But yet, I feel that if I use those constraints with every bit of dialog that I am over-doing it and it will get very annoying to read and seem too "in-your-face" if that makes sense.
On the other hand, if I only do that occasionally does it appear that I am inconsistent in the way the characters speak?
Right now I am using the occasional approach in the theory that a lot goes a long way, but that could easily change in revisions. I feel that it gives a flavor for the character's speech without becoming too much of a distraction.
So, opinions anyone? What's the best way to handle strong dialect in dialog?