on, because we are available right here for you! Here we have some basic and easy to follow tips for you to know about as the first time piercing:

Design of the Tongue Barbell

If you are picking a barbell that is available with the decoration along with two balls, then look for the material which is not too heavy for the tongue. It should not be painful for the healing process at all. To stay safe, look for the simpler barbells for the piercing.

Piercing Jewelry Material is Important

Apart from the medical-grade titanium and 14K gold, other safe options include PMMA-quality acrylic, surgical steel, or even the use of crystal/ glass.

Placement of Tongue

Design, size, length, and material are a few of the major considerations which you need to follow for the selection of the best piercing. But there is another major aspect that you should never avoid which is placement. By the term placement, generally means that the piercing has to be positioned correctly.

You should be discussing this feature with the expert and make sure that the piercing is placed just in the middle of the tongue. Some people even demand to make it place at the middle, right side, or even about ¾ “ back from your tongue’s tip.

The barbell should be also pierced in a diagonal direction with the top leaning back to be slightly ahead. Over the underside of your tongue, the piercing should be positioned right in front of that area of web-like skin pattern under the tongue or the lingual frenulum.

After Care Precautions!

You should be following all the basic aftercare instructions and make sure you even follow them after the healing process comes to an end.  It is always better to be safe than to be sorry! You should make sure that you hire a professional piercer. They should have sterile instruments which are disposable and have single-use needles and sterile/ high-quality jewelry.

As you get home, you should be maintained with some highest standards of oral hygiene, or cleanse, and hence make use of the right cleansers. This includes:

  • You should avoid sharing your utensils or drinks.
  •  Always try to wash your hands before you touch the piercing or even any other part of your mouth.
  • Avoid putting any sort of things in your mouth.
  • Avoid any sort of oral sexual activities for as long as the piercing gets healed.
  • Invest in something which is of new, high-quality toothbrush and just keep it clean at all times.
  • Use the ice to prevent swelling.
  • Keep your head up as elevated at night.
  • Make use of OTC anti-inflammatory to simply minimize swelling or pain.
  • Don’t try to change jewelry before the piercing is not fully healed.

Tongue Piercing Risks & Safety Measures

Before you make some plans to wear the tongue ring, it is extremely important to have an idea about the risks or dangers which are associated with such a piercing. It is important to take some immediate safety measures to avoid such risks. It is the duty of a professional piercer to make you learn about all the measures which are needed to be taken away.

In just a few seconds, you will be all done with the completion of the oral piercing. It will be giving you with lesser discomfort or bleeding. Somehow there won’t be too much bleeding but still, you should be prepared enough to deal with any situation.

Sometimes the piercing ring you are choosing also depends upon the fact that how much pain you will get throughout the whole recovery period. Some of the most common tongue piercing concerns are:

  • The safety of the whole procedure itself.
  • Possible damage to the teeth, dental work, or oral structures.
  • Risk of any infection.

Pros and Cons of Tongue Piercing

If you actually want to know that whether this piercing is right for you or not, then the best way out would be to know about its pros and cons. Let’s help you a bit know about the pros and cons:


  • Tongue piercings can heal faster in comparison with other piercings.
  • They are very much easy to hide as no one will notice them unless you will show them off.
  • It looks extremely stylish and subtle.
  • There are many different forms of variations of the piercing to pick from.


  • You will be at the high risk of facing any rejection and migration.
  • There is also a risk of swallowing the jewelry in case it gets loose.
  • It can pose out some serious health risks.

What Type of Jewelry Is Used for Tongue Piercing?


Barbell is the most common which you will be wearing in the tongue piercing. It has the length which is all depending on the basis of the anatomical positioning of your tongue and will hence vary from person to person.

Labret Stud

Similar to the barbell, this one such style of jewelry is having a flat disc that sits on the underside of the tongue for letting it to stay hold at one place with the decorative stud on its top.

What Jewelry Materials are used for Tongue Piercing?


If you want to invest in gold, you should look for the gold barbell. Gold is quite softer and it can easily bend so likely you won’t break a tooth.


Titanium is another best material choice for people who are having sensitive skin. It is even suitable for people with nickel sensitivities. Titanium is known to be a dense and tough metal that can easily break tooth enamel.

Surgical Steel

Last we have surgical steel which is the safest of them all. It is all followed with the use of gold of 18k, 14k and is not gold-plated. Plus, they are also biocompatible, are hypoallergenic, and least likely to lead to infection.

If you do have nickel sensitivity, then just stick with titanium or gold, as steel has some trace amounts of nickel.

What Size Balls should I get for my Tongue Ring?

Now the question is that what sizing of the balls will work best for the tongue ring! Well, normally the ball size for your tongue ring should be 5mm. Some people do even prefer to wear the size between 5 and 6 mm balls for the tongue ring.

Before you choose the ball for the tongue ring it is very important to hence ensure that you are 10% comfortable with the jewelry.

The sizing of the ball will be depending on various factors. This includes the mouth, tongue, and so on. If you are piercing your tongue for the first time, then you should be using the small size ball between 10mm (0,39in) and 18mm (0,70in).

You are even allowed to increase the whole sizing of the ball by making it compare with the current ring ball size. But also remember that the larger the size, the more uncomfortable it will be.

What is the Shortest Size Tongue Ring?

what is the shortest size tongue ring

As you will make a search around, you will be finding numerous types of tongue rings available in the market. Some might be big for you and some of them are small enough.

But at the end of the day, you have to choose the best one for yourself without any hassle. Picking the best one out of so many options might be a hassle task for you.

For the tongue ring, the smallest size is available to be 14g which you can easily buy from any of the nearest jewelry shows or you can even buy it from an online store. Well as you choose any ring size, there are quite a few more personal factors which you need to be careful about.

If you have pierced your tongue for the first time, then you should be measuring the current jewelry before wearing any other size of the jewelry.

Before you remove the first piece of jewelry, just make sure that you should ask the piercer about what material to avoid facing any injuries or infections.

Why is that the Standard Size of a Tongue Piercing?

If there is any such piercing in which you can speak about the real standard size, then it is the tongue piercing. As you will be viewing the rest of the piercings with the determined standard size and the small exceptions of it, that is not at all the case with the tongue piercings.

One of the major reasons is that the tongue muscles are constantly changing the thickness as continually. Watch yourself in the mirror for a few seconds, press your tongue back, and then stick it out as much it is possible in a wide way.

This is how you will be able to know that the tongue has been thin and thick again and again. Therefore, it is important to look for a length that is not too short and not too much longer. 16mm is our best recommendation for everyone.

It might be possible that the piercer has set the longer tongue piercing just before you have got the shot of tongue piercing. This is because the tongue will swell out after the piercing for which the use of 16mm is quite a lot short.

As a fact, the tongue is one such area of the body that can heal itself very fast in comparison to other body parts. Most of the tongue piercing will heal themselves in the time period of just 4 weeks after which you can exchange the ring for the 16mm version.

What Size Tongue Bar do they pierce with in mm?

A tongue piercing is actually 16 mm long and 1.6 mm thick. Hence, the art of tongue piercing is known to be few of the piercings where such an unambiguous standard can be all named.


So this was the whole guide about how the whole art of tongue piercing can be taken into account and what size of tongue ring will work best for you. For the newbie, this whole procedure might be a little tricky to handle if they are into lack of information. But we are sure that we have helped you enough with it.

Get in touch with your piercing expert and know about all those facts and figures which you need to know for having the perfect ring size for your tongue piercing. All the best!

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Jasmin Piterson

Hi i am Dr. Jasmin Piterson an Sole owner and editor of The Piercing Home. I works with expert piercer and writes original content based on their recommendations. Previously, I have done my doctorate from the University of California. I covered all kind of stuff related to piercing. My favorite things include Eyebro piercing, septum piercing and all kind of piercing for both male and female

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